Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 08:37:11 GMT
From: "Kevin Nolan" <ksnolannopsamast.net>
Subject: Re: Buying  new 2001 9-5


Yes Dave - this was for a new car. Saab's pricing strategy is unique in that the manufacturer provides the dealer with steep discounts ($5,000 on the 9-5 last fall) from which you can begin your negotiations. Also, you will find that Saab is criticized for low resale value after 2 to 4 years. This is because the resale value is measured as a percentage of MSRP. If you reduce the MSRP by the manufacturers discount (offered by Saab on a frequent basis) you will find that Saab resale value is comparable to other vehicles in it's class. Note that even at the $28,700 that I paid for my new Saab, the dealer still made between $400 - $700 profit (you'll have to trust me on how it is that I know that). Kevin "Dave" <DGreenburgnopsamcom> wrote in message news:4aeda9b8.0203141728.d15666enopsaming.google.com... > Thanks to all who responded to my inquiry. This is all helpful info, > as I need to act soon if I'm going to do this. > > Kevin- that sounds like an amazing price for your car. Am I correct > in assuming that it was new? The price is below even the private > party sales prices for a used 2001! Inspires me to think about going > for the '01 aero, which I thought was probably out of reach (sticker > of $43k). > > - Dave > > "Kevin Nolan" <ksnolannopsamast.net> wrote in message news:<1MVj8.372189$Aw2.30797296nopsam.nnrp.aus1.giganews.com>... > > Dave, > > I can give you my experience. I bought a 2001 9-5 on Sept 26, 2001. The > > sticker price was $38,810 and my purchase price was $28,700. I think that is > > about as good a price as you can get. The 2002 models did not arrive in the > > showroom until late November. Saab is always very late in making the current > > year model available. Not a big deal but it's different than many other car > > makers. If your dealer still has 2001 models available, he should be willing > > to deal to make room for more 2002's. However, you need a different > > approach. Do not ask your dealer what price he wants you to pay for the car. > > Tell him what price you will pay him to take it off his hands. You should be > > able to get a 2001 for atleast $10K off sticker in order to insulate > > yourself from the high depreciation that Saab's experience after the first > > three years. If you can't get a significant discount off list then I would > > suggest you look for an Aeor coming off lease or wait until the fall (when > > Saab traditionally has huge incentives) and go for a 2002 model. > > > > For the roughly $1,500 difference, I prefer the 4 cyl over the 6cyl even > > though the 6 cyl is a little smoother during acceleration. Good luck with > > your search. > > > > KSN 3/13 > > > > "Dave" <DGreenburgnopsamcom> wrote in message > > news:4aeda9b8.0203131549.71508481nopsaming.google.com... > > > I want a 9-5 wagon, and the local dealer has some new 2001's which may > > > actually put them in my price range. A couple of questions: First, > > > what is the model year cycle for the 9-5? I figured that the 2003's > > > can't be too far off, making the 2001's fairly stale and worth less. > > > Dealer says he's only recently been getting 2002's, and that the 9-5 > > > model year runs late (unlike many other European cars, where the new > > > model year can start during the summer). Second, while I'd really > > > like an Aero, color and cost may limit me to an SE with the V-6. > > > Isn't the V-6 a GM design, rather than a Saab design? A GM turbo > > > makes me nervous. Has the V-6 been as reliable as the 2.3? Finally, > > > how does one determine a fair price for a new 2001? Its a new car, > > > but it is a 1 or 1 1/2 year old used car the minute I take the keys. > > > Dealer has said it will be "a couple of grand below invoice" but > > > according to my research, the prices for comparably equipped models > > > have actually gone down from 2001 to 2002 (Aero invoice is around > > > $1800 less for 2002!), so much of that savings could evaporate as > > > compared to negotiating a good deal on a 2002. > > > > > > Thnaks for any help/ideas. > > > > > > -Dave > > >

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