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When looking at buying a new vehicle, which trim will retain its value better? Base, premium, or limited?

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Answer #1 | 02/01 2014 12:02
I dont know about Subaru trim packages. If it were a Chevy product you wouldnt want to go for an ALC conversion, you lose ALL of that cost on trade in, you only get the value of that vehicle minus the package.
Answer #2 | 02/01 2014 12:55
Generally, the 'higher' the trim level, the faster the depreciation, whether it's a Subaru or any other make. Among the Subaru models (Impreza, Legacy, Forester, and Outback), Impreza has the highest depreciation rate. The Sti is the fastest depreciating Impreza. While there's probably no single website that accurately shows depreciation in the intervals you depict, there are many that you can use to get a good value for most any used vehicle. Edmunds (True Market Value) is probably one of the best. Edmunds has a chart here that goes up to 5 years. Edmunds, NADA, and Kelly (blue books) also show which vehicle makes (and models) that depreciate slower (or faster). Subaru's have a better (lower than average) rate of depreciation that many other makes. Likewise Toyota and Honda. http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/how-fast-does-my-new-car-lose-value-infographic.html MoneyZine has a vehicle depreciation calculator that allows you to determine the possible depreciation or a vehicle based on either a low, average, or high depreciation rate.
Answer #3 | 02/01 2014 16:15
They are all going to depreciate a lot. I wouldnt base my decision on depreciation. Base it on the features you want. The base is going to depreciate less because its a cheaper car. Maybe not less of a % though.

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