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Will an automatic transmission affect resale values?

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Recent improvements in technology and a variety of different systems on the market mean automatic transmissions do not result in the same fuel consumption penalty as they have in the past. However, while Norman says auto will improve the desirability of all premium cars, other areas of the market are sensitive to supply and demand as well as the perceived quality of the gear-change sometimes penalising the car. If a manufacturer oversells into Motability, for example, there can be too many automatic versions of that vehicle coming back into the market.

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