The difference however is that with the Porsche Panamera you have up to 3 more years (and 100k miles if Certified) of full factory warranty and road side service. A car 's value is based solely on what you can put in your pocket selling it and how much time and effort that takes. The lack of warranty and subsequent risk to the buyer (see the "I tried, I really tried post) makes selling a 30k mile Karma a bit more difficult than the same Panamera. To sell that Karma at $55k, you'll have to stumble upon an uninformed foolhardy buyer, or have a car that is mechaniically flawless. In either case, a more realistic selling price is $47k...more like 42%. Trading it in, you'll find out its real value; you'll get offers around $30k. I know all this from experience.I visited KBB.com to check on pricing of a used 2012 Porsche Panamera SE-Hybrid with 30K miles. It's just about 50 cents on the dollar against a new one. ($50,800 vs $100,500) It seems to me our Fiskers are holding up fine as far as used cars go. But I don't see them going up in value except for warehouse stored collector cars with zero miles in 10 years.... maybe.
I'm sorry to say Sigurd that I don't make bad deals. I extensively research each transaction before I make them. As a result I always come out ahead at purchase (and when applicable, at the sale). I paid $78K for my new Fisker in December 2012, when most buyers were still paying $95K or more for theirs. I am paying the least per month previously paid on a lease of my current vehicle...$1K/month x 36 months for a new $137K car; no money down; 12K miles/year).Eric, I'm sorry you made bad deals. I paid $100K exactly for mine, minus $7500 tax credit. My car has 25K miles and is in perfect condition. Green circles on the motors, perfectly functioning battery, new HVAC, etc. What do you think I could sell my car for? I bet my depreciation is less at this point than I would ever have gotten on a Panamera. I have had my car since December, 2011 and have not paid a penny for maintenance (including oil changes), repairs or even loaner cars. BTW, I'm not selling. I love my car.
There's a fifth possible factor which is potentially increased recognition. Presumably when Elux starts up it will be accompanied by a PR and marketing campaign and maybe advertising. Awareness and familiarity will probably do more for the book value of our cars than the CSP program will.I do not intend to sell my Fisker Karma but was curious as to what would happen should Elux renew production of the Karma. My thought was that the resale value of a Fisker Karma might increase for a few reasons. 1. Availability of replacement parts. 2. More availability of qualified service techs. 3. Exclusivity of Karmas with Fisker branding. 4. Announcement of CSP program.
I didn't mind the eLux name, it was their horrible logo. If they stay with Fisker, at least they will probably have a nice "Style Guide" to follow created by a credible design firm to keep their brand in check.BTW - I don't think they're still thinking of using "ELUX" anymore.