Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 13:41:52 GMT
From: (Jeremy Sholovitz)
Subject: Re: SAAB depreciation?

I will have to agree with BB below. I have been the proud owner of an '89 900 for nearly three years, and the thought of selling it has not even crossed my mind. If something goes wrong, I fix it. Period. I really like the car, and don't see a reason to trade it in, sell it, or otherwise part company at any specific time. If I could live a "the world according to Jeremy," I would simply keep the car basically forever. So I feel that depreciation, trade-in, and retail value only matter if you want to get rid of your car. At least for me, this is not a consideration. I own the Saab because I think it is a great automobile. Period. --jeremy (and Lucy, his trusty 1989 Saab 900) On Sun, 07 Jun 1998 02:17:30 -0400, Billie Bob <> wrote: >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 <> 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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