Saab Buyer’s Guide – Navigating the Used Car Market
Getting your hands on the perfect Saab can be a difficult task. Between owners that don’t want to part with their cars and misleading Craigslist posts, a Saab enthusiast faces many challenges in the pursuit of turbo-charged performance and Scandinavian design. There are several tools and techniques available to help a potential buyer face these challenges.
Know Your Price
As with any purchase decision, it pays to do your research. Using online vehicle valuation sites such as Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds will help give an accurate picture of what your desired model is worth. Be sure to factor in geography and condition while doing your research. In addition to knowing the value of the Saab you’re searching for, it’s also important to know how much you are willing to spend. A rule of thumb from negotiators is to have a target price and a price ceiling. The target price is how much you’d like to spend, while a price ceiling is highest price that you would pay for that Saab. You can set your ceiling by thinking of a price that you would not be willing to pay a dollar over. This can be especially difficult when your dream Saab is on the line.
Know Your Area
This may sound simple, but it can be even easy to miss resources in your own backyard. Finding your closest Saab Official Service Center could lead to your next Saab purchase. These certified professionals may have Saabs in stock, or know of owners in the area who are looking to sell. Is there a Saab Owners Club in your area? These proud owners could be a great network to help you find the car you’ve been searching for, maybe even in the next town over. They’ll understand your passion, and probably wow you with their own.
Know Your Limits
Much like understanding your target price and your maximum, it is also important to know what you need from a vehicle. Is a moon roof a must? Or do you need a specific color? Determine your requirements early in order to avoid on the spot decisions. How much work are you willing to put in to restore your vehicle? Is it going to need maintenance soon? Be sure to factor in the cost of visiting a service center into the price when purchasing an inexpensive “fixer upper.” How far are you willing to travel to inspect your Saab? The further you widen your search the better chance you have of finding a vehicle that matches the one you’ve been picturing driving for months.