These Are the Best Cars to Buy Slightly Used, Instead of New

Grabbing any of these one-year-old cars could save you big money over buying factory-fresh.

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Depreciation can be a royal pain in the tuchus if you're buying a new car. After all, the average car loses 17 percent of its value in the first year of its life; weigh that against the average new car transaction price of around $40,000, and that's $6,800 that just evaporated over 12 months, spent on the privilege of having a vehicle with seats undisturbed by the farts of past owners.

And that's just the average. Many cars lose more than that 17 percent in that first year — and, to add insult to injury, the cars suffering from steeper initial depreciation are often among the more expensive models to begin with. (Just ask anyone who held onto a 12-cylinder German car for half a decade or more.)

So, having already shown you the cars that you absolutely should buy new instead of lightly used, we at the Gear Patrol Motoring desk now bring you the converse: the cars you should buy pre-owned as one-year-old used cars instead of new ones.

The 15 cars here all, according to iSeeCars.com, suffer the greatest depreciation over their first year in their original owners' hands. Choosing a low-mileage, one-year-old version of any of these cars can save you big.

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1. BMW 5 Series
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Percent Drop: 36.4%

Price Difference: $24,207

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2. Hyundai Sonata
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Hyundai

Percent Drop: 36.1%

Price Difference: $9,898

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3. Infiniti Q50
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Infiniti

Percent Drop: 34.9%

Price Difference: $16,322

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4. Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
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Mitsubishi

Percent Drop: 31.6%

Price Difference: $8,041

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5. Ford Mustang
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Ford

Percent Drop: 31.0%

Price Difference: $13,422

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6. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
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Mercedes-Benz

Percent Drop: 30.9%

Price Difference: $13,562

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7. Infiniti Q60
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Infiniti

Percent Drop: 30.9%

Price Difference: $16,944

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8. Nissan Sentra
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Nissan

Percent Drop: 30.2%

Price Difference: $6,209

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9. BMW 3 Series
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BMW

Percent Drop: 29.7%

Price Difference: $15,266

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10. Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
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Mercedes-Benz

Percent Drop: 29.5%

Price Difference: $13,420

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11. Mitsubishi Mirage G4
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Mitsubishi

Percent Drop: 29.2%

Price Difference: $4,781

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12. Cadillac XT5
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Percent Drop: 28.7%

Price Difference: $14,851

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13. Hyundai Santa Fe
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Hyundai

Percent Drop: 28.7%

Price Difference: $9,061

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14. GMC Yukon XL
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GMC

Percent Drop: 27.8%

Price Difference: $22,639

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15. Kia Sorento
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Kia

Percent Drop: 27.3%

Price Difference: $8,489

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