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4X4 used values rise in last quarter of 2012

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British Car Auctions (BCA) has released its latest data on 4x4 used sales for the fourth quarter of 2012.

The average value for 4x4s sold at BCA d rose by nearly £2,000 compared to quarter three.  December recorded the highest values of the year as 4x4s approached £15,000, a rise of more than £2,260 compared to November 2012.

Tim Naylor from BCA commented “There is a well charted trend between falling temperatures and rising values for 4x4s and we would expect to see that continue in the early part of this year, especially with temperatures returning to seasonal norms.

“When choosing a 4x4 it’s crucial that buyers go for the best specification they can afford, as this will help the vehicle retain its value in the years ahead.  Alloys, leather interior, air-con and sat-nav are all desirable, while more ‘rugged’ accessories such as mounted spotlights, running boards and winches can drive prices up too.

“But absolutely essential is ensuring the vehicle has a comprehensive up to date service history” concluded Tim Naylor.  “It may have been no further off-road than up a suburban kerb, but a full service history from the supplying dealer gives that extra peace of mind.”

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