Date: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 09:04:55 GMT
From: "adrian c" <acolombininopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Is Saab's Reliability a thing of the Past?

> > What's worse is to blame a car company for the quality of their > used cars. That makes no sense. Not only has Saab not seen the > car in many years, but I can't believe you have enough faith in > your fellow man to be certain that he's taken good care of a car. > It just doesn't happen. > > Saab Reliability does not mean used cars are as good as new. A > car is only as good as the treatment it gets from its owners. When > buying a used car, ESPECIALLY from a dealer, you've got no contact > with the owner, and no guarantee what that car has been through. > To buy a car because a dealer tells you it's in good shape, or > because it looks like its in good shape is foolish. To do it > twice in a row is stupid. To do it twice in a row and blame a > company that had little or nothing to do with it is virtually > libelous. What absolute twoddle (for your definition read rubbish) A well manufactured car will have longevity, which may be affected by driver abuse. However this will be picked up by the factory trained service agents (yes they do see the car after it is sold). This in turn reinforces the used values and perceptions, a la Mercedes & Volvo. If a Saab dealer is selling a used car then it must have been fully inspected and should therefore be trustworthy. If a saab dealer is incapable of seeing something wrong with a car or worse of diagnosing it then they should not be in that business. > > -Justin >

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