Date: 04 May 2003 02:09:09 GMT
From: globaldiscnopsamcom (Globaldisc)
Subject: Re: Saab Depreciation: Greater than most?

Frankly, I don't understand how people can buy things like cars at Ebay. ---------------- well i'm going to buy a 900S on ebay. 2 years ago i bought an '89 325i with a rolled back odometer! no kidding. i did not care because the previous owner had an engine rebuild 1 yr. prior, a tranny replacement 18 months prior...guy put in over $7K in the car over a 2 yr period.... before I bought it for $3K. it's been nothing but great....and i am giving it to my fiance as i want to return back to Saab driving. All you gotta do is buy smart...i.e., don't even consider a Saab w/100K that has not had its timing belt replaced and lacks the documentation the prove it! I don't need to drive a Saab before buying it if the proper docs tell me the story of that car. Another example...last week on Ebay a gorgeous '95 900s w/115K Convertible! sold for $5,001. The vehicle was solidly and well documented, the wholesalers selling even stated the clutch has got about 6K-7K more miles in it and it will then have to be replaced. They openly disclosed this and advised it be considered in your bidding (and I am sure it was). However I see this as a "good thing"....and you get into a great car and at least "know" your clutch is in "A" condition going forward after you've replaced it. IMO Saab is the ideal car to be used (as opposed to new) right at about 75K-110K in milage. 1). The first buyer ate/paid for all the advertising/marketing/transportation/sales cost of the car: 2). Saab owners tend to be quite responsible about maintanence and sticking to the manufacturer's schedule per the book, 3) The car unfairly depreciates making it a bargin at 75K-110K miles.

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