10 Vehicles with the Best Resale Value in 2017

You may value your vehicle now, but it would be nice if you could retain some of that value when you sell it.

As the pedals soften, the belts squeak and the features start losing their flair, your dream car just gets a little less appealing. Everything ages, and it’s difficult to expect a mass-produced item to retain its original value years after you initially purchase. The best you can hope for is that it holds on to at least a modicum of that value and gives you enough to take the bit out of buying a new one.

 Unless you decide to drive it into the ground or buy a less reliable model to save money in the short-term, your vehicle with still have significant resale value tens of thousands of miles down the road. Still, the folks at auto pricing and valuation site Kelley Blue Book note that depreciation costs a car owner more than gas, maintenance or insurance during the first five years of new-car ownership.

An average 2017 model-year vehicle only will retain about 32.9% of its original value after five years. That basically turns a $50,000 new car into a $16,450 used car half a decade from now. The majority of the market is filled with cars with average or below-average resale value, but there are some siginificant exceptions. In the colder sections of the country, for example a two-wheel drive vehicle’s resale value often will not be as high as a four-wheel or all-wheel drive version of that same model. In warmer climates, black (or dark-colored) cars will not have as high resale value as they could command in other regions.

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