Speculation on the Absurdly Low Price Of C4s

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Depreciation is an amazing thing, isn’t it? For the C4 Corvette, its depreciation seems to be at a point where downward trajectory just isn’t possible any more. They are indeed very inexpensive. But every good deal has some sort of catch. And for the C4, the catch is the car that followed immediately after: the C5. The C4 doesn’t have quite the bang-for-buck as the C5, because the C4 just doesn’t have the same levels of performance of the Corvette that was birthed in 1996. So the C4 remains a bit un-loved.

Now, we aren’t talking about the special editions of the C4, such as the Grand Sport or the ZR-1. It’s quite obvious that those will retain value, but as for the rest of the C4s, a boat-load of them are out there, and over-supply means they can be had at a low price. After all, the C4 enjoyed an unusually long 12-year production cycle, albeit with improvements throughout. The joys and pitfalls of an inexpensive C4 are nothing new to our forum members, who are on top of things as usual, as you can see in this thread which focuses on the case of a C4 fix’er upper. If you didn’t guess by now, the theme of buying a cheap C4 is “buyer beware.”

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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