Originally Posted by revhigh
Absolutely agreed. Buy what you want/need ... and then LIVE WITH THAT DECISION.
To be honest ... I'm a little surprised at the 'shock' that many here are exhibiting regarding the trade-in values of their loaded Foci.
You have an outrageously incentivized economy car .... one that has had, and does have, a multitude of issues that don't seem to be resolved at this point, very low new-car financing rates, and huge discounts off of the sticker prices .... what else could happen except huge depreciation ????
DING! DING! DING! You hit the nail on the head. Let's see....0% APR for 5 YEARS!! Um....about $1,000 in rebates/incentives, cars selling nowhere close to window sticker (at or below invoice) combined with all the other points you made and we have the recipe for low trade-in value. Aside from F-series trucks, what Ford is known to have good resale value? Answer: None. Car buyers who are looking for high resale value shouldn't look to Ford anyway, especially the Focus, instead they should opt for Honda, VW, Audi, etc..