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Cars are depreciating assets and you do not control the depreciation schedule!

You buy them for their utility value. If you do otherwise you're asking for trouble; in particular the EXPECTED depreciation schedule can easily not materialize and wind up going the wrong way.....
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A manual will always take a harder blow on resale. Also, you have the Sport model. Base models don't fare well on depreciation either. People want the mid-grade or premium models. I bought a 2010 Fusion S brand new, barebones. Paid $21K for it. When I went to trade it in after 5yrs and 102K, I was offered $6K on trade-in. That's about a 70% hit. Now if I had the Automatic, I could have fetched an extra $1000. But I could never be talked into an automatic.
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A manual will always take a harder blow on resale. Also, you have the Sport model. Base models don't fare well on depreciation either. People want the mid-grade or premium models. I bought a 2010 Fusion S brand new, barebones. Paid $21K for it. When I went to trade it in after 5yrs and 102K, I was offered $6K on trade-in. That's about a 70% hit. Now if I had the Automatic, I could have fetched an extra $1000. But I could never be talked into an automatic.


Yeah, I know base models don't fare as well. I have upgraded mine with 19s, fog lamps and other accessories but that won't translate to any change in resale except maybe to the right private buyer.
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Guys....you don't have to cheer me up with this I don't expect my M6 will fair worse than my last dodge, in perfect condition it was worth $800.
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Not to be rude, but the Mazda6 or any other mid-sized sedan is not purchased as an investment but as a tool. You can go cheap or spend more dollars for additional features, but it's not likely to impact the percentage of depreciation more than a couple of percent. Different manufactures within a class will have higher and lower values; I selected Mazda coming from Honda because I wanted a higher trim line with a manual transmission that was fun to drive. Go check on the depreciation of a $100,000 German sedan and realize that the people that buy them do so for the prestige and or performance, not resale value!
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True that. In reality, depreciation has the greatest effect when applied to leasing where Residual value has a direct impact on monthly payment. It's why, back in the 80's cars like Buick Regals and Olds Cutlasses were better lease values than much higher quality cars in the same class.

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As much as I trade in vehicles, I'd be a perfect candidate for a lease... if not for the 20000mi./yr I put on my cars. I'm with others on this, you can't buy a car and expect to keep value unless it's a numbered limited edition.
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Two of the biggest reasons I bought my 2015 Manual Touring was, #1 it was a manual, #2 I had bought my daughter a 2011 Mazda 3 iSport manual, and I was impressed with the workmanship and how it handled, #3 I liked this color, and I was buying a used car, so to get the color I wanted was even better. Also, with a manual, probably 80% of the population cannot drive it.

There are things I'd like to do, to improve it for me, like interior lighting, and trunk lighting. Plus, I'd like to improve the sound system.

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Not to be rude, but the Mazda6 or any other mid-sized sedan is not purchased as an investment but as a tool. You can go cheap or spend more dollars for additional features, but it's not likely to impact the percentage of depreciation more than a couple of percent. Different manufactures within a class will have higher and lower values; I selected Mazda coming from Honda because I wanted a higher trim line with a manual transmission that was fun to drive. Go check on the depreciation of a $100,000 German sedan and realize that the people that buy them do so for the prestige and or performance, not resale value!


Thanks, I've bought and sold many cars and get the drift. I started this thread only because of my initial shock on the value of my 2 year old car. I know Mazda is in the middle somewhere on depreciation. I came from a BMW 335d - talk about depreciation.
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A manual will always take a harder blow on resale. Also, you have the Sport model. Base models don't fare well on depreciation either. People want the mid-grade or premium models. I bought a 2010 Fusion S brand new, barebones. Paid $21K for it. When I went to trade it in after 5yrs and 102K, I was offered $6K on trade-in. That's about a 70% hit. Now if I had the Automatic, I could have fetched an extra $1000. But I could never be talked into an automatic.
Maybe when you're talking trade in or in non-enthusiast cars. But I believe that as manuals continue to get rarer people will continue to seek them out on the second hand market and be willing to pay more for them. If you sell to a soccer mom, they'll favor an auto. But I wouldn't be surprised to hear of enthusiasts scouring the CL ads for manual 6s.

It's not apples to apples, but with sporty cars manuals are worth FAR more than autos. Take E36 M3s...a manual in the same condition as an auto will be worth at LEAST 50% more.

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