Cars have typically been regarded as depreciating assets, losing value from the moment they are bought.
However, supply chain problems and high demand are bucking this trend as the price of second-hand cars are soaring in price.
On some models, you might even get your money back if you decide to sell.
Data studied by Auto Trader have found that the average value of a used car is now worth £4,100 more than it was pre- pandemic.
The average price of a used car this month was £17,173 marking a 19.5% increase on the same time last year on a like-for-like basis.
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Erin Baker, Editorial Director at Auto Trader commented: “The reason prices have shot up is due to high demand and a low supply of new and used cars – which has meant cars have become an appreciating asset.
“Unbelievably, for many people, the car sitting in their driveway could be worth more than they originally paid for it.
“We all like to check the price of our house, but given the current market, we’d encourage people to do the same for the second most expensive asset they own.”
When comparing July 2022 to July 2021, the largest price growth was the Suzuki SX4 with other models such as the Seat Alhambra; Renault Scenic; Ford Fusion and Ford S-Max also recording an annual increase in value of over 40%.
On the other end of the scale, Mitsubishi Shogun Sport, Mini Roadster and BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe are among the models to have contracted in second-hand value.
Second-hand cars that have risen in value the most
The average asking price for this model is £4,439 which is a price change of 82.1% on its second hand value this time last year of just £2,437.
This model has a huge second hand value of £18,673 which is a 54.5% increase on the £12,125 it was priced at last year.
Again, the second hand value of this car has shot up. From £5,517 last year to £8,099 this year- that is a 46.8% increase.
This model has increased by 44.3% from £2,309 to £3,332.
Following not far behind, the Ford S-Max has increased 43.4% to £15,403 from £10,490- making you almost an extra £5,000 for selling it this summer compared to last year.
Second-hand cars that have risen in value the least - or lost value
Mitsubishi Shogun Sport
This sports car has lost its second hand value by 20.8%, putting the second-hand value at £29,632 rather than the £35,795 it would have sold for this time last year.
Not ideal for anyone trying to get their money back but great news for buyers.
The MINI Roadster has the second-biggest depreciation rate of any cars studied. The average asking price now is £8,306, which is 13.8% of the £11,462 value last July.
BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe
This expensive car can now be bought second hand for around £59,020 which has reduced by 6.8% since last year when it was worth £63,033.
BMW 8 Series
While this pricey car will now set you back £54,934, it is a 5.1% saving on the £57,735 price tag last July.
This Audi model’s second hand value has decreased by 2.9% from £47,638 last year to £46,296 this July.
Motorists can see how much their car is worth for free on Auto Trader, by visiting the link here .