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Hey guys,

Long time no talk. It's time for my wife to sell her car and need help pricing it. KBB doesn't seem the most accurate with Saab's, and there are not a whole lot for sale that are 2008+ on my area. The ones that are for sale seem to be priced higher than KBB is saying the value is. I'm wondering which is correct. Any idea how used Saab's are selling right now?

2008 Saab 9-3 base black leather. 17" wheels, blue, 78,000 miles. Brand new rotors/pads, tires have at least 7/32" run flats. A few dings in the rear passenger quarter panel. Probably use pdr on them. No mechanical issues at all, no accidents, oil changes with Mobil 1 ever 3,500 miles, premium fuel, two keys. First owner worked for GM and I have paperwork when he had service from the Saab dealership. Interior is 9/10 and leather looks perfect. This is fwd. Wife driven and no mods.

Dealer offered $3,400 for trade in towards a used Regal GS.
KBB says $4,000
I'm seeing similar cars with 95,000-110,000 miles asking for $5,500 and even more. If I can get $5,000+ and it wont take months to sell I will probably just sell it myself. What are your thoughts?
 

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I bought this one a 2008 in amazing shape, 100% perfect in every way for $3,500 a few days ago.

I'm sorry but these cars have no value to most people. I think the $3,500 trade in is about the most you will get.

 

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I bought this one a 2008 in amazing shape, 100% perfect in every way for $3,500 a few days ago.

I'm sorry but these cars have no value to most people. I think the $3,500 trade in is about the most you will get.

Miles?
 

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more than yours, 140k

However dent and scratch free.

Here is how I see things, most people must finance a car as they cannot save money to buy one.

That is why it is very hard to sell a car for much over $3,000.

The car I bought was for sale for 3 weeks, I was the first person to show any interest.

The guy I bought it from had a brand new Audi convertible in his driveway, he thought he could get more than the $3,500 the Audi dealer offered him. In the end he was just happy to get rid of it.
 

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more than yours, 140k

However dent and scratch free.

Here is how I see things, most people must finance a car as they cannot save money to buy one.

That is why it is very hard to sell a car for much over $3,000.

The car I bought was for sale for 3 weeks, I was the first person to show any interest.

The guy I bought it from had a brand new Audi convertible in his driveway, he thought he could get more than the $3,500 the Audi dealer offered him. In the end he was just happy to get rid of it.
Well done.
 

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more than yours, 140k

However dent and scratch free.

Here is how I see things, most people must finance a car as they cannot save money to buy one.

That is why it is very hard to sell a car for much over $3,000.

The car I bought was for sale for 3 weeks, I was the first person to show any interest.

The guy I bought it from had a brand new Audi convertible in his driveway, he thought he could get more than the $3,500 the Audi dealer offered him. In the end he was just happy to get rid of it.
Yeah I think thats tough to compare since your's has double the miles and a convertible. I personally would not get a convertible because I like 4 doors. I've sold a few cars in the past for cash in the $5,000-$7,500 range so I think it could happen with this one.

This is 50 miles of me for a 2008+ Saab 9-3. Only three available and priced high.

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/Saab/9-3/Raleigh+NC-27615?endYear=2011&firstRecord=0&makeCode1=SAAB&mmt=[SAAB[9-3[9-3|2.0T]][]]&modelCode1=9-3&searchRadius=50&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=2008&trim1=9-3|2.0T&Log=0&captureSearch=true&fromSIP=72AA53AE47EA2EAD9963521348DAF2A2&showToolbar=true


200 miles

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/Saab/9-3/Raleigh+NC-27615?endYear=2011&firstRecord=0&makeCode1=SAAB&mmt=[SAAB[9-3[9-3|2.0T]][]]&modelCode1=9-3&searchRadius=200&showcaseListingId=0&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=2008&trim1=9-3|2.0T&Log=0

Based on this I think we will sell ourselves. I will have the dents removed and detail to make it look really nice. We dont need to sell it asap so if it takes a month or two that's fine.
 

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I bought this one a 2008 in amazing shape, 100% perfect in every way for $3,500 a few days ago.

I'm sorry but these cars have no value to most people. I think the $3,500 trade in is about the most you will get.

I wouldn't say they have no value to most. They are still beautiful cars, even for a 12 year old design, with a refresh in '08. I think the problem is a lot of people are ignorant to the Saab brand. The verts are solid, well built cars. Yes I'm partial, but they are still head turners compared to some of today's cookie cutters generic styles.
 

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I bought this one a 2008 in amazing shape, 100% perfect in every way for $3,500 a few days ago.

I'm sorry but these cars have no value to most people. I think the $3,500 trade in is about the most you will get.

Considering the original owner prolly paid 40k+, that's a great deal.
 

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You could probably sell it to someone on this forum for $6000.
Someone who drove a Chevy truck all their lives would probably offer you $2000.
Value is personal.
 

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Yea I am sure you can get 5k plus I am curious too...So report back if it was more than 5k or not if you don't mind :)...

Few examples from around my area:

https://orlando.craigslist.org/ctd/5823280387.html

https://orlando.craigslist.org/ctd/5804836890.html

https://orlando.craigslist.org/ctd/5801372471.html

https://orlando.craigslist.org/cto/5780555089.html
This is it on CL for 2008+ in my area so it's slim pickins.

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/5776528828.html

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/5804460564.html

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/5806923359.html

When I had my 2010 Aero I had a few people ask if I would consider selling to them. Maybe people like Saab's around here. I do see them pretty often.
 

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Yeah I think thats tough to compare since your's has double the miles and a convertible. I personally would not get a convertible because I like 4 doors. I've sold a few cars in the past for cash in the $5,000-$7,500 range so I think it could happen with this one.

This is 50 miles of me for a 2008+ Saab 9-3. Only three available and priced high.

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/Saab/9-3/Raleigh+NC-27615?endYear=2011&firstRecord=0&makeCode1=SAAB&mmt=[SAAB[9-3[9-3|2.0T]][]]&modelCode1=9-3&searchRadius=50&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=2008&trim1=9-3|2.0T&Log=0&captureSearch=true&fromSIP=72AA53AE47EA2EAD9963521348DAF2A2&showToolbar=true


200 miles

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/Saab/9-3/Raleigh+NC-27615?endYear=2011&firstRecord=0&makeCode1=SAAB&mmt=[SAAB[9-3[9-3|2.0T]][]]&modelCode1=9-3&searchRadius=200&showcaseListingId=0&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=2008&trim1=9-3|2.0T&Log=0

Based on this I think we will sell ourselves. I will have the dents removed and detail to make it look really nice. We dont need to sell it asap so if it takes a month or two that's fine.

Yeah I think thats tough to compare since your's has double the miles and a convertible. I personally would not get a convertible because I like 4 doors. I've sold a few cars in the past for cash in the $5,000-$7,500 range so I think it could happen with this one.

This is 50 miles of me for a 2008+ Saab 9-3. Only three available and priced high.

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/Saab/9-3/Raleigh+NC-27615?endYear=2011&firstRecord=0&makeCode1=SAAB&mmt=[SAAB[9-3[9-3|2.0T]][]]&modelCode1=9-3&searchRadius=50&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=2008&trim1=9-3|2.0T&Log=0&captureSearch=true&fromSIP=72AA53AE47EA2EAD9963521348DAF2A2&showToolbar=true
Good luck to you. As it was said here please update this post with the results as it is helpful to others.

As for your personal opinion on 4 doors, that is fine but convertibles cost more originally and sell for more used.

I have craigslist setup to email me every new Saab listing in my area. I watch them as it is both a hobby and passion of mine. There are tons of Saabs in my area with high listing prices, the key word is listing prices. They do not sell. I have had my eye on another convertible in my area.

I have been watching this one for around 3 months, it started out at $6,900 and is now at $4,800. When it gets down to $4k I will most likely go check it out and offer him $3,500 just like I did to the one I just bought.

http://knoxville.craigslist.org/cto/5801368599.html

I personally love these cars and I love that I will have 4 of them to drive with a total cost of less than $10,000

I currently have a

1997 Talladega
1999 Convertible Stage 2
2008 Convertible
 

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Depends on the market, and also on the condition, but in my area the Edmunds bluebook prices are spot on. If it's a 2.0 and the valves haven't been done, that can be an issue also.

There are a lot of people putting up Saabs for sale at much above what the market will bear and they sit unsold for a long time. Understandably, these people (particularly original owners) paid a lot of money for a very nice car and have a hard time understanding that they won't be able to get much for it.
The longer you can afford to sit on it, and the nicer the condition, the better chances you'll get top dollar.

Personally I wouldn't be looking to trade that car for a Regal, regardless of the Regal year, miles or condition.
 

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Depends on the market, and also on the condition, but in my area the Edmunds bluebook prices are spot on. If it's a 2.0 and the valves haven't been done, that can be an issue also.

There are a lot of people putting up Saabs for sale at much above what the market will bear and they sit unsold for a long time. Understandably, these people (particularly original owners) paid a lot of money for a very nice car and have a hard time understanding that they won't be able to get much for it.
The longer you can afford to sit on it, and the nicer the condition, the better chances you'll get top dollar.

Personally I wouldn't be looking to trade that car for a Regal, regardless of the Regal year, miles or condition.
What's wrong with a Regal GS? Drives just like the 9-3, lots of options, beautiful car, no major complaints online. It's for my wife and shes not racing the thing. Just just needs something nice that will last at least 5 years. The one we are buying is certified and will have a warranty March 2019 if we experience any issues.

The 9-3 has been a great car for us but we are ready to move on. Besides routine maintenance and a few red tail light bulbs there has been zero problems. Saab did a great job on it.
 

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Nothing wrong with a Regal, just personal preference. Is your 9-3 a manual? I might be interested. Sedan, combi or vert?
 

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Nothing wrong with a Regal, just personal preference. Is your 9-3 a manual? I might be interested. Sedan, combi or vert?
Auto and a sedan. Whoever gets the car will really enjoy it. She drives like an old lady, and I make sure the oil is changed between 3,000-4,000 miles every single time. We've owned it since 2012, and the previous owner worked for GM. Were picking up her car on Saturday, and I plan to polish her car and put it up for sale.
 
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