Every brand's fastest-depreciating car

Depreciation is usually the biggest cost of running a car. And these are the models from each brand which lose their value fastest of all...

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It's a sad fact that the second your drive a new car away from the showroom, it begins to shed pounds and pence in value. This effect is known as depreciation, and it's often overlooked when buyers are deciding which car to buy.

Of course, there are lots of other factors to consider when choosing a new car, such as fuel economy, servicing and road tax, but keeping an eye on how much value your car will retain over the years means you're likely to get more of your money back when it comes to selling.

It's also worth remembering that if you're buying used, then a car which depreciates fast is good news, because it means you'll pay less to own it in the first place.

Here, we've used our latest resale values data to reveal the model from each brand which will lose the most value over a typical ownership period – three years and 36,000 miles. All figures are based on a typical example, and as always, you can follow the links to learn more about each car featured here, as well as see our latest deals.