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Psst: Looking for a really good used car? Here are some hints

Any number of factors determine the resale value of a car: color, optional equipment, and model scarcity, among others. As you might imagine, however, reliability is a major consideration. So say the folks who produce the annual Kelley Blue Book, the "bible" of automotive pricing guides. They say the average car in the US loses 65 percent of its original cost over the first five years, while the dependable models on their list sell for about half the original sticker price. (That is, if they've been maintained well and not driven more than 15,000 miles a year.) The cars – by type – whose base sticker price was no more than $60,000 that have the highest resale value, according to the Kelley Blue Book:

Sedan Acura TSX
Coupe Honda Civic
Convertible MINICooper
Station wagon VW Passat
Hatchback MINICooper
Luxury BMW 5-Series
Pickup truck Toyota Tacoma
SUV Acura MDX
Minivan Honda Odyssey
Hybrid Toyota Prius

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