How to add $4K to your car’s value by being observant

I just realised something the other day.

All the time when I’ve been talking about my Viggen on this site, I’ve referred to it as a 1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen. When I pulled out the owner’s manual the other day though, I came to realise that whilst it was manufactured in late 1999, it’s actually a MY2000 Viggen.

So, looking up the prices on RedBook (our Aussie version of KBB etc) I found that the MY2000 Viggen currently sells for an average price of $22,650. In comparison, the MY1999 Viggen sells for an average price of $18,450.

Theoretically, I just made $4,200 without lifting a finger! And it makes the $22K that I paid for it 18 months ago look pretty darn good, too.

O Happy Day!


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  1. According to Kelly Blue Book, I’m not doing too bad either. I spent $2100 on my 1988 Saab 900 Turbo almost two years ago. And it’s supposed to be worth $1945 now.

    What with the upgrades, I imagine it might be worth a bit more, but it really depends on the market. It’s still a happy day.

  2. I’ll have to sell it in Sweden then, when the time comes…..

    In Oz, the Viggen came in either Lightning Blue or Black – only two colors for it’s entire life here.

  3. When the rego is due, correct it to say 2000 as this will also influence your insured value if you then correct the MY with the insurer. I’ve done this twice!

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