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Cars that are resold within a year

It's always exciting to take the keys to a new car for the first time. That romance doesn't always last, though, and some cars are passed on to their next owners rather quickly. Automotive research firm ISeeCars has taken a look at the cars that are most likely to be resold within in a year, and crunched some of the numbers surrounding the heartbreaking turnaround.

You might be surprised that European luxury cars dominate this list. ISeeCars cites a disappointment from owners who opt for lower trim levels, not getting the level of luxury they expected. Sometimes, though, automakers incentivize dealers to purchase used cars as loaners, which could help to explain why so many owners give them up.

On the other end, some budget cars show up on the list, too, providing an even greater value to second owners. Either way, savvy shoppers can often score one of these nearly new vehicles at a hefty discount, with the vast majority of them commanding a much greater markdown than the average year-old used car.

Click through the list to see which cars are most likely to be ditched quickly by their first owners, and what sort of deal you could score if you're looking to pick up the pieces.

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Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa sedan sees its fair share of year-one resales, at 8.7 percent. The Versa is the cheapest new car money can buy in 2019, which could explain why some folks want to be rid of the car sooner rather than later.

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Jaguar XF

The British are coming! Or … going, as it pertains to this list. A not insignificant 8.8% of Jaguar XF owners sold their sport sedan within the first year of ownership. Jaguar has never been known for stellar reliability, so high operating costs could be one of the reasons to back out quickly.

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Nissan Versa Note

The third car on the list is the last "budget" car on this list, especially compared to the high-turnover German cars you'll soon see. 9% of them are resold within a year. The average new price is $16,606, but the second owner can usually pick it up for discount of 20.2 percent.

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BMW X3

The first BMW on this list is the X3, with a year-one turnover of 9%. BMW recently added an X3 M model to the crossover's lineup, but it's the normal X3 we're talking about here. This crossover is extremely popular, but some folks just aren't hanging onto them for very long after purchasing.

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BMW X1

BMW has the most models on this list with three in total. The fact that two of them are popular crossovers is interesting, and 10.4% of X1 owners dump their vehicles within a year. Below-average reliability ratings could be hurting these luxury Germans.

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Mini Clubman

Mini didn’t have a car on this list last year, but it joins in 2019 with the long, wagon-like Clubman. A total of 10.7% of owners ditched their Clubmans within a year, which is surprising given the enthusiasm Mini owners typically have for the brand. The Clubman is definitely on the funkier side of things with its barn doors in the rear, and owners may tire of the high payment (it's the most expensive vehicle in its class, according to iSeeCars) when the novelty wears off.

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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

The Evoque is a style statement, with a sloping roofline that compromises the view out the back. High running costs combined with future poor reliability as projected by J.D. Power could be a couple of the factors leading to 10.9% of folks saying goodbye to their Evoque within a year.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport

A Land Rover takes the next spot, too. The Discovery Sport is on the cheaper side of things when it comes to the British SUV brand. iSeeCars references the same reasons as the Evoque as being responsible for the 11.8% rate at which owners sell inside the first year: high running costs and poor predicted reliability.

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BMW 3 Series

The 3 Series is the third BMW on the list of cars owners ditch early. 11.8% of BMW 3 Series and up sold as used cars within a year of their initial purchase as a new car. BMW completely redesigned the 3 Series sedan for the 2019 model year, but this isn't the 3 Series people are getting rid of ... yet.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Coming in as the most given-up car within the year is another German luxury sedan. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class averages $49,042 new, but just $39,406 less than a year later. 12.4% of owners give it up early.

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