But believe it or not, there are NEW wheels out there that can love you back just a year later. And top of that pile comes Volkswagen’s California
. Punishing to buy new, the 2.0 California TDI BlueMotion Tech Beach 150 five-door DSG might be stickered at £44,022, but with depreciation at a mere 3%, a one year-old model with 10,000 miles will sell for £42,750. So it would cost you £1,272 for the year’s motoring, or just 12p per mile in depreciation. VW Transporter values elsewhere, are also robust.
In the meanwhile, keep your radar switched on for models most likely to bomb once they’ve reached your driveway. Researchers at Auto Express
has assembled a rogue’s gallery earlier this year for the priciest lessons, asking how much they’re worth after 36 months. Here they are in ascending levels of pain, with the percentage of value you retain. Our only caveat is that, if you’re seeking a cut-price new-used model, these are going for a song…