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By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: September 12, 2012

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On the face of it, buying a used car built by a company that no longer exists seems a recipe for disaster.

Especially if you're ploughing a not insignificant sum into a complex vehicle that was built to compete with the likes of the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6. What if some of those complicated electronics go on the blink? Where would you go to get the thing repaired?

Fortunately for clued-in used buyers, a healthy network of Saab specialists has built up over the years and they're fanatical about these cars.

Saab owners are a singular crew and like to consider themselves a breed apart from the usual automotive thoroughfare. The fact that most casual buyers will be further discouraged from choosing a used Saab, if anything adds to the marque's cachet for the true believers.

If you were looking at a new car, the 9-5 makes all sorts of sense as delivery mileage examples can still be found for the price of an equivalent diesel family hatch. Cars with a couple of years under their tyres are also looking very good value. It's certainly a car to consider if you go in with your eyes open and are prepared to haggle hard for a bargain.

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