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Top 10 cars forecasted to hold their value

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No one wants to buy a set of wheels that loses money hand over fist the second it leaves the dealership’s forecourt. These are some of the cars which depreciate the least. 

MINI Clubman

It’s true that, while most up-to-the-minute cars will shake off a weighty percentage of their initial cost, some will plunge in price substantially more than others. Indeed, the value of a new vehicle can tumble at a disturbing rate, although this differs across manufacturers and their models.

No one wants to buy a set of wheels that loses money hand over fist the second it leaves the dealership’s forecourt. You’ve probably heard the word ‘depreciation’ when you’ve been trawling dealerships trying to part exchange your car for a new one, or selling it privately.

All that word means is the difference between a motor’s price when you buy it new and when you come to trade it. Depreciation is swayed by many factors, including how desirable a car is, its specification level, its fuel efficiency, mileage, wear and tear, and whether it's reaching the end of its model life cycle.

Clearly, it makes sense to go for a vehicle that will hold its worth. That way, you’ll still get a respectable price when you come to put your car up for sale again.

Mechanic working on a car

As a rule of thumb, perceived prestige brands, such as the German-made Audi, or trendy lifestyle models such as the BMW-owned MINI or the Italian-built FIAT 500, more often than not hold their value well. This is especially the case if they are powered by an economical engine.

Still, it’s hard to predict how the market is going to react to a new vehicle when it is launched. However, Glass’s, the British motor trade’s guide to used car prices, has supplied us with a list of motors that are holding value – and will most likely continue to hold value over the next three years, or 30,000 miles.

As you’ll see from the amount of money they’ll doubtless lose, our top depreciation-busting motors are not totally impervious to taking a licking where value is concerned.

However, compared with their competitors, you will probably claw back a large wedge of the cash you originally splashed out for your new ride.

 So, here are the top ten cars that are forecasted to hold their value, and what they might be worth in three years’ time.

1. Porsche Macan 3.0TD V6 - 2015 on

Porsche Macan

  • Cost new: £41,409

  • Glass trade: £25,257

Forecasted depreciation after three years/30,000 miles: -39%

2. Audi A1 1.6 TDI - 2015 facelift version on

Audi A1

  • Cost new: £15,955

  • Glass trade: £9,575

Forecasted depreciation after three years/30,000 miles: -40%

3. BMW X3 2.0TD - 2014 on

BMW X3

  • Cost new: £37,755

  • Glass trade: £22,232

Forecasted depreciation after three years/30,000 miles: -41%

4. Vauxhall Astra 1.4i Hatchback - 2016 on

Vauxhall Astra

  • Cost new: £15,240

  • Glass trade: £8,764

Forecasted depreciation after three years/30,000 miles: -42%

5. MINI Cooper 1.5TD Hatchback - 2014 on

MINI Cooper

  • Cost new: £15,470

  • Glass trade £8,866

Forecasted depreciation after three years/30,000 miles: -43%

6. MINI Clubman 1.6 Cooper Estate - 2010 on

MINI Clubman

  • Cost new: £17,225

  • Glass trade: £9,117

Forecasted depreciation after three years/30,000 miles: -47%

7. FIAT 500C 1.4 T-Jet Convertible - 2012 on

FIAT 500C

  • Cost new: £17,658

  • Glass trade: £9,249

Forecasted depreciation after three years/30,000 miles: -48%

8. Ford Fiesta 1.6 EcoBoost Hatchback - 2013 facelift version on

Ford Fiesta

  • Cost new: £18,210

  • Glass trade: £9,461

Forecasted depreciation after three years/30,000 miles: -48%

9. Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI CR - 2014 facelift version on

Skoda Yeti

  • Cost new: £18,070

  • Glass trade: £9,113

Forecasted depreciation after three years/30,000 miles: -50%

10. Mazda MX-5 1.5 - 2015 facelift version

Mazda MX-5

  • Cost new: £18,310

  • Glass trade: £9,214

Forecasted depreciation after three years/30,000 miles: -50%

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