8 cars that offer great value as used deals

By Motoring Staff Time of article published Jun 3, 2019

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Johannesburg - Shopping for a used for under R200 000? Want something with relatively low mileage – say, 80 000 to 100 000km? Well, according to Darryl Jacobson, managing director of True Price, these are your eight best buys right now – because these vehicles have a relatively low resale value.

True Price has data pertaining to thousands of vehicles sold on bank repossession auctions on its system. This information is used to provide motorists with free vehicle evaluations. The figures in brackets behind each vehicle pertain to the actual price paid on auction as a percent of the original retail price of the vehicle.

Note, this data pertains to vehicles registered from 2015 to 2018 (both years inclusive) with a purchase price of R140 000 to R150 000 at auction.

Bear in mind however, that when sold through conventional channels, these cars don't always retail for as little as R150 000 - as a quick search on popular used car portals online lists many of these cars above R180 000 - although even then, there is still good value to be had.

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1) Infiniti Q50 (resale value of 30.68%)

According to Jacobson, with the Q50, you get "so much car for so little money". "At less than 40% of the original list price, it's a steal. I love this car. Were I to be in the market for a used car, it would be something I would seriously consider," he reveals.

2) Nissan X-Trail (resale value of 42.42%)

This is a nice vehicle that has never really caught on amongst used car buyers in South Africa. So says Jacobson, who adds that, while the X-Trail is practical, comfortable and spacious, it's just not in the same league as its Qashqai sibling. "While bidding on an X-Trail is never enthusiastic, buyers really do like the Qashqai," he reveals.

3) Volkswagen Jetta (resale value of 46.19%)

Jacobson says that the Jetta proves that the magic of the Volkswagen brand doesn't always extend to the used car market. "At bank repossession auctions, bidders are always eager to snap up a Polo Vivo, Polo or Golf. These vehicles are extremely popular amongst used car buyers. But, for some reason, the Jetta has never enjoyed the same level of popularity. The buyers tell me that it is a 'vanilla' type of car..." he says.

4) Kia Cerato (resale value of 50.29%)

In theory, the Cerato should do well in the used car market. It is safe, the interior is appealing and it is fairly well priced. However, according to Jacobson, it seldom fares well on auctions. "The buyers believe that the engine lacks refinement, the ride isn't great and, while I really like its looks, many people don't. This means that its resale value suffers accordingly. Still, this means that – if you want to buy a Cerato – you can get a great deal," he says.

5) Renault Captur (resale value of 51.51%)

Jacobson is a big fan of the Captur. "I love its looks, economy, refinement and interior," he enthuses. But not all used car buyers agree. "Some potential buyers turn elsewhere, saying that they aren't mad about the quality of the interior, the car's performance or the lack of legroom at the rear," Jacobson reports.

6) Renault Duster (resale value of 52.91%)

Yet another Renault product, the Duster is also terrific value for money in the used car market. "Renault is performing exceptionally well when it comes to new car sales. But, for some reason, certain Renault products lose their lustre in the used car market. While buyers rave about the spaciousness and economy of the Duster, they're not mad about its conservative styling," says Jacobson.

7) Chevrolet Cruze (resale value of 57.61%)

New grille and front bumper identify the newly facelifted model.

The resale value of the Cruze is surprisingly good, considering that General Motors ceased local manufacturing and selling of Chevrolet vehicles in South Africa the end of 2017. "This is normally the kiss of death for any car brand; resale values often plummet," notes Jacobson. This hasn't really happened with the Cruze. "Despite its bland styling, the Cruze remains popular – because it is a practical vehicle that offers lots of space and a surprisingly big boot," says Jacobson.

8) Hyundai Accent (resale value of 59.83%)

While sports utility vehicles (SUVs) produced by Hyundai hold their value exceptionally well, its passenger cars battle to keep pace. "While it is spacious, safe and efficient, the Accent has some formidable competitors – such as the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris. Those competitors have large fan bases, which push prices – and therefore resale values – higher. A used Accent, on the other hand, is often available for purchase at a tantalisingly low price," Jacobson reveals.


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