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Will Aston Martin's AMG Partnership Stop Its Crazy Depreciation?

Highly depreciated Astons are everywhere, but will they still be in the future?

When it comes to old Aston Martins and Mercedes AMG cars, we love depreciation. We have had no shortage of stories here on CarBuzz featuring an Aston Martin or Mercedes-Benz which has depreciated to shockingly cheap levels. Aston Martins are extremely expensive to buy new, but you can now buy a DB9 for as little as $50,000 or a DB7 for a low as $32,000. The DB11 is the latest car in in the DB model line, and we have praised it as the first truly modern Aston Martin. But will it depreciate like its predecessors?

At first, we would be tempted to say that the DB11 won't depreciate as badly as previous Aston Martin models. One of the things that we love about the DB11 is that it has electronics that don't feel 10 years out of date. When you sat in a DB9, everything was beautiful, but you wouldn't dare play around with the navigation system because it was so archaic to use. Aston Martins may cost upwards of $200,000, but they were constantly shown up by your $200 smartphone. If you wanted to have usable navigation and media sources, you would have been better off spending a few bucks on duct tape to stick your smartphone over the old system. The electronic issues didn't just stop at infotainment either.

Aston Matin loves to tout that its cars are hand-built in England. Jeremy Clarkson used to always say that "hand-built in England" is just "another way of saying that the door will fall off." While build quality issues were never really THAT drastic, we do understand where Clarkson was coming from. One of the reasons why Aston Martins depreciated so fast was because they had extremely expensive parts, and after several years it would be more expensive to fix a serious issue than just buy a replacement car. Luckily in the future, Aston Martin will be partnered with AMG to provide electronics that work and parts that don't cost a fortune to replace. But this AMG partnership may not be the perfect solution.

We've already started to see the results of the Aston Martin and AMG partnership with the DB11. The DB11 has Mercedes electronics and an Aston engine. However, there is still more to come from the partnership. The next Vantage model will pack an AMG-built engine. This means that the Vantage shouldn't really cost much more to repair than a run-of-the-mill C63. It sounds like this partnership should erase the depreciation from Aston Martin cars, but then we remembered that AMG cars aren't exactly depreciation-proof. Like Aston Martin, we have had no shortage of sub-$50,000 AMG cars on CarBuzz, even twin-turbo V12 models like the SL65 and S65 AMG.

If you're one of those crazy people who saw one of our Supercar On A $50,000 budget and actually bought one, don't worry because there will still be Aston Martins for you to buy in the future. While we do believe that the AMG partnership is a huge improvement for the brand, we still think that depreciation will be there in the future, if not a bit slower. It took about ten years for the DB9 to depreciate to around $50,000, so that means that by 2026 the $212,000 DB11 could be worth less than one quarter of its retail value. Although, since the DB11 costs around 12 percent more than the DB9 did, we could see it taking a little longer to become as cheap. Just be patient, and let depreciation work its magic.

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