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7 Cars That Are Getting Orphaned After the Initial Year

If you’re among those unlucky car owners that have had to get rid of their new car after only a year or so of servitude – then you’ll probably know what I’m talking about here. Not every car is a great deal, and even fewer still are a great fit. There are many reasons why proud owners of new cars quickly become jaded when it comes to their 4-wheel pets. Sometimes the car is too expensive to maintain, while sometimes unreliability is the issue. Some other time the owner will jump into competitor’s wagon or change the segment altogether, and sometimes the car simply won’t measure up to his/hers standards. The list just goes on, but the end result is that the cars we’re about to mention further on end up in search for foster parents – or owners in this instance.

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People down at iSeeCars have decided to do some research on the topic. They have determined a sample of 5 million brand new 2014 model year cars sold between September 2013 and March 2014, and came back a year later to see which of them are still with their original owners. Results are not exactly good for the following vehicles since they have been sold at least two and a half times more than the national average suggests. Speaking about the national average, this unlucky event only strikes 2.7% of cars with less than year on the roads. Let’s take a closer look by hitting next.

7. Nissan Frontier

We’re starting with the Frontier. Nissan’s mid-size pickup truck has been one of the very few available choices in its niche before the resurrection of GM’s Canyonado duo. Japanese manufacturer’s designers and engineers alike have probably become lazy since Frontier hasn’t gone through a real redesign in over a decade. This might be the reason why 6.9% of Frontier’s owners have decided to opt out of the deal. Another reason might be pickup’s 20th century fuel efficiency, and even ever-decreasing resale values. It’s better to sell while there’s still time and buy something more in tune with the time we’re living in. Sadly, Nissan Frontier just doesn’t meet the requirements in its current state.

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6. Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze actually doesn’t represent a bad choice in small sedan department. It’s sleek, well-equipped and displays solid fuel efficiency. However, competition tends to beat it in most of these segments. Furthermore, the reason for 7.2% of people trading in their Cruze might lie in their newfound aspirations. After all, hardly anyone can resist the extra space a mid-size sedan or even crossover segments offer.

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5. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

German manufacturer has always featured great rides, but their smaller executive lineup seems to have taken a hit. What might be the problem? For starters, the sheer difference between entry-level models and top tier units is much greater than it is the case with family cars. Lower tier buyers have possibly felt deceived in a way, but that’s not all. Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class has recently been revamped, and some people have probably decided to jump in on the new models’ train. After all, new C-Class is larger and more refined than ever. In any case, 7.4% C-Class owners have decided to let go of their cars within a year’s time.

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4. Dodge Charger

When it comes to Charger, 7.7% of car’s newfound owners have decided to trade it in for something different. Reasons might be numerous, even though new Charger is one hell of a car. Well, that might just be one of the reasons. This modern muscle can be way too intimidating to some drivers, and its fuel efficiency isn’t exactly stellar. In any case, this isn’t the most practical car around which some of its owners figure out too late – it would seem.

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3. BMW X1

Well, we have already mentioned the possible reasons for trading in the German luxury when we talked about Mercedes-Benz C-Class. BMW X1 is just too small compared to most of other options out there, and its initial level of equipment leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe it’s not really surprising that 7.8% of X1 owners have decided to test different waters.

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2. Chevrolet Sonic

Sonic is definitely different than any other car on this list. Subcompact is highly fuel-efficient and more than affordable, but still 8.9% of its owners don’t want to stick around. Maybe it’s insufficient level of equipment and refinement, but they should have known better with a $15,000 car. Or maybe it’s competition which tends to beat Sonic in many departments important to these types of vehicles. Or maybe even the fact that larger used cars are bargains themselves.

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1. Buick Regal

Buick Regal is a good-looking car from the outside, but it just can’t compete against the Germans or Japanese luxury cars when it comes to interior refinement. Furthermore, Buick’s in-house competitors are making it even harder for Regal to make it out there. All in all, 10.7% of Regal’s original owners are not the Regal owners any more. Enough said.

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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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