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The Used Car Sweet Spot

• By Eric Peters

It's just a question of how much.

All new cars bleed value like the Titanic took on water after it hit the iceberg. Even the least-"leaky" ones, from brands with high resale value – Toyotas and Hondas, for instance.

Both make great cars – reliable, well-built, etc. But that's not the issue.

Depreciation is.

Even the cars which depreciate less horribly than others – those Toyotas and Hondas – still lose about 20 percent of their value during the first 12 months you own them. If you buy a new car for $35,000 – which is the average price paid for a new car – you can expect to take a $7,000 haircut on the car during that first year.