Many enthusiasts who really keep up with ultralight aircraft news and casual flyers alike often wonder about the resale values of their machines. Recent trends in sales and resales show that ultralight keep their resale value very well, especially when compared to other recreational vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, jet skis, etc. The reasons are simple really.
Aircraft owners keep their machines in top running condition and new sales aren’t driven by recent fashion, or new models like many other products. Ultralight aircraft haven’t experienced any major changes or advances in the past years. The 254 lb weight limit seems to have raised the credibility of ultralights in the eyes of light aircraft pilots. Many of them are now switching to ultralights to cut costs of their hobbies. This new trend is helping to keep the second hand market strong and the resell values high.
Many of these converted light aircraft pilots have reported that keeping a light aircraft rather than a ultralight makes little sense. Ultralights can be broken down and easily stored in the owner’s garage while light aircraft pilots are shelling out monthly hanger fees at their local airfield. The opinions of many that ultralights are less expensive, can operate from a wider range of airfields, and are just plain more fun to fly, are all holding resale values very high.