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Japanese Makers Retain Resale Value Lead

But domestics gain ground.

by on Nov.26, 2012

The Jeep Wrangler was the only domestic model to land among the top 10 nameplates when it comes to resale value.

Japanese automakers continue to retain a lead when it comes to vehicle resale values, according to a pair of new studies.

Of domestic products, only the Jeep Wrangler made it into the top 10, according to Kelly Blue Book’s 2013 Resale Value Awards, while a second study of resale values by found no domestic brands made the top list. Nonetheless, Detroit makers – Ford in particular, have begun to close the once yawning gap.

“They’re no longer so far behind,” said Kelly Blue Book’s Eric Ibara.

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The KBB analysis focused on how much of their original value vehicles maintained after 60 months of ownership – a point at which products are likely to lose more than half, and often two-thirds or more of their original sticker price.  Residual values – which translate into trade-in prices — can be impacted by a variety of factors, including such things as options and even paint color. Engine packages often have a significant impact.


New Mercedes E-Class Tops in Resale Value

Could give new sedan an edge in the market.

by on Jan.23, 2009

2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

It’s not even on sale yet, but some folks are  worrying about what they’ll get on a trade-in for the all-new Mercedes E-Class. Let’s face it, buying a new car is exciting, but reselling it can be a big disappointment. That is why many people take into account the possible resale value of their new car years before they plan on selling it.

Mercedes buyers can be at ease: the German market research institute Bähr & Fess Forecast has calculated the resale value of the new Mercedes E-Class. And it’s forecasting that Mercedes’ mid-range sedan will have the highest value of any vehicle after three years of ownership in the luxury segment.

The new E 250 CD will realise up to 62.5 percent of its current new price, earning it accolades as ‘2009 value retention champion’ from the German weekly magazine AutoBild. In all, Mercedes passenger cars occupy the top positions in eight market segment.