50 Cars That are Plummeting in Value


#36 – Mini Cooper

Class: City Car
Production: 1959-Present
Starting Price: $21,600+
Depreciation Rate: 29.3%

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First produced in the late 1950s when it became an icon of British pop culture, the Mini Cooper has stood the test of time over the last five decades with the industry voting it the second most influential car of the 20th century behind the Ford Model T. Designed for the British Motor Corporation by Sir Alec Issigonis as an affordable fuel-efficient car with room for four, the Mini Cooper has seen numerous variations over the years and was once a popular entry in the British racing circuit where the legendary John Cooper sat behind the wheel—hence the name, “Mini Cooper!”

Eventually making its way to American roads as a car filled with personality and feistiness, the Mini Cooper is one of the most popular compact vehicles on the market with a sticker price starting at $21,600. Despite Mini Cooper’s loyal band of followers, however, depreciation remains a harsh reality with 2016 models now worth 29.3% less than sticker price, which puts these adorable compact cars valued at $15,270 after only a year!