new car vs. almost new car

New cars have a unique charm. From that unmistakable smell again that it is impossible to reproduce despite what they say some manufacturers of aromatic products disreputable, to the satisfaction of going through the streets with car of the year and, of course, enjoy the technological advances that the latest models come equipped.

The cost of depreciation

Perhaps the only bad thing is that once they have signatures all papers, get the keys and driving sales dealership, your new car ceases to be and immediately begins to lose value. But for those who do not need all the bells and noisemakers of new cars, nearly new they are an excellent choice, especially those cars with less than one year of use and few miles.

The price difference can be substantial and, although you can never say that you get a “zero miles” from the dealership, yes you can save a lot of money and enjoy it on other things.

Thanks to that today there are programs lease (leasing) of a few months, some dealers will always have cars this year or the past, even when, for example, there are 2013 models on the market, despite that just began in 2012.

This week we had the opportunity to drive a Lexus IS 250 F 2011 when they gave me came with a little over 17,000 miles.

When he was released, this model of the luxury division of Toyota had a base price of $ 33.520 and with some accessories, including package, for $ 2.440 F Sport, could reach up to $ 40.232.

A simple calculation on the average depreciation of the car, give the following results

New car price: $ 40.232; Age of the car: 1 year end Ages (the period of calculation): 6

Average depreciation under; First year: $ 2.750, total depreciation at the end of six years: $ 11,039.85

Regular average depreciation; First year: $ 3,750.00; Total depreciation at the end of six years: $ 13,907.37

high average depreciation; First year: $ 5,000; total at the end of the six years Depreciation: $ 16,808.00

Of course these are all based on industry averages and acts like any new car depreciates more in the first year than in the last calculations.

We must also take into account that the price of a used car depends on the conditions in which you are when buying and selling, the miles you have traveled and other factors such exclusivity particular model, color and even region country.

Some brands have averages slower depreciation than others such as for 2011: the Ford Fiesta, Honda Accord, Nissan LEAF, Cadillac CTS, Kia Rio, MINI Cooper Countryman, Audi A4, Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 Jeep Patriot, Chevrolet Equinox, Honda Pilot, Acura MDX.

An excellent new car … almost

Back in the car test drives of the week, the Lexus IS 205 F Sport, which also has a low cost or slow depreciation.

If we consider the original price of $ 40.232 and depreciation of $ 2.750, in theory, it could buy as used by about $ 37.482.

And although we must note that this is only an estimate – the price may vary depending on the factors mentioned above – this Lexus IS 250 F Sport is still a fabulous car.

Despite its more than 17.000 miles, still the name F Sport, with its high performance equipment such as shock absorbers and sports suspension, 18-inch wheels exclusively designed seats competition, grille, body kit and rear spoiler on the lid the trunk, which differentiate it from the regular model.

Package F Sport does not include modifications to the V6 2.5-liter engine that generates 204 horsepower, but with that look, gives the image of being faster than what is self and priced nearly new, no doubt is a excellent choice.

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