Lately when I was looking for a used car to buy cheaply, I actually was looking for cars that had the worse residual values. I figured that since I only had about 3 grand to spend, I wanted to get the most "bang for the buck" so to speak.
I know I could have gone with a cheap older small Toyota, etc, but I really didn't want one of those plain jane cars.
I wanted a big luxurous car that was reasonably reliable (I knew I was going to be giving up some reliabltiy at times but I figured since I have been a DIY for quite a long time, I could afford it). The cars that I really wanted such as a nice older lexus, older caddy with the northstar motor (I would NEVER touch a caddy with the 4.1/4.5/4.9 motors), etc, were just way out of my price range. I also do not like the look of any older GM luxury car other than the caddy's. I liked the lincoln contential however it has a horrible resale due to his really really bad history with the airbag suspension and the poor trannys (worse than the LH cars), and the motors which blow head gaskets. I then was trying to figure out which car would be a nice luxury car that looked newer and had a bad resale value (cheap to me).
I found that the Infiniti q45's (early models) had a very bad resale value but I would have to go to with a very high milage model such as 170k miles or so. I then looked some more and the only models that I could find that really appealed to me were the Chrysler LHS sedans. Cheap with moderate mileage and parts are plentiful and they are much better looking than any of the GM and Ford offerings from around that time period.
Thats why I think that the top 10 list that the trep is on is not a really bad list to be on. Yeah it sucks if you bought a 1 or 2 year old car, but if you are looking to buy used, that low residual is great.