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This week, valuation specialist CAP released its latest list of the cars which best hold their value on the second-hand market.

Among the top-performing cars were models from manufacturers long noted for their lack of depreciation, with the Audi Q5 and Skoda Yeti taking the first and second spots respectively.

But third place on the list was a more surprising entry in the shape of the Abarth 500 - the sporty, jazzed-up version of Fiat's 500 city car.

Fiats are not generally known for holding their value, but CAP reported that the Abarth 500 resells at 60 per cent of its original list price.

Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth in the UK, said that building long-term value into the brand has always been one of the company's objectives.

"A sustainable cost of ownership is something we have always been able to offer Abarth drivers," he said.

Buyers of the 500, whether the Abarth version of the car or the regular model, may find investing in Fiat spare parts to keep their motor in top condition will help them to get the best price possible when it comes time to sell it on.