People have been talking about weather it’s a good idea to buy a used Saab right now with uncertainty surrounding the brand. In some cases, people have even held off purchasing a used Saab because of fears that are based on assumptions. People are for one are worried about parts, but parts will always be there as it is a profitable business, no matter what happens to Saab. Whatever fears may be, there are some really interesting facts when you explore the market place.
Let’s look at the facts now about used car prices in the market place. Now, remember that I am in Canada so I will be comparing Canadian pricing. On MSN auto’s I was looking at what they were saying was the competition for the 9-3 and from that list I took the least expensive cars. Yes they compared with Volvo and Audi, but we know that and the price differences would be much greater. I took the least expensive cars to show the value in a used Saab and I used the 2008 model year because there is typically no warranty left on the cars we are comparing with. So let’s look at what I found.
First is a 2008 Acura TSX that they have listed as a competitor. I searched the autorader.ca website and found a 2008Acura TSX for $28900 and it has 56199kms. Comes with a 2.4 litre I4 engine giving 205hp. This vehicle has a 5 star crash rating in all but one category.
The second competitor is listed as the 2008 Nissan Maxima and I found one for $25995 with 51746kms. This vehicle comes with a 3.5L V6 engine putting out 255hp. The Maxima has 4 star crash rating in most categories.
Finally was the 2008 Toyota Avalon and when I searched that I found one at $24888 with only 69967kms. 3.5L V6 is the standard engine in this car giving 268hp. Very nice car, has 5 star crash ratings. Overall rated quite high by the MSN Auto’s folks.
Now’s the best part, when searching for a Saab 9-3 to compare with, I came across a couple of 2008 Turbo X’s. The highest priced of the two was $26908 and the lower priced was $25988 with only 55500kms. The Turbo X also has a 6cyl engine and is so much fun to drive. The Saab has a 2.8L V6 engine giving 280hp. We have a 4 star crash rating.
What strikes me when I’m looking at prices and comparable vehicles is that most of the others are very plain and boring looking cars in my opinion. I want a car that is going to be fun to drive and appealing to the eye, for a price that is fair and doesn’t break the bank. Even if you took a 9-3 2.0T and I saw some priced in the low 20’s, it’s a heck of a buy when you do the comparison of what you get for your money. Another variable for me if I were looking for a new slightly used car would be the ownership experience. I have to say that when I see more than one Saab owner in the same place and the conversations that are had, the smiles when talking about turbo, Saab is so much more than just a car and is something that people want to be a part of. Saab owners are different, they are drivers that love to drive their cars, something that I have not experienced in talking to the owners of the above mentioned cars.
To wait or not to wait is the question. I would say that waiting to buy a used Saab is not the way to go. Product stock for used Saab’s is already scarce and dealers are going further out of their area to purchase used Saab’s for inventory. Personally our store located in Surrey, BC, Canada has gone as far as Texas to get inventory. As much as new Saab’s move slowly, we have never had a problem selling used Saab’s and on average are selling 4-5 used Saab’s per month and currently have 9 used Saab’s in stock. That being said, now would be the time to buy a used Saab if you find what you like. Don’t wait and then not be able to find the car you truly wanted or have to settle for something else that won’t put that turbo smile on your face.