Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 03:34:39 GMT
From: Dan <dangillnopsamtspamme.nortel.com>
Subject: Re: Canadian pricing?


Last August I bought a 2001 9-5 Wagon. Regardless of what the dealer will say about the "Saturn No Dicker" Policy, when it comes down to closing the deal they will find a way to "bend" the rules. In our case, we negotiated before letting them know we had a trade ... at the same time I took our trade in car to the other Saab dealer (there are two in Ottawa) to determine just how much they would give. Much to my surprise they were willing to offer quite a bit more than the book value ... my '97 Sunfire GT caught me aprox. $12000.00 on the trade. Another area to work with is the options, our dealer included every option we asked for in the price of the car. This includes the Classic Leather, Sunroof, Cargo Mats, Mud Flaps, and Pet Partitions (for the wagon) and a few other minor add-ons. Total value aprox. $4500.00 ~ $5000.00 . Finally, you can probably take off a couple of percent from the total value of the car or work in extended warrenty coverage and they should go for it. Just go in well researched, have a certified cheque with the amount you are willing to pay already made out, and start. Remind them that if they are not interested in your cheque, some other dealer would be. They come around quickly. I am not aware of any incentives. Financing was an option but the rate was > 7%. We bought the car outright which may also have given us a bit of leverage. One other thing, if the car you want is not on the lot, be prepared to wait. It took 14 weeks for our car to go through the line and get shipped here. Best of luck. If you have any questions, email me back (remove the anti-spam portion from my email address). Dan. RAK wrote: > I had a '96 900SE that was totalled in an accident last year. It was > purchased through the Saturn/Saab/Izusu used car programme in Southern > Ontario which means no negotiation on price. > I'm finally ready to buy again and, as well as looking at used, want to > consider buying new this time (Damn, I loved that car!) and have a few > questions (I did search the Saabnet archive with no luck): > a) Is price negotiable on new models or do they follow the Saturn "no > dicker" policy? > b) If so, how much can I reasonably expect to negotiate off the asking > price? If not, why not? They must be making a killing then because it looks > to me like they're charging list. > c) What about incentives like the ones available in the U.S. mentioned in > postings here a few days ago? I can't find anything except a 1.9% lease > rate on the 9-3 5 door only (not available on the SE). Again, if not, does > anybody know why not? > I'd be interested in hearing any other comments anybody has on buying a new > Saab in Canada. > > Thanks, > RAK

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