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Old 02-17-2013, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sky turbo worth more????

It's been stated many, many times on this forum, and it is generally true I think, that the Sky cost more initially, so therefore sells for more as a used car.

It's also been said that a turbo is worth more than an N/A - with regard to all Kappas. True again, for the same reason - more initial investment.

But the question I have is - what is that premium, and how long will it last?

Case in point, there is a Sky Turbo on e-bay right now with a "buy it now" price of under 13K

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Old 02-17-2013, 01:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One listing doesn't mean jack crap. You have to look at average sale prices, via NADA, Kelly BB, or similar. And even at that you will notice there is a $5,000 spread between "Rough Trade In" and "Clean Retail".

Monetary Value is subjective and transitory. And it really doesn't matter how the product was originally marketed. (IE: Sky cost more because it had more standard items) That may, or may not; carry forward in time. The difference between Turbo and N/A stands a much greater chance of maintaining the spread in value, simply because of the cost to upgrade an N/A to turbo performance levels.

The automobile is the single greatest example of depreciation of value, in the marketplace. Therefore I personally consider such an expenditure to be a C.O.B. and should really be eligible for Section 179 write off.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The base price of a Sky was higher than the base price of a Solstice because of more standard equipment (mainly air conditioning and a lined top), as GS stated. Standard A/C is also why a Sky has been perceived to be heavier than a Sol, but two comparably equipped cars cost and weigh about the same.

Odds are the Sky will be worth less than the Sol because the perception is that a Saturn is less desirable than the same car as a Pontiac. That could be balanced (or even exceeded) by the fact that there are twice as many Sols as Skys.

A car's worth is determined by how much someone wants it or, in the case of an "under-valued" car, how desperate someone is to get rid of it.

If you could predict future values, or cars or anything else, you would become a very rich individual.
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