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Social Media: A Gateway for Child Predators [INFOGRAPHIC]

As fast as technological advances spawn new social media outlets, teens readily create accounts on these new social networks and spend much of their free time online. Around 81% of teens use social media and 65% of teens with social media accounts log on more than once a day. With many teens signing on to sites and sharing personal information, do they consider privacy settings, information they display, or the short- and long-term effects of displaying such information? The shocking truth is very few do.

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Social Media: A Gateway for Child Predators

Do you know what your children display on their social media accounts? Technological advancements spawn new social media outlets, and teens flock to the websites, ready to share personal information to millions of strangers. Online predators follow suit, racing to social networking sites, eager to find individuals ready to share personal information so they can exploit them. Few children consider the consequences of the information they share online, not realizing 82% of cyber stalkers use social media to find information about potential victims and 65% of cyber stalkers use social media to discover where kids live and what school they attend. Teens will even get creative with their privacy settings and hide information they should be sharing from their parents.

Most Popular Social Networks Among Teens

Social networks are launched or changed frequently. Facebook remains the most-used network between ages 12-24, but other social networks are growing in popularity.

  • 74% of teens use Facebook
  • 59% of teens use Instagram
  • 57% of teens use Snapchat
  • 32% of teens use Twitter
  • 30% of teens use Vine
  • 20% of teens use Pinterest

The average teen using social media has 300 Facebook friends, 79 Twitter followers, 150 Instagram followers, and receives more “snaps” from Snapchat than texts. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are used mainly to share images through their mobile device. 21% of teens believe using a mobile device allows them to hide information from their parents more effectively.

Teen Privacy Concerns Misaligned

Social networks are notorious for having complex privacy settings, but are teens or parents concerned about privacy? Only 9% of teens said they are “very concerned” about privacy on social media sites while 78% of teens said they felt in control of their social networking sites.

Teen Levels of Concern about Online Privacy

  • 9% are very concerned
  • 31% are somewhat concerned
  • 38% are not too concerned
  • 22% are not at all concerned

An additional 70% believe they understand privacy protection on Facebook, but only 40% of teens keep their Facebook profiles private. When teens do show concern for social media privacy, they focus on hiding things from:

  • Authority figures
  • Teachers
  • Future employers
  • Parents

Rather than focusing on:

  • Identity theft
  • Damaged reputation
  • Legal issues
  • Conflict
  • Predators

How Teens Cover Their Tracks Online

50% of parents believe teens tell them everything they do online but don’t realize that 70% of teens hide their online behavior from their parents and 25% of teens say their parents know “little” or nothing” about their online behaviors. Teens hide their behavior through a variety of surreptitious methods:

  • 80% of teens have used privacy settings to hide content from friends/family
  • 53% clear their browser history
  • 46% close/minimize browser when parent walks in room
  • 34% hide or delete Instant Messages (IMs) or videos
  • 23% lie or omit details about online activities
  • 21% of teens use a mobile phone to access the internet and hide activity from their parents
  • 20% use privacy settings to make certain content viewable only by friends
  • 20% use private browsing modes
  • 15% create private email address unknown to parents
  • 12% override parental privacy settings
  • 9% create duplicate/fake social network profiles

Hiding information is not the only method teens use to avoid trouble. The Pew Internet study found 26% of teen social media users post fake information such as a false name, age, or location and 8% of teens create separate social media accounts, connecting with parents on one account and using the other to share more content and interact with people.

Teens will also use what is referred to as “social steganography,” a method of hiding information in plain sight by posting to social media using vague language such as “not being in a happy state” or acronyms to open communication amongst a select group of individuals.

What are Teens Sharing on Social Media?

Teens may feel they control their privacy settings and are able to hide information they share on social media from their parents. However, teens share information that puts them at risk.

  • 92% of teens share real name on most social media platforms
  • 92% of teens post real pictures of themselves
  • 71% of teens list which school they go to
  • 20% share cell phone number
  • 19% share email and social media passwords
  • 16% auto-share location in posts

Most alarming is 33% of teens are friends with people they’ve never met off-line (click to tweet this stat)  and a third of teenagers who meet people online have then met up with some of these people face-to-face.

Opening the Door for Predators

When teens “friend” individuals they don’t know or share sensitive information on social networking sites, they are at greater risk of encountering a predator online.

  • 3 out of 10 teens in the United States have been stalked by complete strangers on Facebook and received friend requests from people they didn’t know.
  • 69% of teens regularly receive online personal messages from people they don’t know. Most don’t tell a trusted adult.
  • 16% of teens say they’ve considered meeting face-to-face with someone they’ve only chatted with online.
  • 82% of cyber stalkers use social media to find out information about potential victims.
  • 65% of cyber stalkers use social media to discover where kids live and what school they attend.
  • 1 in 6 teens have been contacted online by a stranger in a “way that made them feel scared or uncomfortable.”
  • 1 in 20 teens admitted to arranging a secret meeting with someone they met online.

social media predatorWho are the Predators?

  • Most are male
  • 76% are over 26 years old
  • Like to meet in chat rooms
  • Only 5% of predators pretend to be the same age as their victims

How Predators Gain a Child’s Trust

Online predators research current trends and use them to open conversation with children and teens. Once they have a teen’s interest, they listen to and sympathize with their problems and begin to seduce children by lavishing them with attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts.

Predators slowly introduce sexual content into their conversations and begin to evaluate children as prospective candidates to meet in person.

100% of victims of online sexual predators have gone willingly to meet with the predator.

Where Predators Lurk

  • Social networks
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Instant messaging
  • Chat features on game apps – sneaky!
  • Email
  • Discussion boards
  • Other websites

Online predators are difficult to identify because of the drastic difference of how they represent themselves in person and online. Online predators seek children that appear vulnerable, lonely, sheltered, or naïve. Predators also focus on teens that have access to accounts with private messaging.

While Facebook remains the most prevalent site for social media stalking, emerging social networks are creating other opportunities:

  • Instagram – Instagram has become the second most popular social network and has become a popular network for predators. Instagram has had an issue with teens posting explicit pictures and has taken steps to crack down, but predators are finding ways around settings.
  • Kik – Kik is an alternate to texting that doesn’t require a phone number. All children need is access to a mobile device and Wi-Fi. Kik has no parental controls so children can access adult content with strangers any time.

  • Snapchat – Snapchat is a photo-sharing app where photos and videos delete themselves in seconds. This helps predators lure teenagers into a sense of security, providing a chance to ask for explicit content. It is difficult for parents to know what their children are sending unless they access the app while an exchange is happening.
  • WhatsApp – WhatsApp has 450 million users and, like Kik, is an alternative to text messaging. WhatsApp is frequently used by predators but WhatsApp provides tracking services so parents can monitor who their children are chatting and what they’re sharing. Parents also have the ability to block the app.
  • Tinder – Tinder is a dating app designed for adults, but a recent study found 7 percent of users are between the ages of 13 and 17. Tinder is a location based app that allows users to narrow a location down to one mile.

Parents should also note emerging social networks such as Bebo, Hyper, Ello, and Tumblr as they have shown growth in popularity amongst teens.

More Parents Taking Action

More parents are concerned that their teenager’s online activity puts them at risk while possibly hurting future career options as well. More parents are observing, discussing, and monitoring their teen’s digital footprints.

72% of parents of online teens are concerned about how their child interacts online with people they do not know, with some 53% of parents being “very” concerned.

This video explains how parents must communicate with their children about internet safety.

When parents talk to teens about internet safety and security, teens are 40% less likely to consider meeting someone face-to-face with whom they only know from the internet. 50% of teens also said they would change their behavior if they knew their parent was watching.

How to Keep Your Teen Safe

Parents can talk to teens about internet security in a variety of ways:

  • Establish boundaries – Explain acceptable behavior on social media as well as the amount of time that is acceptable.
  • Disable location sharing on phones and social media – You might have to dig around for directions on each site, but have your teen hide locations when posting updates and chatting.
  • Stay informed of threats – Knowing the latest trends and social networks allows parents to stay informed and know what teens may or may not be sharing. Staying informed may also encourage teens to share more information with their parents.
  • Discuss privacy settings – Educating teens about privacy settings and managing their accounts helps prevent information from falling in the wrong eyes. Parents may also consider placing parental controls on children’s devices. 40% of parents have already done so and 90% of parents that have parental controls installed feel their child is safer because of it.
  • Keep computer in central location – and limit age when children get smart phone
  • Use Software filters – programs like Net Nanny can monitor sites, block chats, mask profanity and set up time controls.

Opening communication with teens encourages discussion around and allows parents and teens to communicate about troubling situations. Having healthy communication can assure parents that their teen is using social networks in a safe way and prevents teens from engaging with online predators.

3 Things New Horse Teaches Guys in Equine Assisted Therapy

The Rawhide Equine Assisted Therapy (REAP) has a new four-legged therapist—Memphis: a horse who’s long on personality. His previous owner felt Memphis would be a perfect fit for the program and recently donated him to Rawhide. Memphis has indeed been a hit with the guys, providing personality, patience, and 12 years of experience working with people.

Horses Have a Pecking Order?

Rawhide’s Equine Assisted Therapy Program is run by Gretchen Liethen. When guys enter the REAP program Gretchen explains the dynamics of a herd setting and mentions that Memphis is the lowest in the “pecking order.” When guys hear this, they react one of two ways:

  1. Connect with Memphis and want to work with him
  2. Feel Memphis isn’t strong enough and pass on him

Memphis has a feel for the type of guy he works with best. When a guy is more strong willed, Memphis won’t pay much attention to him. When a guy feels more closed off, Memphis connects. Memphis will make the most of the opportunity and pay close attention to the guy, offering him a match better than even Chuck Woolery could make!

Personality Plus…Horse Humor

Memphis has unique ways of presenting himself and connecting with guys. When Memphis becomes interested, he will offer his head to the student for petting and follow the student along the rail. If the student goes in a different direction, he will watch the guy until he returns.

Memphis displays a sense of humor when he is being handled. He makes faces when a guy finds the right spot to scratch. Memphis will also display visible happiness when he is being praised. Once someone starts working with him, Memphis follows them around with abundant happiness. Rawhide guys get a kick out of his personality.

3 Areas of Impact

Memphis noticeably impacts the Rawhide guys. When guys work with Memphis, Gretchen has noticed three areas of improvement:

  1. Confidence – Guys learn how to be a leader by leading Memphis through activities.
  2. Patience – Guys might encounter tough obstacles while tending to Memphis. Thanks to Memphis’ responsiveness, guys learn how to overcome these obstacles with patience.
  3. Compassion – Guys learn how to lovingly care for something outside of themselves and receive that love and affection in return.

During Rawhide’s 50th anniversary, many alumni talked about the impact equine assisted therapy had on their lives. Memphis is more than happy to continue the tradition and help carry out Rawhide’s mission of transforming lives.

Support Equine Assisted Therapy

Rawhide’s Equine Assisted Therapy Program wouldn’t be possible without support from our donors. Contributions buy animal food and supplies to keep our horses and our guys happy. If you are looking for a way to make a difference in your Wisconsin community, please consider making a donation today.

9 End-of-Year Tax Deduction Tips

tax deduction clockAs the last leaves turn color and fall to the ground, your thoughts may turn to the many holiday festivities before year’s end. Most assuredly, you’re probably not thinking about tax season during this busy time of year. Doing so may not sound like much fun, but planning ahead will pay off for you in April. Fourth quarter of every year is an opportunity to take stock of the tax deductions you will be able to claim, plus take action to add more that will lower your tax obligation.

1.     Don’t Wait Until the 11th Hour

Before you know it, the new year will be upon us and your window of opportunity for getting an added tax deduction will close. Take action now in case there’s a bit of leg work involved like gathering documents, charity research, or dropping off vehicles.

2.     Consider Donating to Rawhide

You’ve probably heard the expression “it’s more blessed to give than receive.” Studies have revealed that giving boosts a person’s “feel good” brain chemicals and self-esteem. And many charities give you plenty of options for that boost.

3.     Research Rawhide’s Credibility

If you feel an alignment with our mission and are considering donating a vehicle or making a financial gift, read our online independent reviews:

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You can also check out How Funds Are Used and Rawhide’s Success Rates.

4.     Decide What to Donate

Donation options range from cars, trucks, cycles, and boats to life insurance, stocks, and of course, cash. Whatever you choose to donate, you’ll create a lasting legacy that changes lives.

5.     Donate a Car, Boat, or Cycle

Rawhide vehicle donation program for tax deduction

If you itemize deductions on Schedule A of Tax Form 1040, consider donating a car, boat, truck, RV, motorcycle or other vehicle to a trusted charity before year’s end. As long as you hand your signed title to the charity before midnight on December 31st, you can itemize it on your tax forms the following April.

Rawhide Boys Ranch has been trusted with vehicle donations for over 30 years and accepts all types of vehicle donations including boats, motorcycles, houseboats, buses, RVs, jet skis, boats, trucks, cars, and more. Our sales team works diligently to ensure you receive the maximum tax deduction based on your vehicle’s age, condition and location.

6.     Gift Cash

If you are looking for that last-minute tax deduction, give the gift of cash if you don’t want to part with a vehicle at this time. Your cash gift to Rawhide funds programs, services, job training, and education, as well as food, clothing, and shelter for the boys.

7.     Donate Stocks and Annuities

According to Money.CNN, donating stocks to non-profits is rising in popularity due to the great tax benefit. Make sure to donate before December 31st to get this tax break when you file.

8.     Take Advantage of Planned Giving for Future Tax Deduction

Planned giving takes more time and consideration for the future. The tax benefits aren’t immediate. However, our donation experts will be happy to speak privately to you at 1-888-745-7444.

9.     Give from Your Comfy Chair

Technological advances have simplified many aspects in our lives and charitable giving is one of them. If you donate a vehicle or cash to Rawhide—you can do both online! It’s secure, quick, and convenient. Your cash donation is instant.

You may complete the vehicle donation form online and then arrange a pick up time which normally occurs in 2-3 days. Once you hand over the signed title to Rawhide, you get a receipt.

Donate a car, boat, motorcycle or cash online

Tick Tock…

That’s the sound of 2015 passing into a new year. Make the most of what’s left in this year and donate to Rawhide for optimum tax deductions. You’ll be glad you did on many levels—more money in your pocket and a warm feeling in your heart for making a difference in someone’s life.

What’s Next?

  1. For vehicle donations, you may fill out our online form or call 1-800-729-4433.
  2. For cash donations, complete the online form or call 1-888-745-7444.
  3. For planned giving, call our specialists at 1-888-745-7444 or email DevelopmentDonations@rawhide.org

Thank you for your consideration. You are making a difference in the lives of troubled youth and families in your community.

1962 Ford Galaxie Donated as Tribute to Bart Starr

65,000 fans crowded New York City’s Yankee Stadium in 1962 to watch the small-town Green Bay Packers take on the big-time New York Football Giants. The single digit temps and 35-40 mph winds caused television crews to thaw cameras with dugout bonfires. The Packers emerged victorious over the Giants for the second year in a row, winning 16-7.

Bart Starr Gains an 8-Year-Old Fan

Scott Roberts was 8 years old at the time, living in Wisconsin and admiring Bart Starr’s perfect placement on holds that allowed Jerry Kramer to kick the deciding three field goals and extra point in the Packers’ victory. Scott hasn’t forgotten about that game or the impact Bart Starr had on the Packers, leading them to multiple championships. Scott also watched as Bart’s contribution to the community included raffling off his MVP 1968 Corvette as a fundraiser for Rawhide Boys Ranch.

MVP 1968 Corvette

In honor of his boyhood hero, Scott recently decided to donate a car to Rawhide, hoping to encourage Bart’s recovery from his stroke in 2014.

1962 was a Very Good Year

In the mid-1990s, Scott bought a 1962 Ford Galaxie. He used the vehicle only in summer because the giant trunk was perfect for hauling family camping supplies on weekend trips.

Rawhide 1962 Ford Galaxie

When Scott heard about Bart Starr’s stroke, he wanted to find a way to support his boyhood hero at least in spirit. Scott remembered that his Ford Galaxie was built in 1962—the same year he became a life-long Bart Starr fan.

1962 had another significance for Scott. He considers the 1962 Packers team a powerhouse with some of the greatest players ever assembled in NFL history. Putting that all together with his admiration and respect for Bart led to one conclusion; Scott would follow in Bart’s footsteps and support Rawhide by donating his 1962 Ford Galaxie.

Bart Starr’s Humble Character

While growing up watching Bart Starr’s football field heroics, Scott was most impressed by Bart’s humble personality and charitable heart. Scott is amazed by how respectful Bart is and what a true inspiration Bart could be to everyone. Scott told Rawhide, “Bart embodies everything good.”

Scott’s car donation to Rawhide is his way of saying thank you to Bart and in hopes that it would somehow inspire Bart’s recovery.

A Lifetime Connection to Rawhide

Scott’s boyhood admiration for Bart Starr wasn’t his only connection to Rawhide. He practiced law from 1979 until July of 2015, retiring to experience new chapters in his life. During his time as a private practice lawyer and assistant district attorney, he dealt with young men facing difficult problems.

When Scott received cases regarding young men, he remembered everything good Bart Starr embodied and Bart’s connection to Rawhide. Scott learned about Rawhide’s unique and successful programs and never hesitated to refer youth to Rawhide if he felt the situation was right.

Encourage Bart Starr’s Recovery

You can show your support for Bart Starr, even if you don’t have a Ford Galaxie to donate. If you would like to encourage Bart Starr’s recovery, leave a motivating message in the comment section below. We will pass all words of encouragement to the Starr family.

When You Make A Vehicle Donation Green Bay Benefits

More and more people donate their old vehicles to charity because they know it will give them a welcome tax deduction and such is the case in Vehicle Donation Green Bay. However, as an increasing number of charities have now signed up to this scheme, it has become more important for people like you to actually make a decision about which charity you want to support with your donation. When you provide a vehicle donation Green Bay is able to benefit in a number of different ways, and you want to ensure that these are things that you believe in yourself. There are a number of things you should look for in a vehicle donation Green Bay charity, therefore. Let’s take a closer look.

How to Spot a Good Charity

The first and most important thing is that the charity supports a cause that you believe in. Secondly, it has to be 501(c)3 registered, or you will not be able to deduct your donation from your taxable income. The final key aspect relates to the efficiency of the vehicle donation Green Bay charity. This is what will tell you just how much of your donation actually goes to furthering the cause itself.

Spotlight on Vehicle Donation Green Bay Charity Rawhide

Rawhide is a nonprofit organization that has the right tax registration for you to make a donation and deduct it from your taxes. Their commitment is to stay completely free from debt because they do not want to waste money paying off interest fees. Hence, they ensure all the gifts given to them by donors are used the right way. They understand that any donation is a sacrifice for the greater good, and they treat it that way.

Thus, in Green Bay donate a vehicle to Rawhide and you will be sure that the money goes where it is supposed to go. Indeed, 83% of all funds go into operating expenses. Another 8% goes into promotion and fundraising. Finally, just 9% of the funds go into management and administration. This means that when you give vehicle donations, only 9 cents of every dollar you donate goes to things other than the actual service. This makes it a hugely efficient vehicle donation Green Bay charity.

It is also very important that you believe in what the charity stands for. Rawhide offers several programs and services for at risk youths, working to give them greater opportunities in life. They help parents manage children with behavioral difficulties, run programs for professionals to equip them with better skills and knowledge, have residential and outpatient counseling services, offer choice schooling at their Starr Academy, and run an adventure camp. Additionally, most alumni from the Rawhide Ranch stay in contact with the charity for the rest of their lives, and many become mentors to the next generation of young people who go through the charity’s programs. Added to this, they operate under Christian values, meaning that children are equipped with a solid spiritual foundation that will guide them throughout their lives.

How One Week Powerfully Altered a Life: Alumni Update

When Chris* was two, his dad let him sip out of a beer can so he and his friends could laugh at a drunken toddler. By first grade, Chris was kicked out of school more times than he could count. By the age of ten, Chris believed he was already a “man.” It wasn’t until he was sent to Rawhide’s summer camp in the early 1970s at 11 years of age that he felt loved for the first time.

The Birthday Party that Wasn’t

When Chris was 11, he left his parents’ home and moved in with his older brother. During Chris’s birthday party, another family member’s idea of a joke included bursting into the party brandishing a shotgun. Chris was very scared and upset, naturally. As a result, Chris took off on his bike with some pills from the medicine cabinet and ended up in the emergency room. The ER team pumped his stomach and sent him to the psychiatric ward for evaluation.

Oh, the Horror

During his hospital stay, Chris was admitted into a double-occupant room to be shared with a 35-year-old recovering heroin addict. Chris told Rawhide that he saw things in the psych ward that no young boy should have to see, including another man trying to strangle his roommate. Shortly after he was discharged from the hospital, Chris came to Rawhide for a week-long adventure camp.

His Week at Rawhide Summer Camp

As Chris puts it:

“When I arrived at Rawhide, I was angry at the world, God, and just about everything else in my way. I didn’t trust authority figures and had a negative outlook about the camp.”

Within a half hour upon arriving at Rawhide’s camp, his attitude landed him in the so-called doghouse. The pre-determined punishment for a negative attitude or bad behavior entailed a bucket of slime being dumped over a guy’s head by the other campers. “The Slime Bucket” was a 55-gallon drum full of corn syrup, vegetable oil, molasses, and food coloring plus whatever other harmless food items that Rawhide guys could find. Anyone with a negative attitude got “slimed.” Chris attested to its effectiveness.

Trusting God’s Plan

After being slimed, Chris decided to get with the program and started having fun. He enjoyed skeet shooting and hanging out in the woods. His favorite memory, as he tells it, was the chance to race cars. He could hardly contain his excitement when the counselors said they’d get to race cars around the pond. What he didn’t realize was the cars had no motors, requiring each team of campers to push their car over the finish line. The campers learned how to work together as a team to accomplish what seemed like a difficult goal.

One other activity still sticks with him 40 years later. The teams were to race each other through the woods on Rawhide acreage. But there was a catch: each team was tied together, meaning they had to work as one unit. Chris reflected, “As screwed up as we all were, it was amazing we could all stick together and get something like that done.”

Once Chris left Rawhide, he felt valuable for the first time in his life, realizing people cared about him.

Life after Rawhide

Life was not perfect when Chris left his week-long summer camp at Rawhide, but he does remember how he felt while he was here. He felt loved and accepted. And even though Chris went on to make some wrong choices in his late teen and early adult years; his memory of that one week at Rawhide is what finally inspired him to change his life.  He knew there was a better way.

“That week was part of God’s plan for me. Part of something to reflect on for when I came across low points.”

He said he still gets warm, fuzzy feelings whenever Rawhide comes to mind. Today, Chris is a successful business owner who is grateful for that one week at Rawhide that changed his life.

Chris’ Alumni Advice to Other Youth

If Chris could give any advice to youth headed down the wrong path, he would tell them they are loved. “Sometimes you have to look for it, but the love is there.”

Let our guys know you love them with a charitable donation. Every bit helps give at risk youth a second chance. Please consider a donation today.

*Names have been changed to preserve anonymity

11 Vehicles that Retain Higher Resale Value

In some cases, a new car’s value can drop by 9% in the first mile it’s driven. As years pass, this depreciation grows, making it difficult to get a good resale price later. Average vehicle resale value after three years is 50% and after five years average vehicle resale value drops to 39%.  Some vehicles depreciate at a slower rate, retaining more of their initial value years after purchase. Here are 11 vehicles that hold more of their value, making them a better investment.

1.     Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota FJ Cruiser

Photo by Stefan Krause, Germany. Licensed under FAL

RESALE VALUE: 76% of original value after 3 years, 70% after 5 years

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a premium SUV full of horsepower, towing capability, and all the technological bells and whistles one could possibly want. The Toyota FJ Cruiser holds fantastic resale values.

2.     Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

Photo by IFCAR. Licensed under Public Domain

RESALE VALUE: 70% of original value after 3 years, 59% after 5 years

Enjoy the 285 horsepower 3.6 liter engine of this vehicle—on or off-road for up to 5 years and still get 59% of the original purchase price after 5 years.  Not bad.

3.     Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette

Photo by Stardust39 at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY 3.0

RESALE VALUE: 65% of original value after 3 years, 54% after 5 years

The ultimate in speed and style, the Chevrolet Corvette has a 6.2 liter V8 engine and is basically a street-legal race car. The Corvette is a smart investment as well.

4.     Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra

Photo by IFCAR. Licensed under Public Domain

RESALE VALUE: 64% of original value after 3 years, 58% after 5 years

The Toyota Tundra offers a smooth ride and luxurious interior. It also holds 58 percent of its value five years after purchase. If that’s not enough, the Toyota Tundra can even tow a space shuttle!

5.     Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

Photo by Forty5th. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

RESALE VALUE: 64% of original value after 3 years, 52% after 5 years

The Chevrolet Camaro flexes its muscles, offering a 3.6 liter V6 engine and respectable 28 mpg highway. The new Camaros also offer powerful wireless technology and the distinction of driving a Camaro. Kelley Blue Book estimates Camaros have a 52 percent resale value after five years.

6.     Honda CRV

Honda CRV

Photo by IFCAR. Licensed under Public Domain

RESALE VALUE: 63% of original value after 3 years, 50% after 5 years

The Honda CRV is the modern “wood paneled station wagon.” The CRV is an all-purpose vehicle featuring a beautiful interior, great safety features, and abundant cargo space. Kelley Blue Book estimates it will resell for 50 percent of its MSRP purchase five years after initial purchase.

7.     Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza

Photo by OSX. Licensed under Public Domain

RESALE VALUE: 62% of original value after 3 years, 47% after 5 years

The Subaru Impreza’s all-weather capabilities, impressive durability, and standard all-wheel drive make it a desirable vehicle for anyone driving in inclement weather.

8.     Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

Photo by Sicnag. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

RESALE VALUE: 61% of original value after 3 years, 51% after 5 years

If you want power, the Dodge Challenger is for you. If you want to sell your car for a good chunk of what you paid, the Challenger is also for you. It offers extreme horsepower, beautiful interior technology and a 51 percent resell price five years after initial purchase.

9.     Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado

Photo by order_242. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

RESALE VALUE: 59% of original value after 3 years, 51% after 5 years

The Chevy Silverado is one of the best-selling vehicles in the country—regardless if it’s new or used. With a high-tech interior and over 300 horsepower, the Chevy Silverado has an estimated 51 percent resell value five years after purchase.

10.     Honda Accord

Honda Accord

Photo by Bull-Doser. Licensed under Public Domain

RESALE VALUE: 59% of original value after 3 years, 46% after 5 years

The Honda Accord is considered one of the best midsize vehicles. It features 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, and a sporty 2.4 liter engine. Nothing like a little zip while driving your vehicle and extra cash when you feel it’s time for a new one!

11.     Nissan Versa

Nissan Versa

Photo by Navigator84 Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

RESALE VALUE: 58% of original value after 3 years, 46% after 5 years

As a new car, the Nissan Versa is affordable at an average price of $14,000 MSRP. The Versa also saves gas money, featuring over 40 mpg fuel economy.