Almost Bought a Saab
It’s true. Herman found a Saab for
sale that he fell in love with. We went and took it for
a test drive and couldn’t believe all the extras it
had, right down to heated seats and headlight wipers. It
was absolutely one of the nicest cars I’ve ever been
But Herman and I couldn’t justify
buying another car when there is only one driver in this
family. And we already have two cars, one of which is my
handicapped access van.
Now, Herman’s justification for extra
cars is that if you drive used cars, you need a spare when
one is in the shop. I have to say, both of our cars have
been pretty reliable this year, but they both have a lot
of miles on them and seem to need increasing amounts of
The debate is, which is cheaper? Two used
cars or one new car? With the way cars depreciate, you lose
$5,000 by driving the car off the lot. Did I mention that
the Saab is also used? But it’s a Saab! Even I was
swept away. I put them in a category with Volvo and Mercedes
Benz for reliability, safety and just general European elegance.
And then there’s the argument, “Buy
American!” But with multi-national companies, how
much of an average American car is made in America? Not
So for us, it just comes down to what we
like, and we like this car. But again we couldn’t
justify it. And on top of that, property taxes were due,
and the cost was more than we could come up with for cash.
And we’re too far down the credit road already.
So when is a good time to buy a “new”
used car? We both figured, not now. But Herman drove by
today and they had just lowered the price on the Saab, so
once again, we find ourselves interested.
I think for the time being, we will remain
a two car family. One is the van and the other is a Ford
Explorer, both very practical vehicles for our use. The
Saab is a nice pipe dream, with all the extras. It’s
just not in our budget right now.
As my aide Terry put it, “What car
are you going to get rid of to buy the Saab?” That
gave Herman and I pause. Because both the cars we have are
running well (knock on wood). If that changes, I’ll
let you know.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"