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Saab 9-3 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Hi. I just purchased a 2007 electric blue automatic areo convertible. It was
    driven 5000 miles by the owner's wife, has the balance of the warranty, and
    has been on the showroom floor since September '07. I've been looking at it
    since last summer. A few weeks ago, the salesman called me and told me they
    were taking an additional $2000 off for president's week. The deal I made totaled
    $15,0000 off the purchase price - $7,000 from Saab and $8,000 from the dealer.
    I sat down with the car salesman, he gave me a price of $38,600 including tax.
    I told him I couldn't go over $35,000 total. He came back in in about five minutes
    with a price of $35,600. (I may still get another $500 discount from going to a local
    auto show - we will be closing the deal in a week.) I told him I'd take the car for
    $35,600. I was so surprised at how much he came down in price and how easy
    the deal was to make. Now I'm wondering if I could have gotten more off if I
    played harder. What do you think? The car is just exactly what I've wanted for years. Judy
  • saablcpsaablcp Posts: 195
    First off....I.m not going to say what I think about the idea of finding "Exactly what I've wanted for years!"at a $15,000 discount and immediately second guessing your decision based on the possibility that the dealer was too accommodating and motivated to move a unit which has been on the Showroom floor for 5 months(which doesn't include the months they were paying floor plan interest on the car while the Dealers wife was driving it)!!!! I'll reserve saying how I feel about that approach to "The Art of the Deal"!...... Here's what you better clarify with your dealer.You state you are going to "close the deal "in a week".Presidents day cash expires on 02/29.Unless he is offering to report the car through G.M.'s retail delivery system on or before that date AND back date all your paperwork consistent with that 02/29 will not have the deal you think you are getting.That money will be gone .I don't know where you reside,however the only Auto Show cash I am currently aware of is that tied to the Philadelphia Auto Show and that also expires on 02/29. Just a heads up ...I think you had best contact your providing dealer and clarify these issues. Mostly I don't understand what you mean by saying you "just purchased" the car but you are closing the deal next week?
  • I signed my contract to purchase the vehicle on 2/15/08 showing the $15,000 off.
    I'm getting a home equity loan through my credit union. That takes 2 - 3 weeks.
    I'll actually be purchasing the car, closing this deal, March 4. So my paperwork does not need to be backdated. My salesman is going to report the car through GM's retail delivery system by the 29th, so we're covered. There is an auto show in my area that is also tied to the $500 rebate. I'm not second guessing my decision on buying a saab. It is what I have wanted. I believe I got a good deal. What made me question it is after the sale, I asked the salesman if these end of the year sales always had this much of a discount, and he said it's not unusual. So that's what made me wonder if I could have got more off, not to sound greedy, but I'd rather have the money in my pocket than theirs. I've never had a saab before, that's why I decided to ask this question on the saab forum.
  • saablcpsaablcp Posts: 195
    For you to clarify,but first ....Congratulations! You are going to love the car.I just leased a 2008 Aero 4 door and as an owner driving the car on a day to day basis I am much more aware of the cars qualities than I ever was doing 5 mile test drives with clients!The last point to clarify is I suggest you ask is: if when the owners wife took the car for her personal use did they report the car as being in "loaner car" service?This is a common practice as it qualifies the vehicle for an add'l. $2,000 rebate at time of retail sale.You buy the car at an equivalent lower price than a brand new car off the showroom floor,however the factory warranty started when the car was reported as a loaner car.This should be a point you get clarification on.If the owners wife was driving the car for the Summer of '07,prior to the car being put on display for sale as a leftover '07,you may have lost as much as 9 months or more off of your 48 month warranty.Mileage on the car at time of sale to you would also count against the 50k. allowance.
  • I know I'm going to love this car. I'm only going to have it on the road from mid
    April to mid November, then put my 4-runner back on the road. Yes, I did receive
    the $2,000 loaner discount, and I did know that the warranty period will be shorter.
    The salesman was great and very upfront about everything. I've bought several
    new cars (usually end of the model year), but this negotiation was by far the
    easiest one. It took all of ten minutes. Also, I do know a mechanic that works
    there - maybe that helped! Judy
  • I have a combi with roof rails. I should have bought without. Can the rails be removed easily when not in use? If so, how I do I cover up the attachment points?
  • Wanted to get a Saab 2.0T

    Audio system with Navigation
    Cold weather
    Moonroof package
    Premium package

    MSRP: $37,010.00

    There is 3500.00 rebate and an another 2000.00 incentive for buying.

    I was thinking of asking for 31,000.00

    Wanted to know what you all think of that price.

    Thank you.
  • saablcpsaablcp Posts: 195
    Where are you coming up with the figures of $5,500 in incentives?April dealer cash is $2, you have owner loyalty eligibility($1,000) the other $2,000 because the car is a dealer service loaner?
  • tom08tom08 Posts: 2
    In the process of purchasing new 2008 9-5 with visibility and paint. negotiated with dealer to 35.5K$ so far. However, given the cash back from manufacturer I am thinking the price should be ~1.25K$ less. MSRP is 39040 without destination. Invoice is 36740-$2500 for cash back= $34,240. So it looks like 35.5K$ is too high? Do all dealers get the cash back for all models? Is there any reason not to apply the cash back discount to the purchase price?
  • rgreene1rgreene1 Posts: 3
    Did you purchase your Saab from your local dealer (who did the national search), or from the dealer who had the car you wanted? If it was from your local dealer, was there some extra expense since your dealer served as a "middle man"?
    I'm asking because I may soon be in a similar situation with a Saab I want sitting across the country. Thanks.
  • tom08tom08 Posts: 2
    Used local dealer - car on the lot. Final price was~ 35K$- good luck!
  • elvis2kelvis2k Posts: 4
    I bought my car from a non-local dealer who found the car after doing a national search. There was an extra $250.00 expense to have the car trailered to them. I drove 2 hrs to sign the papers and pickup the car. My local Saab dealer was not interested in searching for the car I wanted. I guess they wanted to sell what was on their lot.
  • rgreene1rgreene1 Posts: 3
    Sorry for the confusion - -let me try again. Did you purchase your Saab from 1) the dealer who searched for and found the car you wanted, or 2) the dealer who originally had the car before it was trailered? If #1, then who bought the car from the dealer who originally held it? Hope this makes sense. Thanks.
  • elvis2kelvis2k Posts: 4
    I purchased the car from the dealer who located the car (in Cleveland).
    The car was trucked from another dealer (in Philly I think). I had to pay the shipping fee and a small deposit before the transfer happened.

    Nobody bought the car from the original dealer in Philly. Dealerships have arrangements where they can transfer stock to one another. Not sure what this involves for them (doesn't much matter to me). As I said, it cost a couple hundred to have the car shipped.

    My local dealer (in Columbus) was not interested in finding a specific car nationally. I suppose this varies by dealer. Dealers in Cincy and Cleve. were interested.

    Hope that helps.
  • yv27yv27 Posts: 3
    I just got 07 9-3 aero with navi + stick, fully loaded with 3 extended warranties. I was wondering if someone could direct me to a good site to sell the car. It has 1200 miles.

  • yv27yv27 Posts: 3
    I think the price is a bit high, you can get aero for the same price. Navi is hard to find. Actually, that is what i was told is the book value for the aero by my dealer, friend. I have 07 aero on stick with navi and i need to sell it. If you are interested, let me know.

  • hutch79hutch79 Posts: 5
    My husband and I just bought a new 2008 9-3 2.0T 4 door sedan today with metallic paint, moonroof, and cold weather package. We weren't fussy about the cold weather package, but I guess that's how they come in the Northeast. Anyway, Edmunds has been an invaluable resource in this whole car buying experience. I just wanted to contribute to the community on what we paid for our new car. I wished more people had posted their prices when I was in my search. Anyway, we paid $27,554 plus a $175 documentation fee + tax + registration. Hope that info helps for anyone in their hunt. We did our buying online requesting quotes from any dealer in a 75 mile range (which happens to be quite a few for where we live) and went with the lowest quote. It was a painless process and we couldn't be happier with our new car. Thanks again everyone.
  • hutch79hutch79 Posts: 5
    One last thing I forgot. Our car is an automatic. Hope this helps.
  • cpa_howardcpa_howard Posts: 8
    I'm looking for SAAB 9-3 Sportcombi 2.0T and dealer told me that GM has rebate up to $3,700, the one I looked MSRP $33,275 (metallic paint+ auto+ bose + 17' wheel) would be down to $29,575 + tax + fee. GMAC has 5.9% APR for 60 months.
    Is this good deal? It seems people get the rebate or incentives average to 4K or 5K from either SAAB or GM, but I tried so hard to negotiate just up to $3.7K.
    Maybe it's in the middle of year, not at year-end.
    any opinion, thanks in advance.
  • hutch79hutch79 Posts: 5
    If you want a comparison, our MSRP was 32,475 we paid 27,554. Not sure if the SportCombi is more in demand or whatever (we have the sedan), but just wanted to give you a comparison. If you have e-mailed all the dealers in your area asking for the lowest price, a competitive price should soon emerge. The next lowest dealer 's price came in at 28,000, and then we had 2 say the price they could do was 29,000. The final 2 dealers we were in brief communication with didn't really like to deal over the web, and we didn't want to go there so we eliminated them. The dealer we got it from apparently was running some kind of promotion (but aren't they always?).
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