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Research reveals 09 cars holding values best

The Audi A3 is proving to hold more of its value than any other car sold last year according to residual value tracking by Auto Trader.

It has analyse 10 of Britain’s favourite cars, based on the top selling makes and models in 2009, and compares their 2009 new purchase price to the prices advertised on in July 2010 to highlight which of the vehicles have held their value best over the course of the last year.

Whilst the most popular car with British consumers, the Ford Fiesta resale value drops substantially more than the Audi A3 which claims on a 7% drop from first hand to second between 2009 and 2010.

Ford doesn’t fare particularly well when it comes to resale value with the Focus coming in at number eight in the list, behind cars like the Honda Jazz (a 10% price drop) and the Vauxhall Corsa (25%).

Vauxhall does particularly well, with four cars in the top 10.

Matt Thompson, director of marketing at, said: “The analysis shows that residual value is not driven solely by original price.

“The Audi A3’s original selling price in 2009 was £16,085, not far from that of the number ten in our chart, the Vauxhall Vectra at £16,815.

“The fact that 90% of the top ten have lost less than half their value shows the potential of resale and, for those looking to buy a new car, it offers reassurance that their vehicle will hold its value far beyond the dealer’s lot.”

2009’s top selling cars with original and resale values:

2009’s top selling cars with original and resale values (AT)

Top selling vehicles of 2009 that have held their value best

1. Audi A3
2. Honda Jazz
3. Peugeot 207
4. Ford Fiesta
5. Vauxhall Corsa
6. VW Golf
7. Vauxhall Insignia
8. Ford Focus
9. Vauxhall Astra
10. Vauxhall Vectra

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