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Originally Posted by madnoel10 View Post
Hi Bigdavey - any idea what are the depreciation costs on a Citroen compared to a Renault.
Hi, sorry no i don't. It's slightly immaterial to me as the car will be through the Motability lease scheme and will be returned for replacement after 3 years.
For what it's worth i think the new models will hold their value better than earlier ones as the build quality is substantially better.

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I have a Citroen Xantia for sale in perfect nick. It should be, it cost me 3500 euro in the last 2 years on repairs ( and no crash involved). In my limited experience, the Renault will hold its value better( but not by much)
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This thread looks like its going off topic, but for what its worth, when you compare depreciation, you need to compare the residual values with what was actually paid for the cars when new. Citroen are the mad discounters (no-body pays list price), typically you can get at least 15% off without trying, and that's not mentioning the cashback schemes they have on models they are pushing.

So yes, if you paid 14,000 for a new Picasso and found out a year later that it was only worth 7,000 - you'd (rightly) be miffed. But if you actually paid 10,000 - its more in line with the market as a whole.

French cars have historically had poor residuals, and although the German quality myth seems to have been exposed, the Japanese still seem to score best in JD Power owner surveys (and the like).


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My Scenic 1.9dCi was four years old when it became such a nightmare I traded it in as a non-runner. I got almost nothing for it but don't regret doing it. Sometimes life is just too short.

We have a very good specialist Renault garage near us. Those guys are brilliant at what they do but they are tearing their hair out with the constant intermittent electrical problems on Renaults. To be fair it's not just Renault. Apparently if you want a reliable car these days it has to be Japanese - Lexus if you can afford it, otherwise any of the others.

We still have two Clios and an Espace. The old Espace just goes on and on and needs very little maintenance, although when it does go wrong the cost of parts is astronomical. But something has gone badly wrong with the quality of the newer Renaults. We'll be looking to get rid of the Clios before too long and we certainly won't be buying any more Renaults.

I disagree with an earlier comment about company cars, by the way. I've had quite a few in the past and always treated them like my own with no expense spared as it wasn't my money. They went to auction because they had reached whatever age or mileage, not because there was anything wrong with them. So I reckon some company cars can be a very good buy - the trick is to know which ones of course!
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