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What is Depreciation?

Discover what depreciation means and how it can affect the value of your car

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What is car depreciation?

Over time, your car will most likely lose value, otherwise known as depreciation. For example, if you purchased your car for £20,000 and sold it for £15,000 your car has depreciated by £5,000 or 25 percent.

Cars tend to depreciate the quickest during the first year or so of being on the road, which is good news if you're looking to buy a car that's a couple of years old. After that initial 12-month period, depreciation begins to slow as the car gets older.

Depreciation is often an overlooked cost when buying a new or used car, despite the fact that it can be one of the most expensive parts of car ownership.

How to minimise the effect of depreciation

Depreciation is inevitable with the majority of cars you see on the road today. Whilst depreciation can't be avoided, there are steps you can take to maximise the value of your car.

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If you're happy with the estimate provided, simply arrange an appointment with your nearest Sell Your Car location to get the valuation confirmed and your car sold.