The Top 5 least depreciating cars
But there is some light at the end of that long tunnel as car sales website Adzuna.co.uk has just revealed the cars that devalue at the lowest rate.
There is better news still, as the list isn't just packed with rare supercars, there are some affordable runarounds that prove a shrewd investment.
Before you splash your hard earned cash on a new set of wheels, we'd advise you take a look at the following cars...
1. Smart Fourtwo
New Price (2009): £6,905 Used Price (2013): £5,905 Depreciation (%): 25.7
The dinky Smart's sawn-off dimensions are an acquired taste but they do mean you can park it in the tiniest spaces. Despite its small size, there's plenty of safety kit including stability control, plus driver and passenger airbags. The Smart should prove cheap to run too, as all models are capable of over 50mpg, with emissions as low as 86g/km. Downsides are the hard ride, meager standard equipment on entry-level Pulse models and the far from engaging drive.
2. Volkswagen Polo
New Price (2009): £8,685 Used Price (2013): £7,409 Depreciation (%): 25.9
The Polo isn't as much fun to drive as some other models in the supermini class, but few rivals can match the badge for build quality. The Volkswagen's classy interior, refined ride and secure handling stand it head and shoulders above competition. A safe choice, the Polo also scored an impressive 90% for adult safety in the recent Euro NCAP crash tests.
3. Audi R8
New Price (2009): £79,825 Used Price (2013): £63,081 Depreciation (%): 32.1
Okay, so it might not have a Porsche or Ferrari badge on it but that doesn't make the capable R8 any less of a supercar. Go for either the V8 or V10 engines and there's all the performance you'll ever need, along with an impressive soundtrack. However, it's not just the R8's speed that impresses, this German supercar stops and handles equally well. The Audi is also surprisingly easy to drive and practical, too.
4. Ferrari F430
New Price (2009): £168,967 Used Price (2013): £131,686 Depreciation (%): 33.2
Superseded in 2010 by the 458 Italia, the F430 continues to be popular with buyers due to the surprising amounts of grip and blistering performance. Go for the paddle shift gearbox to make the most of the engine and you'll have one of the closest things to a road-going F1 car. The 483bhp, mid-mounted 4.3-litre V8 is an effortless performer, but you'll pay at the pumps with an average fuel consumption figure of just 15.4mpg.
5. Nissan Qashqai
New Price (2009): £14,100 Used Price (2013): £10,843 Depreciation (%): 34.2
The Qashqai is the car that started the crossover revolution of recent times. The reason for its popularity is its chunky off-roader looks, a spacious and practical interior and high levels of standard equipment. It's feeling slightly dated now, but don't let that put you off, as it is a great family car that holds its value. We just wish the boot was bigger and there was less body roll.