PORTLAND, Ore. (MainStreet) Your car is a significant investment and should get at least as much consideration as you'd give any other equities.
There's a bit of logic in making a long-term investment in a commodity that depreciates in value as soon as it leaves the lot. That vehicle's value drops, but it doesn't just go crashing to the ground. Unless you decide to drive it until it's a pile of parts or buy a less reliable model to save money in the short-term, your vehicle with still have significant resale value of tens of thousands of miles down the road. The folks at auto pricing and valuation site Kelley Blue Book note that depreciation costs a car owner more than gas, maintenance or insurance during the first five years of new-car ownership.
Kelley Blue Book has been publishing its residual value guide since 1981 and knows a thing or two about resale value. That blue book value used car buyers talk about when pricing a vehicle? Yep, same company that's been handing out their Best Resale Value Awards since 2003.
The 2014 model year favored Toyota, much as it did last year and much to the chagrin of Detroit Three loyalists. Toyota and its Lexus division were named Best Brand and Best Luxury Brand, respectively, for their ability to retain their cars' value over the first five years of ownership. Despite the automaker's spate of recalls, Toyota took five out of KBB's 22 vehicle categories while Lexus won two of three luxury categories (the Audi A5 won Luxury Car) and best Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car for its Lexus ES 300h.
Though rivals Nissan, Subaru and Honda took the small and midsized car categories, Honda took best plug-in vehicle and Toyota won both midsize and full-size pickup honors, the Detroit automakers weren't completely shut out. The Chevrolet Corvette won Best High Performance Car, while the Chevy Camaro beat the Porsche Cayman for Best Sports Car.