Aston Martin DBS (2008 – 2012) Review

Aston Martin DBS (2008 – 2012) At A Glance

+Hand built V12 engine develops 510bhp, stunning looks.

-Pricey even for an Aston.

On average it achieves 91% of the official MPG figure

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Real MPG average for a Aston Martin DBS (2008 – 2012)


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Average performance


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15–18 mpg

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Are there any sports cars which don't depreciate heavily?
"I'm thinking of spoiling myself and spending £40,000 or more on a retirement present. So which sports car would you recommend that will not lose money long-term? Perhaps going for something like a Porsche Cayman R, or a Lotus Evora S would be sensible, or a vintage sports of some sort? I’m not really into Ferraris due to running costs and reliability issues, but maybe an Aston Martin?"
Everything depreciates, even Ferraris that drop to between £20,000 and £30,000, then start going up again. So the trick is to buy a Ferrari when prices for that model bottom out. 550s and 575s are now on the way up. Similarly, good 1980s Porsche 911 930s are now going up, and moneyed people have turned older Aston Martins into rapidly appreciating investments. But any exotic car can turn round and bite you. A new engine for a Porsche 911 or 996 can cost £15,000. Basically the rarest, most desirable cars appreciate, but they also tend to have the highest running costs. The less rare, more reliable cars, like anything with the 6.2-litre Mercedes AMG63 engine, depreciate. It doesn't work both ways.
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Should I haggle when buying a sports car such as an Aston Martin DB9 or Ferrari California?
"Having read the interview in last weekend's Daily Telegraph I was surprised to read you have already spent 18 years offering your services to readers of the Daily Telegraph, and I hope you will continue to do so for many years, because with a world becoming ever more complicated, your advice is more needed than ever hence this email. In your interview you said one should haggle; I wonder would this also be possible when one intends to buy a used Ferrari or Aston Martin? If so, by how much, as I intend to purchase a sports car in the UK. Also I would appreciate your advice and opinion of the following in terms of usability, reliability and residuals: Aston Martin DBS and DB9, and Ferrari 575M and California, and which would you recommend?"
Depending on whether you are buying a relatively new Ferrari/Aston, or an older one for investment there is massive room to manoeuvre. Among the classics, don't ever believe anything you read. A car may be reported as sold for a mind-boggling amount, but this can simply be to hype the investment market and attract investors into paying colossal amounts at auction. Ferrari 250GTOs and 250 Californias are two cases in point. Currently, Ferrari F550s and F575s have bottomed out and are on the rise. DK Engineering can advise. If buying a newer prestige sports car, then everything is negotiable. Or you go to which is the best way to pay the right prevailing price for a car without being hyped and ripped off.
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