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How do I get the best price for my vehicle?

How do I get the best price for my vehicle?

A key factor when choosing another car or van is understanding its future value. Values of all vehicles depreciate over time, some more than others

Not worrying about how much value a new vehicle will loose is one of the key advantages of leasing. 

Vehicle age and mileage, in addition to numerous different variables, will influence any vehicle value. 

Depreciation - what is it? 

[Vehicle] Depreciation is the contrast between the sum you buy a vehicle for and the sum you get when you sell it (either its actual or forecast 'future value'). New vehicles will loose true value when they are registered or put on the road in about all cases, a possible exception being if the vehicle is an extremely uncommon or unique model where demand far exceeds supply. Additionally, some higher proced vehicle models will hold their value for longer relatively speaking.. 

What is meant by 'residual value'? 

The residual value of a car or van is the vehicles expected valuation at the time it is due to be exchanged or replaced. A typical new car running at 10,000 miles each year will have an estimated"retail" estimation of around 40% of its new cost following three years, according to the AA.  its value to the owner will be less as they are not guaranteed to achieve retail market values if selling privately.. 

What impacts values? 

What makes depreciation such an entangled issue is, to the point that not all vehicles lose their value at a similar rate. A gigantic scope of components impact the speed at which a vehicle devalues, including: 

1- Age

The more up to date any car or van is, typically the quicker it devalues. When cars stretch around five years of age, the depreciation rate proportionally backs off, and after around eight years the vehicle will have deteriorated nearly as much as it's ever liable to. Obviously, there are different variables to contemplate with more seasoned vehicles – in spite of the fact that they may never again be deteriorating as fast, their value will be harmed significantly by the probability of high repair bills. Additionally, in some uncommon cases, well-liked or classics may even skip back in cost sometime later. 

2 - Fuel effectiveness

Fuel economy is a key consideration for all types of “buyers” – whether new or second-hand. More drivers and fleet managers are becoming focused on vehicles which cost less to run, so demand will always be higher for vehicles which offer lower “per mile” running costs. Higher demand = slower depreciation!

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3 - Model upgrades  

Motor manufacturers release new models of their vehicles, vehicle model changes have reduced from what was a typical 3yr upgrade and 6 or 7 year supersession (this always fitted in with 36 month HP finance cycles) to 2 year facelifts and 4 year complete model overhaul . A brand new model is probably going to deteriorate slower than a model that is destined to be replaced by a remodelled one. 

4 - Supply and demand

The more sought after a vehicle is, the slower it will reduce in value. Demand is affected by many elements of buyers and market considerations, including scarcity, value, brand perception, owners reviews, features in addition to costs to run, condition etc …

5 - Mileage

The more miles a vehicle has done, the more it devalues. A car or van that is, say three years of age and has covered 20,000 miles, will be worth in excess of one a similar age that has completed 50,000 or 60,000. Any mileage advantage will always be offset through service and maintenance history, in other words, an average or higher mileage vehicle will hold its value better when it has a complete maintenance record

6 - State of the vehicle

It is obvious that any sound, clean condition, a vehicle will achieve a higher return value than one of a similar age that is cosmetically marked with scratches, showing rust, or in a general poorly kept condition. 

Can depreciation be minimised? 

Any “end of use” values given are going to be best forecasts and estimations of what your vehicle is probably going to be worth later on. There are however a number of things you can do to help minimise depreciation and achieve the best return (depreciated) value: 

Select the “right” car!

  1. Choose a colour which you know is popular
    Popular colours like black, silver, dark or blues, fashionable colours available at the time will easily go out of fashion, making the vehicle potentially less desirable in the future and therefore reducing its demand.
  2. Pick a fuel, efficient model
    It is essential to pick a model that will give you great fuel economy, particularly with new government directions affecting expenses on new vehicles 
  3. Select the latest and popular model of vehicle
    As we've talked about previously, the higher the market interest (demand), the higher the value the vehicle will accomplish. 
  4. Get the best deal when you buy
    The more cash you spare at the beginning, the less you lose, the forecast value has no consideration of any purchase price, the end of life value is always going to be determined by market demand at that time

Care for your vehicle

Once you have your hands on your new car, caring for it suitably can positively impact its future value

Keep the vehicle in perfect cosmetic condition and ensure it is maintained in accordance with its manufactures schedule as a minimum – routinely wash it, handle any rust spots early, and consistently check things like oil levels, water levels and tyre condition and pressures. 

Keeping the vehicle mileage down will moderate depreciation, think twice about those “little journeys” - this will also help you save on fuel costs of course! 

Keep a complete record of everything that is spent in the vehicle and ensure that the service book is stamped and completed by the servicing dealer. Always have any maintenance items addressed as soon as possible.

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