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Saab Files for Bankruptcy, Great Deals on Remaining Models

December 22, 2011

Saab filed for bankruptcy this week which means headaches for current owners and opportunities for prospective buyers.

Saab is seeking full liquidation which means they will no longer make new cars or honor warranties on the cars that have been sold.

GM announced they will honor warranties on Saabs sold while they were still the parent company back in 2010.

But owners of current Saabs will still take a depreciation hit since consumers are less likely to purchase vehicles where the manufacturer is no longer in business.

They will also have a harder time finding spare parts and getting the vehicles serviced.

However, this presents an opportunity for those still interested in a Saab and don't mind the drawbacks.

In its most recent Vehicle Dependability Study, J.D. Power ranked Saab above the industry average, finishing 13th on a list of 34 brands.

New Saabs that are still sitting on dealer lots will likely be deeply discounted. There are currently about 1,500 new Saabs available across the country with the majority being the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 models.

Just keep in mind these vehicles won't come with a warranty and will likely have low resale value, so only consider buying if you intend on keeping the vehicle for a long time.


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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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