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work out as cheaper than buy­ing ac­ces­sories in­di­vid­u­ally and when it comes to sell­ing, the ex­perts say, they should hold their value bet­ter.

Put sim­ply, if you spend $40,000 on a car and an­other $800 op­tions — the av­er­age spend, ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers you’ll only re­trieve $400 if sell af­ter three years.

Buy spe­cial edi­tion you’re likely get a health­ier slice of your money back.

Car re­sale price mon­i­tor­ing ex­pert Ross Booth of Red­book says the laws sup­ply and de­mand al­ways ap­ply.

“As a gen­eral rule a spe­cial edi­tion will de­pre­ci­ate at about the same level as the car it’s based on, so if it is worth two or three per cent more when you buy it, that’s what you’ll re­coup when you sell it,” he says.

“The mar­ket­ing types have a pretty good idea of needs to be built into a spe­cial edi­tion, so they’re build­ing-in de­mand for the ve­hi­cle.”

Booth cites Hyundai ix35 spe­cial edi­tion he bought with leather trim, big­ger wheels and a re­vers­ing cam­era for $1000 over the base price.

“That was worth­while be­cause the leather was a $1000 add-on as an ac­ces­sory. As gen­eral rule, ac­ces­sories added in­di­vid­u­ally to ve­hi­cle will de­pre­ci­ate around twice as quick (as the car).”

Booth says hav­ing vis­i­ble ad­di­tions on a spe­cial edi­tion is

key. “If it’s got more per­for­mance or leather in­te­rior what­ever the in­de­mand fea­ture is, then next buyer can see that. (Items such as) paint and up­hol­stery pro­tec­tion can’t be seen, so aren’t worth as much.”

His views are echoed by ri­val Nick Adamidis of Glass’s Guide.

“There’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween lim­ited edi­tions and spe­cial edi­tions,” Adamidis says.

“If you’re buy­ing spe­cial edi­tion you want items the next buyer can see ap­pre­ci­ate. If

adding ac­ces­sories then in terms of re­sale value, you’re of­ten bet­ter off buy­ing vari­ant up range — you’ll get a re­turn on your money.”

Adamidis says sim­ply adding side skirts and de­cals is no longer enough to dif­fer­en­ti­ate the car come re­sale time.

“If you look at some­thing like Nis­san X-Trail N-Sport (with me­tal­lic high­lights on the al­loy wheels, grille, bumpers and side skirts), it’s not go­ing to add much ex­tra value,” he says, while ac­knowl­edg­ing that peo­ple per­son­alise their cars for emo­tional rea­sons rather than fi­nan­cial ones.

Subaru brought just 400 two-door WRX STIs into Aus­tralia in 1999 and they sold be­fore they’d rolled off the boat.

Com­pany spokesman David Row­ley says it is de­bat­able whether per­for­manceen­hanced models have more value on the used mar­ket.

“It’s equally true that

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