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New Cars With Terrible Depreciation

The typical new car loses about 20% of its value after the first 12 months of ownership. The best models will only lose about 5-10%, but on the other hand, some vehicles can lose as much as 35%.

Forbes this week created a list of the 12 worst cars when it comes to first-year depreciation. The Fiat 500L ranked worst, with a drop in value of 34.6%. See the full list below to see which new vehicles you may want to avoid (or at least get a huge discount on).

As always, if you're shopping for a new car right now, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to quickly see the best deals being offered in your area.

12 New Cars With the Worst Depreciation

Vehicle% Loss$ Loss
Buick Regal31.20%$11,525
Chrysler 30031.70%$13,351
Cadillac ATS31.80%$16,099
Fiat 50031.90%$11,106
Jaguar XF32.30%$19,996
Lincoln MKZ33.80%$14,177
Nissan Maxima34.00%$12,469
Mercedes Benz C25034.30%$15,247
Kia Cadenza34.30%$12,940
Volvo S6034.40%$14,020
Lincoln MKS34.50%$16,039
Fiat 500L34.60%$8,096

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About The Author

Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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