Study shows hybrid vehicles retain strong resale value

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


The Toyota Prius Hybrid is a winner on world stage

A study commissioned by Toyota Ireland with to review used car values of hybrid vehicles compared to electric vehicles in Ireland, has shown that hybrid vehicles retain a higher resale value.

The study was undertaken by noted Global Automotive Expert and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Dean Bowkett.

Results show that at 3-5 years old, the resale value on hybrid vehicles is notably higher than electric vehicles. For used hybrid vehicles, the residual value after three years is 65.6%, which is 13.5% greater than an electric vehicle. After 4 years it is 56.9% and after five years is 46.3%. For electric vehicles, the residual value after three years is 52.1%, after 4 years is 42.6% and after 5 years is 32.5%.

Hybrid technology that, unlike electric vehicles, you don’t have to plug in, has seen Toyota experience a 100% increase in sales of hybrid vehicles in 2017 compared to last year.

Globally, Toyota sales of hybrid cars has surpassed 10 million units, further enhancing Toyota’s leadership in hybrid technology. In Ireland, hybrid vehicles now make up a total of 3.4% of the market, up from 1.5% in 2016 and Toyota expect that to double again in 2018.

Commenting on the results, Michael Gaynor, Toyota Ireland Marketing Director said:

“These results further highlight the benefits of Hybrid in comparison to electric vehicles. In addition to not having range anxiety, a hybrid customer also has the comfort in knowing their residual value will not be compromised when making the decision to drive a cleaner more efficient car. Hybrid sales continue to dominate with hybrid expected to surpass 30% of Toyota’s total passenger car sales in 172.”

The local Toyota dealership in Offaly is Lambe Bros in Tullamore. 

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