- Porsche boxster S. Picture source: https://www.parts-specs.nl/porsche/boxster/s-2006-088814

Does devaluing make one car more desirable?

I looked at 2 comepletely different sporty roadsters. It used to be difficult to choose between these cars, but things have changed.

We, as car people, buy cars because we like them. This can be an issue sometimes. Many people, including doctors, say that we as humans need to eat. Some even dare to suggest we also need a place to live. This financial backstabbing means that money becomes a factor in car choices.

In a time when Britney Spears was young as well as popular and The Fast and the Furious had only one sequel. If you wanted to buy new sporty roadster there were really only two cars to choose from. The 2006 Porsche Boxster S with 295 hp, 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds and a 6 speed manual. Or the 2006 BMW Z4 M with 343 hp, 0-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and a 6 speed manual gearbox. The choice was really about preference. The Porsche was, as expected, a sportscar that handles as a precision tool. The BMW is a muscle car with enough power and torque to give you a chronic smile on your face. The Porsche is like a surgeon's knife, while the BMW is more like an electric saw. The Porsche would set you back 78 514,- euros when it came out, the BMW 92 600,- euros. If you can buy a car for almost 80 grand there is a good chance you can afford a car that is a bit over 90 grand. So, the price difference was not that significant.

BMW Z4 M Picture source: https://www.autoweek.nl/auto/41478/bmw-z4-m-roadster/

BMW Z4 M Picture source: https://www.autoweek.nl/auto/41478/bmw-z4-m-roadster/

However, that was fifteen years ago. Today, you can buy a Porsche Boxster S for 19 988,- euros and a BMW Z4 M for 31 500,- euros. The question for most people today should be; "Shall I buy a new VW UP! R-line or a Porsche Boxster S?". You're a car person, easy choice.

So, does devaluing make one car more desirable? If your genius knows no bounds, but your wallet does, the Porsche Boxster S has become more desirable than a BMW Z4 M due to devaluing. However, preference also matters and this article only covered one patcular case. The only thing that can actually be learned from this article is that the VW UP! R-line is quite reasonably priced.

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Comments (15)

  • So, you conveniently totally ignored maintenance cost.

    Yes, I'm that guy..

      1 month ago
    • You're right, the bmw and the porsche are in the "you better not have a family" price range when it comes to maintenance. If you are unlucky they might even be in the second mortgage price range

        1 month ago
  • I think I'd go for the Porsche... The VW UP Exclamation Mark R-line might be reasonably priced, it's most certainly not reasonably roomy

      1 month ago
    • I'd have the Porsche as well. It is just a way more exciting car to drive and it looks fantastic.

        1 month ago
    • Yessss

      And my head would be outside in stead of ín the ceiling

        1 month ago
  • I have a Honda S2000. Happy with that ride.

      1 month ago
  • I would have bought the Porsche new and definitely would now out of those two

      1 month ago
  • The BMW is not a muscle car. Don’t compare the two. They’re nothing alike

      1 month ago
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