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Used car comparison. 2016 Hyundai Sonata vs 2015 Honda Civic. Please help me choose!

GandalfTheGrayGandalfTheGray Posts: 1
edited March 2016 in General
People of the forum! I am having a hard time choosing my next car. Basically my aim is to avoid the depreciation hit as much as possible as there is a high chance I have to sell in 7-10 months.

Right now my options are -

1. 2015 Honda Civic HF with 14500 miles on it. Clean title, well serviced, no accident/damage on Carfax. Everything checks out well, but the car has small dings on the top of the front door as if something fell on it diagonally (3-4 1"x2" dings without paint scratches. Also the front and rear bumper have some scrapes on them. The total repair cost is estimated at $700 and I'm getting the car for 16000 out the door (including taxes, fees and repairs). Carfax rates it at +$440 above the retail value.

2. 2016 Hyundai Sonata SE with 4200 miles on it. Clean title, no accidents, BUT is a rental vehicle. This car looks and feels like a brand new car which I like. Is much more spacious, newer and better looking than the 2015 Civic. But for some reason Carfax rates it at -$1520 below the retail value even though there are no accident or damage reports and the car is in excellent condition. Out the door this will cost me 16300 (including taxes, fees ).

I like the Sonata since it's bigger and is almost fully loaded. But after all the research I'm unable to decide which one will retain it's value better after 7-10 months and 5000-7000 miles of driving it. Any advice would be helpful!

Thanks! :smile:

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