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Buying a Saturn is Not a Good Idea

Saturn Many of you already know GM will be discontinuing the Saturn brand. They stopped production a couple of weeks ago after Penske Automotive Group backed away from purchasing the car company.

There are now about 12,000 Saturns left for sale in the US and GM is hoping to get rid of them all by January 2010.

They will likely need to offer some sweet incentives to sell the remaining inventory. Thus, some car shoppers are wondering if it makes sense to buy a Saturn and take advantage of these incentives.

The residual values of cars that are discontinued usually fall considerably, meaning that when you're ready to trade-in the car down the road, you will get a lot less for it.

If GM offers an additional $1,500 - $2,000 incentive, you'll basically come out even. If you intend to keep the car forever, then it makes more sense to consider buying.

In addition to a drop in residual values, Saturns will become harder to maintain and repair. Although GM will honor all Saturn warranty claims, you will need to take the car to other GM dealers which don't necessarily specialize in Saturn vehicles. This can lead to shoddy work and limitations on parts being available in a timely manner. Maintenance can also be an issue if the closest GM dealer is in another town.

We recommend not buying a Saturn if your goal is to save money. The only reason you should buy one right now is if you truly love Saturn cars AND you're willing to keep the car for a long time (at least 7 years).






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Gregg Fidan 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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