7 Cars Buyers Cannot Wait to Trade In

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On average, a new car buyer in the United States keeps the car for more than 11 years. It is rare for a buyer to turn around and sell that new car after just one year. Only about 2.7% of new cars sold in model year 2014 were sold after just one year of ownership.

Even with that low turnover percentage, there were seven 2014 models that got dumped at even higher rates after just one year. Automotive research website analyzed 5 million new 2014 model year cars sold between September 2013 and March 2014, and then checked back one year later to see what percentage of those cars were sold as used with 10,000 to 15,000 miles on the odometer.

Here are the seven cars that owners could not wait to sell:

Nissan Frontier. A total of 6.9% of the midsize pickup trucks were resold by their original buyers after just one year of ownership. That is 2.6 times the average rate of 2.7%. At the Kelley Blue Book (KBB) website, the 2014 king cab version of the truck has 156 consumer reviews and an overall rating of 8.6 out of a possible 10. The Frontier’s MSRP is $23,435.

Chevrolet Cruze. Some 7.2% of Chevy Cruze buyers dump the car after just a year of ownership. That is 2.7 times the average rate. The compact sedan was named to KBB’s 2014 list of 10 best sedans costing less than $25,000, and it has received 472 ratings at KBB and an overall rating of 8.4. The Cruze carries an MSRP of $18,345.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This may be a bit of a shocker: 7.4% of the 2014 C-Class cars were resold after just one year. That is 2.8 times average rate of 2.7%. A car with an MSRP of more than $36,000 that has 287 consumer ratings and an overall score of 9.2 is one that buyers cannot wait to sell? KBB’s experts rate the C-Class at an overall 7.3, so there might be a disconnect here.

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