12 New Cars With Terrible 1-Year Resale Values
There’s an old saying that a new car loses a certain amount of its original value the moment it’s driven off a dealer’s lot, and that’s largely true. There’s generally no “backsies” involved in a new-vehicle transaction, so for better or worse it’s a used car immediately after buyer signs on the proverbial dotted line, and vehicles generally depreciate the most during their first year on the road.
Depreciation is typically one of a new vehicle’s biggest long-term ownership costs, and it behooves a car shopper to compare projected resale/residual values to ensure they’ll get the biggest return down the road at trade-in time. Cars and trucks generally depreciate at slower or quicker rates based on a wide range of factors, including supply and demand, new vehicle pricing, incentive levels, and production volumes. Generally, the more expensive the vehicle, the more important depreciation becomes, simply because there’s more money at stake.
Check out 12 new cars with the worst one-year resale values.
12. Buick Regal
According to a study of resale values among one-year-old used cars conducted by iSeeCars.com, the midsize Regal sedan loses 31.2 percent of its original transaction price after 12 months on the road, which amounts to an average net loss of $11,525. Like all the cars on this list, the sporty Regal is a better deal as a used car because of its steep depreciation curve.
11. Chrysler 300
Loses 31.7% of its original value after one year for an average net loss of $13,351.
10. Cadillac ATS
Loses 31.8% of its original value after one year for an average net loss of $6,099.