Re: Depreciation - scary!
Alfas are difficult to shift in the trade, of course we all know about cambelts, oil checking, variators etc but the average salesperson will look in Glass's guide and see that Alfa prices dropped about 3 percent last month. The salesperson doesn't know that you are an enthusiast of course, who looks after their car. They assume the worst and so do Glass's and their ilk unfortunately. A car that you need to check the oil and service on time in this day and age is not what joe car driver wants.
The problems that can and do arise due to neglect/poor servicing are reflected in the poor resale cost, along with the relatively high insurance costs and the fact that Alfas are seen as a speciality car that isn't particulary reliable. Often they sit forlornly on forecourts for ages, people just don't want to know. Hopefully with the 159/GT/Brera we will see a better reputation. It should be noted that the smaller engined alfas (1.6, 1.8) and diesels are the worst for holding thier value at the moment, V6's do better.
I have recently provoked panic in a number of car dealerships (citroen, smart, toyota) as the salesperson frantically calls round his mates trying to get a trade in value...I walked away each time saying ''you are taking the ****''.
Imo the best thing to do would be to attempt a trade in with a dealer, of course you will end up with another Alfa or a Fiat! That's what i did with my Stilo that suffered the same depreciation, hence the 147. It was either that or a Barchetta, which was ace but impractible.