Cos­metic prob­lems

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

The trend to­wards tart­ing up cars is cre­at­ing con­fu­sion in the trade, to the point that a grow­ing num­ber of mod­els are be­com­ing dif­fi­cult to value and tricky to sell.

That’s the view of in­dus­try an­a­lysts Glass’s, who cite mod­els like the Vaux­hall ADAM and Citroen DS3 as ex­am­ples of mod­els where the wrong kind of cos­metic choices can have a dra­matic ef­fect on val­ues.

Val­u­a­tions chief Ru­pert Pon­tin says:“Fac­tors such as colour have al­ways had a large im­pact on resid­ual val­ues, but the trend to­wards in­creas­ing vis­ual per­son­al­i­sa­tion is mag­ni­fy­ing the ef­fect.

“You could have two cars that are os­ten­si­bly the same on pa­per but, in the me­tal, are clearly hun­dreds or thou­sands of pounds apart in value be­cause of choices that the orig­i­nal buyer made.”

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