What Is the Worth of All-Wheel Drive?
Due to the cold snap that’s seizing the country right now, AWD probably seems tempting, but you might consider the price of it (up to an additional $1,500 on the price of a new car). If you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow and ice each year, it’d be a good idea to have AWD.
If you live in warmer parts of the country that see little to no snow, is AWD still worth that price?
Don’t get us wrong — we think AWD is pretty great, but if you’re living it up in Florida there’s not much of a reason to pay an extra $1,500 for it.
It’s not the “backyard pool” of cars where you’re guaranteed to add value when you sell. If you do sell it down the line, you won’t see a significant increase in what you’d get for selling the same car with FWD unless you move to a snowy area. Even then, you’d only get extra amount you paid for AWD back in the first place, if that.
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While AWD is great to have, it’s not a necessity unless you live in those snowy areas. If you do, you should know that snow tires are what really make the difference.
Sometimes you don’t get to choose: Dealerships order what sells well in the area, so if you live in a place where AWD is popular, you’ll probably find more AWD cars on the lot compared to FWD. If a car with AWD is in your budget and what you want, we say go for it.
News Source: Jalopnik.com