We often see tons of articles and YouTube videos that talk about cars going up in value, and these vehicles are usually the expensive choices. You barely ever see an article that gives an in-depth review of affordable cars going up in value.
We have covered you if you are looking for a list of inexpensive choices. Luckily, you can now participate in something like that through this article, which talks about the relatively affordable vehicles that are certain to go up in value.
Even though cars are not great investments, it is still an excellent option to purchase a car that will go up in value rather than depreciate. So, keep reading this article for more information on everything you need to know about cars under $50,000 that are going up in value.
A List of Cars Under $50,000 that is Certain to Go Up in Value
It is important to note that this list is in no particular order.
The Dodge Viper
The first generation (came out in 1992 and 395 cars were sold) and second generation (came out in 1996 to 2002) Dodge Vipers are somewhat going up in value, which is why they have made it to this list. The second-generation models should be permanently over 50 grand, but the early models are cheaper (in the 30 grand range).
These cars are very cool to operate but are not usable in harsh weather conditions or any weather condition in general as they do not come with roofs and windows. They are paired with a V10 manual transmission and have a fantastic design.
These cars are sure to go up in value mainly because the Vipers generally have a ‘value renaissance,’ so if you purchase a model under 50 grand, it will be worth it long term.
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This applies to early SRT cars such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Neon SRT4, and the Dodge Magnum SRT8 (these three are the best picks). These cars are classified as the original SRT vehicles, simple cars with massive engines. These cars are rare but easy to own, maintain and work on.
Because the SRT was not as big as it is now, they did not make a lot of these cars. But they are up to par and fast, and the unmodified examples of these cars will go up in value.
This is an obvious option for every car lover, specifically the E36 M3 and the E46 M3. These two options are already increasing in value and are sure to go higher. About six or seven years ago, the E46 M3 was somewhat an 8000-dollar craigslist used car. But now, if you are purchasing an E46 M3 for eight grand, you would be getting a 220,000-mile automatic with an accident history that has probably been poorly modified.
The E36 M3 (sold from 1995 to 1999) always had poor ratings in the United States because they were detuned. The price ranged between 10 to 15,000 dollars then, but lately, they have increased in value. Many of them had 240 horsepower, automatics, and were convertibles, but this was not what people really wanted then.
E55 AMG Mercedes
This includes both versions of the E55 AMG, the W210 (sold between 1999 to 2002) and the W211 (sold between 2003 and 2006). These two cars are excellent choices, but the E55s are becoming desirable for various reasons; the powertrain (m113 V8) is a well-known reliable engine, and these cars use a variation of it with a little more power.
At first, it was the non-supercharged version that produced 360 horsepower from 1999 to 2002, and then the supercharged version, which had 469 horsepower. Because people are starting to get nostalgic for early AMG cars because of their reliability, most especially the E55, they are certain to go up in value.
The Range Rover Classic
The Range Rover Classic sold (from the 1970s all through 1995), and the next generation Range Rover (the P38), which is also starting to go up in value, was sold from 1996 to 2002. The P38 is not exactly the best car to own because they are unreliable and guaranteed to cause many problems, but they are attractive.
The Range Rover Classic is a better option; the only disadvantage is that the powertrain was used for a long time, so people can easily work and replace stuff. These cars are already selling for over $50,000, showing that they are increasing in value. This is an excellent choice if you want something incredible and old-school.
E60 BMW M5
This is an obvious option for anyone paying attention to the market now; the M5 with a V10 was made from 2006 to 2010, and the F10 BMW M5 with a twin-turbo V8. These cars are not the best choice as they are unreliable and challenging. But they are a naturally aspirated V10 manual transmission.
This is why they are going higher in value; everyone wants a manual V10 because nobody will ever make it again.
Fourth Generation Toyota Forerunner
This vehicle is different from every other option above because it is under $25,000 and is certain to go up in value. It came out in 2003 and is the overlooked forerunner, the one nobody is paying attention to now. It does not have that brawny SUV look like the other forerunners; instead, it is more of a family car.
The good thing about the fourth-gen forerunner is that it is the only forerunner that is offered with a V8, and you get a four-wheel drive. It will be no surprise if fourth-generation forerunners rise in value more than we expect because they are pretty cool.
Subaru WRX STI Hatchbacks
This is an option you probably were not considering, from the second generation sold in the US (from 2008 to 2014). Subaru has stopped making hatchback versions of the WRX and STI since 2014, and they have not gone back since then (in the US).
It produces 300 horsepower with turbo force, making them fast and fun to operate. These cars are pretty cool and are certain to go up in value (long term), mainly because most of them have been modified.
The Original Porsche Cayenne
This is a strange option out of every other one listed above. The first Cayenne came out in 2003 and was sold through 2010; then, there was a facelift. It used to be a $5,000 used car, but that is no longer the case as it is rising in value.
These cars have become more desirable mainly because of their off-road capabilities, and used off-roaders tend to increase in value. They also made turbo versions, and the Turbo S version produced about 520 horsepower. People are starting to pay a high price for the Cayenne Turbos, Turbo S, GTS, and even the regular Cayenne (particularly manual transmission)
As new cars (automatic, hybrid, and electric) are being produced, there is this nostalgic feeling that people get for older cars, making them continue to rise in value. So, here is a list of vehicles under $50,000 that are certain to increase in value.