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I like doing all my research up front. Hence looking at the different versions of AWD, and problem areas, and what generation had what engine, so as to pick the "best" version (best blend of expected repairs, cost, ability/usage, mpg, perhaps a few other metrics).
I'm not sure how a well used vehicle would depreciate any faster as its initial depreciation, though; and I'm not shopping for off-brands anyhow. Ability to repair is important on anything old, and I have some distrust of some brands (getting parts or support).
2011 Camry 2.5L/6spd manual, 73kmiles
2010 Tundra 4.6L/auto/4x4/DC, 85kmiles
2004 VW Jetta Wagon TDi/5spd manual, 295kmiles