You fret and stress over the price you pay for a new car, maybe for the financing and then you forget all about one of the key components.
What's it going to be worth when you get rid of it?
I'm Brian Cooley with the top five cars 2015 models that are rated by their residual value.
Now I'm taking out pickup trucks here because those are just a very different market and they are often company trucks.
So these are 2015 cars and SUV's ranked by the definitive KBB projections of residual value five years after first Sale.
Number five, the Subaru WRX 49.4% left after five years.
The WRX has a cult following.
I mean, can you imagine one being sold on the used market to someone who's ambivalent about it?
You buy WRX because you love WRXs.
And that does wonders for your residual.
Your selling a religion not just a car.
Number four the Chevy Corvette.
The new 'Vette is a an amazing bargain, to begin with, for its degree of performance and that does wonders for its long term value.
Being a two seat car, though, does limit its market option.
The only other one in 58 cars surveyed is the Porsche Cayman.
And it came in seven points lower.
Number three, the 2015 Honda CR-V, 50.8%.
Here we have now crossed that 50% margin.
A nice psychological place to be after a handful of years.
The CRV is the best-selling compact crossover in the U.S. and some part of that would certainly be buyers knowing that they are going to have such a nice residual down the road.
Number two: the Toyota 4Runner.
54.3 perfect residual value What do you have to say about this guy?
It's a classic in a rugged way that you feel is going to last forever.
Before I get you to number one, the five worst cars for resale value after five years, along with their miserable numbers.
The Audi A5 and Audi A7, virtually the same.
Audi comes in back to back on the list.
It's just the wrong list.
Then you've got the Toyota Avalon at 36.2, Chevy Impala and then the king of the stinkers: the Mercedes S Class a mere 33.5% residual value after five years.
If you have one of these and didn't either lease it with company money or have us US taxpayers subsidizing it, you're an idiot.
By the way the best overall brand for value retention is Subaru.
Think about it.
They're built tough, they're capable, they've got very clear attributes, few gimmicks and also have a cult following like the WRX within the brand.
That's Marketing 101 on wheels.
The number one vehicles for residual after five years are the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.
These are the real Jeeps, to many people.
They're SUVs that combine a low price, with serious off-road cred.
And in the case of the Unlimited, there's plenty of room to bring a couple of city slickers along, on your rock crawling exploits.
And being an American icon doesn't hurt either.
More top five lists await the car lever.
Go to cnetoncars.com, click on top five.