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Seems like every time we're looking at selling a car, we always end up with little more than a couple thousand in credit at the dealership for our next vehicular purchase. It just doesn't seem fair making three to five years worth of insanely high payments — and then basically get nothing back. Well, maybe it's because of the cars we've been buying. According to JD Power & Associates Power Information Network's (PIN) retained value measurement — the compact vehicle segment garnered a 9.1% increase in their April 2005/2006 comparison — and it's the 17th straight month with a recorded increase in value. The PIN retained value rating measures a vehicles depreciation by taking the value of a used car at sale by the transaction prices of the car three years earlier new. Our old car in the full-size vehicle segment — a sucky 1.8%. Dagnabit!

PIN: Compacts Continue Retained Value Run [Auto Remarketing]

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