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Old 10-02-2009, 07:21 PM   #1
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By how much will the defunct brand name Saturn hurt the resale/trade in value of our cars?

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Old 10-02-2009, 07:50 PM   #2
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By how much will the defunct brand name Saturn hurt the resale/trade in value of our cars?
More than the book price hit that Oldsmobile products took when they bit the dust. Saturns were not sold by GM dealers. GM has no vested interest in Saturn. Who would want a Saturn now? The book values will reflect that. Watch them drop when the books are updated.

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Old 10-02-2009, 08:17 PM   #3
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More than the book price hit that Oldsmobile products took when they bit the dust. Saturns were not sold by GM dealers. GM has no vested interest in Saturn. Who would want a Saturn now? The book values will reflect that. Watch them drop when the books are updated.
Well that sucks. I never should have strayed from my trusty Toyota. I'm going to Toyota tomorrow, if I get a bad deal, then I'll drive my Vue into the ground.

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Old 10-02-2009, 08:17 PM   #4
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Not good for the seller or trader-in.

But a great time if you are in for a good used car.

Some of you younger people out there that do have extra garage space and a little extra money. Go buy a good used Saturn - and just put it away.

You will have lot's of fun with it when you reach my age.

I gave serious thought to buying a new Triumph Spitfire convertible the last year they were sold in USA. Then later, gave serious thought to buying a new Camaro convertible - the last year they were sold new.

Wish I had.

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Old 10-02-2009, 09:02 PM   #5
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Well that sucks. I never should have strayed from my trusty Toyota. I'm going to Toyota tomorrow, if I get a bad deal, then I'll drive my Vue into the ground.
I would not even waste the time - you have a loaded 08 VUE - had to cost some pretty coin. It'll be worth 45% of what you paid, if you are lucky. Toyota dealers are among the worst to deal with as well. If I were you, keep it unless you have money to burn. Going to the dealer will only make you depressed.

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Old 10-02-2009, 09:33 PM   #6
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Anyone who bought a Saturn for its resale value did not do a very good job of researching the car before they bought.

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Old 10-02-2009, 09:46 PM   #7
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Good used car, nothin'. In two weeks I'm going to hit Craigslist and buy myself a whole fleet of parts cars. I'll start an S-series junkyard right in my back yard!

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Old 10-02-2009, 10:10 PM   #8
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My SL2 will never die.

THAT is why you buy a Saturn.

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Old 10-02-2009, 10:29 PM   #9
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i bought a 1996 used SL2 with 163k on it.....put on some new tires and replaced the oil valve cover, and with some other minor repairs this car is a workhorse. i paid $1900 out-the-door for it and with the repairs im still in it well under $3000 (i also had to buy a stereo, it was missing it when i got it, and tinted the windows).

im sure parts will still be available for many years to come - think of how many Saturns were produced and many probably have shared parts with other GM vehicles.

i never took this Saturn to the dealership, just to my independent mechanic when i needed something done on it.

i haven't even put on 3k on it yet but it's a solid car. the only thing is that it is burning like a quart of oil (10W30) about every 3-4 weeks. i guess that's normal for an old car. oh well, i just keep a few quarts extra in the trunk and every other fill-up i check the oil level. i had noticed it was burning oil when i checked it and found it was 3 quarts low and still running! lucky me.

since the resale value will take a dump, it is a car worth holding on to in lieu of selling. there's nothing wrong with it, and while it isn't the prettiest car i own, it certainly is the most fuel efficient. also i dont feel bad if it gets scratched or dinged, and who really cares if you leave it parked somewhere overnight. that's what i like about it the most. it isn't a car that a thief would consider, and probably one a burglar would walk by without a second look.

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Old 10-03-2009, 08:58 AM   #10
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also some banks will not finance them anymore soon. as soon as they quit making a car they wont finance them. i think its stupid but they do. a year after oldsmobile was gone two banks had them on there no finance list. i would guess pontiac and saturn will be added soon.

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Old 10-03-2009, 09:14 AM   #11
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i bought a 1996 used SL2 with 163k on it.....put on some new tires and replaced the oil valve cover, and with some other minor repairs this car is a workhorse. i paid $1900 out-the-door for it and with the repairs im still in it well under $3000 (i also had to buy a stereo, it was missing it when i got it, and tinted the windows).

im sure parts will still be available for many years to come - think of how many Saturns were produced and many probably have shared parts with other GM vehicles.

i never took this Saturn to the dealership, just to my independent mechanic when i needed something done on it.

i haven't even put on 3k on it yet but it's a solid car. the only thing is that it is burning like a quart of oil (10W30) about every 3-4 weeks. i guess that's normal for an old car. oh well, i just keep a few quarts extra in the trunk and every other fill-up i check the oil level. i had noticed it was burning oil when i checked it and found it was 3 quarts low and still running! lucky me.

since the resale value will take a dump, it is a car worth holding on to in lieu of selling. there's nothing wrong with it, and while it isn't the prettiest car i own, it certainly is the most fuel efficient. also i dont feel bad if it gets scratched or dinged, and who really cares if you leave it parked somewhere overnight. that's what i like about it the most. it isn't a car that a thief would consider, and probably one a burglar would walk by without a second look.
not to burst your bubble there, but on such an old car you'll have things brake all the time. It was not the strongest car.
Around here 10 year olds S cars go on auction for about $500, and that's all I'd pay for it. don't get me wrong, I like them, but many things break on them.

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Old 10-03-2009, 10:39 PM   #12
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Well that sucks. I never should have strayed from my trusty Toyota. I'm going to Toyota tomorrow, if I get a bad deal, then I'll drive my Vue into the ground.
Depending on the year of the Vue, and the engine/transmission, that might happen sooner than you think, or it could take a very long time.

Vauxhall V6 = Bad (IMO and in my experience)
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:50 PM   #13
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not to burst your bubble there, but on such an old car you'll have things brake all the time. It was not the strongest car.
Around here 10 year olds S cars go on auction for about $500, and that's all I'd pay for it. don't get me wrong, I like them, but many things break on them.
i can imagine. heck it wasn't built as a street rod or a sherman tank. i think its a car that so long as i take care of it and don't drive like a madman it will suit me just fine.

also i think that if i have to lend to car to someone (family, friend, etc) then i can also rest assured that im not giving them a total POS.

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Old 10-04-2009, 07:32 AM   #14
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Well that sucks. I never should have strayed from my trusty Toyota. I'm going to Toyota tomorrow, if I get a bad deal, then I'll drive my Vue into the ground.
Don't buy worry. It will cost you more to "take a bath" on that new Toyota than you have already lost in depreciation. Enjoy the car you have. Pay it off and forget about the "resale value". It's "worth" what it costs for you to replace it.

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Old 10-04-2009, 09:32 AM   #15
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In my area the black book value is 60% of original sticker price. I think that's normal ,so far, for a two year old,

Parts, well, I don't panic, other Gm models have a lot of the same parts

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I'm going to Toyota tomorrow, if I get a bad deal, then I'll drive my Vue into the ground.
And how would that be a smart thing to do?

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It's "worth" what it costs for you to replace it.

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Old 10-04-2009, 09:51 PM   #18
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Last week I was in getting service on the Astra and I offered the sales guy $10k off sticker on a Vue. He bawlked, but maybe it does not sound too bad now.

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saturn dealers arnt making much money these days so its hard to beleive that they would take a huge loss out of pocket like that but who knows. they would probably sell it on used car lot for more than that

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