9 Things That Will Affect Your Car’s Resale Value

July 27, 2012 12:00 AM

9 Things That Will Affect Your Car’s Resale Value

" Some drivers obsess on it from the day they drive their new car off the lot–and some don’t give it a thought until it comes time to move on to a new set of wheels.

Either way, both drivers face the reality of resale value, and it can be either a pleasant surprise or a cold wake-up call.

Resale value is something of a black art, mixing a car’s age, its mileage, general condition, and equipment levels with less straightforward factors like popularity or supply. Most of the things that bring down resale value happen over time–but some of the features and fundamentals that can boost resale value or knock it down can be determined before you even leave the showroom.

It’s simple to see how regular maintenance pays off in the end, for example–but you could be in for a surprise if you’ve chosen some features that weren’t common just a decade ago.

To stay in control of resale value, know how these factors affect it:

1.  Brand. It’s the painful truth for fans of some exotic brands, or even some popular nameplates known less for reliability "

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