The UK's biggest depreciating car is the Alfa's luxury saloon

The Alfa Romeo 166 has been named as Britain’s worst depreciating used car, holding just 14.4 per cent of its original used value after three years.

The findings make up part of Glass’s Guide of used car values, which has studied more than 6500 three-year old models available in the UK.

Despite no longer being on sale, Rover and MG cars also fare little better, with the Rover 45/MG ZS, City Rover and Rover 75/MG ZT completing the top four. These cars held just 20.3 per cent, 20.4 per cent and 21.3 per cent of their values respectively after three years.

All the cars in the top 10 worst depreciators all share one common trait, the fact they are no longer in production.

Adrian Rushmore, managing editor of Glass¹s Guide, said: “For almost all of them [in the top 10] the last year they were available to buy as new cars was 2006.

“The used-car market has been offering these models for many years and they have been overtaken by a younger generation of cars with more stylish, modern designs. In the case of Rover/MG-badged cars, it's not just the models that are obsolete - even the manufacturer has gone.”

The top 10 worst depreciating cars in the UK are:

1. Alfa Romeo 166 - 14.4% (of its original value held after three years)2. Rover 45 / MG ZS - 20.3%3. Rover CityRover - 20.4%4. Rover 75 / MG ZT - 21.3%5. Proton Impian - 22.0%6. Mitsubishi Space Star - 22.5%7. Nissan Terrano - 22.9%8. Alfa Romeo 156 - 24.2%9. Renault Laguna - 24.3%10. Cadillac CTS - 24.8%

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26 August 2009

[quote Autocar]The Alfa Romeo 166 has been named as Britain’s worst depreciating used car, holding just 14.4 per cent of its original used value after three years.
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Makes a good used buy then. Go on you know you want to.

26 August 2009

No one with any sence would buy a brand new car any way, leave that to Lease hire, company cars and mobility they get a discount anyway.

The fact here is that most of these cars are not available to buy new anymore so you realy can not get the full story.The Renault Laguna is a compleat new model (not sure about the CLS). A good comparison would have been cars that are in production today and 3 years ago.

The problem regarding the loss of value on 3yr old cars is that a lot of manufactures are now changing there modle line up every 4 to 5 years,take the Golf out 2004 then again in less than 5 years a new model arrives and knocks the value in half of the old model.

26 August 2009

[quote Autocar]The Alfa Romeo 166 has been named as Britain’s worst depreciating used car, holding just 14.4 per cent of its original used value after three years.
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Try telling that to Alfa dealer Mangoletsi in Cheshire. They want just under £10k for a 2005 (55-reg) 2.0-litre Lusso with 67k on the clock...

It's a bit of an irrelevant result though, surely? I mean, did anybody actually buy a 166 in 2006? Were any registered here that year apart from the odd Alfa management car? I've not seen any 2006-registered 166s advertised anywhere.

26 August 2009

With the exception of the Sh itty Rover and the Proton Impotent, this list has some half decent cars on it. If you've ever fancied any of the cars shown, go out and buy them now, whilst they are still new enough to enjoy.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

26 August 2009

I see that this info comes from Glasses GUIDE. It seems to be being treated as Glasses FACT.

This can in no way be accurate when dealing with such a small number of 166's sold.

26 August 2009

i dont think its possible to buy cars anywhere near guide book prices. but the dealers will buy your cars 100% by the book figures no problem, meaning they are making big profits by the difference in buy/sell values.

anyway if you know you own a car in demand you can ask what you like for it, i know my car is worth double what the book price for it is in parkers and what car?, glass's does tend to be more accurate than the fantasy figures of the former 2 publications. the prices can be got for free from glass's on the AA website under valuations should anyone wish to look.

all it comes down to is how confident a dealer is he can sell a chosen car, no matter the book price.

private owners can use use the same principal though.

26 August 2009

[quote beachland2]all it comes down to is how confident a dealer is he can sell a chosen car, no matter the book price.[/quote]

My point exactly.

If you want one, how many 2006 166's can be on the market at any one time?

26 August 2009

[quote Nobby Hightinkle]

If you want one, how many 2006 166's can be on the market at any one time?

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I can't remember the last time I saw any 166. Shame really, they make a Citroen C6 seem common.

26 August 2009

[quote Autocar]The Alfa Romeo 166 has been named as Britain’s worst depreciating used car, [/quote]

If this was correct, it would suggest that most car buyers are morons with absolutely no sense of style , which can't possibly be true ......

Wouldn't mind but the 06 model was the facelifted version , even better looking than the original ( how often can you say that about a facelift ?)

26 August 2009

[quote Uncle Mellow][quote Autocar]The Alfa Romeo 166 has been named as Britain’s worst depreciating used car, [/quote] [/quote]

Should it not read the best depreciating used car (by golly it's good at depreciating!).

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