Date: 2 May 2003 21:30:12 GMT
Subject: Re: Saab Depreciation: Greater than most?

Someone who looks an awful lot like Globaldisc <globaldiscnopsamcom> wrote: > Been watching Saabs on Ebay for awhile...recently saw a '95 900s 2-Door w/60K > go for less than $5K, a '98 w/78K 4-Door go for $6,800. OK, I don't expect > Saabs to retain their value like BMW or MB....however these numbers reflect > deprection that's even greater than what you see in an Audi. What is it with > the second hand/used Saab?...maintenance costs/mechanic/part availability > contributing to the equation here? Well, some of it is the nature of eBay (people pay more for a car they can try before they agree to buy it), I'm sure. It really depends, I feel, on how long you want to keep your car. If you're buying new and going to trade it in in 3 years (or are leasing), you take a huge depreciation hit. Not sure how that compares to MB and BMW, I would think it's in the same neighborhood. The good news is, you get a 3 year old car from a lease or someone who wants the newest/shiniest car, and you get a car that's good for several hundred thousand more miles, and another decade if you choose to keep it that long. Parts & labor are, from what I know, comparable. For me, it just means that a 3-year tradein is the best bargain. Dave Hinz

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