Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 21:42:47 -0700
From: "Kenneth  Ferguson" <>
Subject: Re: Buying as a Tourist

I bought two Saabs in Europe over the last three years while stationed there in the military. The setup is very similar to tourist sales. they are US specification cars at fixed prices that you can drive in Europe, then turn it back in and they will ship it to the US. In the military program, they only go to a port, not to a dealership. The prices were significantly less than US sticker prices, very close to dealer invoice. When I got them back to the states, you get the balance of the US warranty on the car. In Europe the warranty was only one year, but you can't drive it that long in the tourist program anyway. You will have to pay sales tax on the car depending on where you register it. The advantage is that you might get a small tax break because now the car is "used" and has a lower taxable value when you have driven it in Europe and put miles on it. If you are thinking about a vacation in Europe and buying a Saab, I would recommend it. I don't think the price break is worth it if you only want to buy a car cheaper. Airfare, food and lodging will eat up the difference you would pay to a US dealer. Driving my 99 9-5 from southern Spain up to Germany was a real blast- nowhere in America can you average 100 mph for six hours. Good luck in whatever you choose. Ken Ferguson 96 900 SE 99 9-5 SE

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