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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 28th 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---11 Today's stars, yesterday's heroes ALL FLASH, NO DASH: Expensive optional extras may not add that much value to your car in the long term. Car enthusiasts love nothing more than adding new features to their beloved cars but on purchasing, how much value do we get for those bonus features ? Paul Gover finds outM ANY new-car buyers are wasting thousands of dollars on high-priced extra equipment which is worth noth- ing at resale time. A lot of optional equipment depreciates far faster than the car it is fitted to, and rapid changes in standard equipment can overtake impressive showroom choices in as little as three years. Extra safety equipment is hit among the hardest by de- preciation, as used-car buyers are reluctant to pay extra for ad- ditional airbags or ESP stability control. Yet a sunroof, leather trim or alloy wheels could get a payback at trade-in or resale time as upmarket additions can add extra appeal. Even the right colour choice can make a difference to a car's secondhand value, as trendy colours become unpopular quickly while staples such as white, silver and black tend to be timeless. ''You have to be very careful. If you start by spending $3000 on options it might all be worthless in a few years,'' says Chris D'Sousa, a spokesman for car- price authority Glass's Infor- mation Services. ''If the car depreciates at 40 per cent, some of these options can depreciate at twice that, or more.'' He says flashy extras, including sunroofs and leather trim, might not put extra cash in the wallet but could make it easier to get a sale: ''They don't really add resale value. They add resale appeal.'' Glass's tracks values for more than 40 items of optional equip- ment, currently tracking it back to cars sold in 2000. The list includes everything from extra airbags to CD players, body kits, bullbars and Xenon headlamps. A range of extras is rated with zero value after 10 years, includ- ing anti-skid brakes, cruise con- trol (which hits zero at seven years), and a six-stack CD player. Glass's believes the best ap- proach to new-car shopping is to choose a car that is already well equipped, only adding optional essentials such as a towbar. ''If you take a basic car, it's better to take a higher-spec model because options depreciate a lot more than the car itself. Some, like towbars, will be value for about four years,'' D'Sousa says. ''A good option will add value for up to 10 years. Then it becomes irrelevant. ''It is better to buy the higher- spec car because resale will be better.'' Digging into specifics, D'Sousa says buyers need to be careful what they add to a car. ''There are certain options, like the visual touch-and-feel stuff --- that's sunroofs, alloy wheels and leather trim --- that will always enhance a car. ''Then there are hidden options that are more in tune with today's market needs, like ESP and cur- tain airbags . . . [but] turn the clock forward and this stuff [will be] standard. It adds no value. ''We believe side airbags will have some value now for about six years. Then it will be an expectation. ''Satnav might have an average new price of $5000 but after a year we believe the value falls to only $2000. At 10 years it falls to $300. ''A body kit will depreciate less than a rear cargo barrier.'' Glass's tracks the whole car market and D'Sousa says there are different rules in different price classes. A $15,000 Hyundai Getz should not be tweaked, a Commodore or Falcon only deserves dressing if it is already a premium model, while BMW and Benz buyers should avoid going overboard. ''If you take a Hyundai Getz and spend a lot of money dressing up, people buying it secondhand don't perceive it as premium,'' he says. ''If you were looking at a base- model Falcon or Commodore I would suggest no options beyond a towbar. ''But if you look at a G-Series Falcon then a sunroof and leather trim will add some value. ''Even with a BMW, there are some options that add a lot more, and luxury brands have options' lists that run to small books. ''You can take a car and add 50 per cent to the purchase price but does that add value?'' Extra, extra (Item, price, value after 10 years) Satellite navigation $5000 - $300 In-car television $2800 - $200 Dual airbag package $1400 - $0 Alloy wheels$1000 - $0 Source: Glass s Information Systems 07 Toyota Aurion Sportivo ZR $32,995 3.0lt semi-auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys. Top of the range 07 Holden Crewman $21,995 3.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, elec windows & mirrors. ABS brakes "that s what I want!" Motors offer more than just quality used cars... ...and Tassie s largest range of vehicles 14935Jono 07 Mazda 6 Sport wagon $26,995 2.3lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows, sporty. Curtain airbags 08 Hyundai i30 SLX hatch $20,995 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows. 07 Mitsubishi Lancer wagon $18,995 2.4lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, elec windows & mirrors. 06 Suzuki Grand Vitara wagon $26,995 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows, low kms. Current shape 06 Toyota Corolla Ascent $13,995 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, CD, c/lock, elec mirrors. Very popular 06 Holden Astra CD Diesel $21,995 1.9lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, CD, 4 x airbags, c/lock, alloys, elec windows. Airbags 05 Mazda 6 MPS Sports $31,995 2.3lt turbo manual, a/c, p/s, AWD, twin exhaust, 6x airbags, ABS, low kms. Turbo manual 07 Subaru Impreza WRX $32,995 2.5lt turbo manual, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys. Reduced Curtain airbags 08 Toyota Camry Altise $21,995 2.4lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, CD, c/lock, elec windows & mirrors. ABS 07 Ford Falcon BFII Wagon XT $17,995 4.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, elec windows & mirrors. LPG 03 Mazda 323 Astina $12,995 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows & mirrors. 07 Hyundai Getz 5 door 1.4lt manual, p/s, a /c, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows & mirrors. Dual airbags 06 Ford Territory TS $27,995 4.0lt auto, p/s, climate a/c, ABS, cruise, 6x airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, tint. Curtain airbags 08 Holden SS Sportwagon 6.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows. Curtain airbags 07 Subaru Forester XS $22,995 2.5lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, elec windows, tint. AWD safety 06 Holden Omega $21,995 3.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, 18 alloys, elec windows. 08 Toyota Corolla Levin $23,995 1.8lt 6 speed manual, p/s, a/c, ABS, CD, c/lock, alloys, airbags, elec windows. As 02 Mercedes Vito 113 van $16,995 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, airbags, CD, cargo barrier, 2 sliding doors. Great value 07 Holden Omega ute $25,995 3.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, CD, ABS, cruise, airbags, c/lock, 18 alloys, elec windows. Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 05 Holden Rodeo Tipper $21,995 3.0lt diesel manual, p/s, a/c, ABS,airbags, CD, c/lock, elec windows. 07 Honda Odyssey Luxury $37,995 2.4lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, leather, 7 seater. Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 04 Ford Courier D/cab $13,995 2.6lt manual, p,s, a/c, CD, c/lock, flat tray, one owner. Ready 06 Ford Focus LX sedan $16,995 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows & mirrors. used cars Star Promise 5 Our 5 star promise to you: 3 year, 175,000km written warranty Fully workshop tested, rectified & serviced Low cost, 3 year fixed price service plan 36 months/24 hour roadside assistance Statewide service back-up COMPETITIVE RATES PHONE FOR PRE-APPROVAL FULL RANGE OF PLANS & OPTIONS NO GIMMICKS, JUST GREAT DEALS Motors Used Glenorchy 270 Main Rd, 6211 0650 All our quality used vehicles at your fingertips... www.motors.com.au/carsearch Giuseppe Di Santo 0418 124 881 Adrian Kaczmarski 0408 589 568 Ian Struthers 0417 533 782 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Star Promis 5 Star Promise 5 Side airbags Dual airbags Stability control ABS brakes Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5
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