Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 02:17:30 -0400
From: Billie Bob <shaft42nopsame.rr.com>
Subject: Re: SAAB depreciation?


I am with my '89 900 for the long haul!!! have only owned it for a year, yet I know that I will have it for a long time. I hope that more owners of SAABs realise what great cars they are! bolis wrote: > On Thu, 21 May 1998 12:33:17 -0700, RED <davharnopsamnet.net> wrote: > > >Alex Bilyk wrote: > >> > >> Hello SAAB folks, > >> > >> Why SAAB depreciation is so turbo-quick? I checked pricies (Edmund's) on > >> 1996 900 models and their cost is almost a half of what 1998 cost. It's > >> really unlike other European makes. I don't get it. Any thoughts? > >> > >> Thanks, > >> > >> AB > > > >I am leasing my third SAAB, and this has definitely been a concern of > >mine. I've been told that it's not that the car falls apart or becomes > >less reliable more rapidly than other makes. It's more a case that SAABs > >don't appeal to a very large market. Now maybe that's an advantage in > >some ways. But it's like this: If you went out and asked every Chevy > >driver you saw if they'd like to own a BMW, the vast majority would say, > >Yeah! Gimme! If you asked the same group about a SAAB, most would say, > >Huh? After you told or reminded them what a SAAB is, many might say, > >Ain't that one o' them weird-lookin' cars. Anyway, the point is, most > >wouldn't go seeking out a SAAB if they suddenly could afford a nice car. > > > >That, as I understand is a principal reason for SAABs' depreciation. The > >other reason I've heard--and this one I'm more skeptical of--is that a > >larger fraction of SAAB owners are buying for long-term ownwership, > >compared to owners of other makes. SAABs, except for convertibles, have > >not often been "fad" cars. (Note the high resale value of the > >convertibles.) This factor presumably limits the market even further. I > >think this factor, though, might have been in effect more like ten years > >ago. Today, all cars are so damned expensive, that there should always > >be a market for good used ones. > > > >This depreciation/lease problem is getting bad enough that I probably > >will not lease (or buy) another SAAB when my lease expires in January. > >I'll have to look for cars that retain more value in order to get an > >affordable lease. > > Could not have agreed more... > > Lorusso

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