When we buy a new car, we can do everything within our power to make sure we get one which will do plenty of miles to the gallon, and travel several times round the world before requiring serious rebuilding. However, there's another massive cost of car ownership we often overlook - depreciation.
If you ever want to sell your car on, you need something that won't shed value from the day you drive it off the forecourt, and will fetch something reasonable in the used car market. So which are the models to avoid if you're worried about re-sale value?
Used car search website Motors.co.uk has identified the cars that retained their value the least over the past year.
Toyota AvensisA popular family car, the Toyota Avensis is a common sight on the school run across the UK. A year ago, one of these popular cars would have set you back £19,174 on average. The value of the same car now has fallen by a massive 28% and is worth around £13,858.
Ford C-MAXThe C-Max is one of the newer additions to the Ford family, and an ever popular car among families across the UK. But beware, as it has the drawback of an amazingly high depreciation value. On average, a new model costs just over £15,417 just over a year ago – and the same car is now worth £11,273. That's a massive 27% drop.
Peugeot 308The newer model of the 307, the 308 slots in behind with a 26% depreciation since December 2010. An average model of this curvy number costing £13,763 is now on the market for £10,181.
Renault Grand ScenicAnother French manufacturer and this ever popular motor typically sees an average 24% drop in price. You can bet it won't hold its value, with a car worth £15,915 a year ago now worth £12,177 on average on the used car market.
Renault ClioFrench cars are making a clean sweep of the top five, with the Renault Clio seeing an average 23% depreciation, with a new motor costing £11,124 a year ago, now worth £8,568.
Alfa Romeo - 159If you're thinking of purchasing an Alfa Romeo 159 brand new, you should steel yourself for a shock. With a 23% drop in value in just one year, a model worth £21,708 in December 2010 is now worth only £16,779.
Ford MondeoA favourite in the UK, but the Mondeo simply does not hold its weight in terms of value. Just behind the French cars with discouraging 22% value loss, a model worth around £17,716 just 12 months ago is now worth around £13,739.
Fiat PuntoAnother small car, with a 22% drop in price in a year. A model which set its owner back around £10,749 in December last year would now fetch an unimpressive £8,382.
Kia SorentoThe Sorrento comes in last in the top ten, as a £27,142 model from 2010 has dropped 22% to £21,216 in a year.
If you are looking to buy new, this list may give you some pause for thought. After-all, who wants to see the value of their car crash 25% or more in a year?
However, if you are looking to buy nearly-new, this list could offer some hope. There are family cars, small cars and sleeker Italian jobs. They will, of course, continue to depreciate. But if you are willing to buy a car that's just one year old, you could stand to save a substantial slice off the list price.
So what do you think? Are you tempted? Let us know in the comments.