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    I recently purchased a used Saab Aero 93 described as ‘Immaculate condition inside and out’ from a dealer via Autotrader. Six days later I noticed the drivers side headlamp had fogged/misted up after rain, the heated rear screen has only 3-4 bars working and hardly works, the n/s wing indicator was full of water and the horn is working intermittently. I contacted the dealer via email and telephone and sent photos of the issues. Needless to say the dealer isn’t being very helpful with comments such as ‘What are you expecting from me? I sold you the car with a major mechanical warranty. The issues you have spoken about are not major mechanical issues, just very slight issues on an eight year old, used car’ Had I known about the faults I wouldn’t have purchased the car. I have recently taken the car to a main Vauxhall Dealer and SAAB Authorised Parts & Service Centre for advice, both are quoting around £980.00 to replace/repair the faults. Am I expecting too much? Should I expect these issues on a car costing £8500.00 with 56,000 miles? I am now worrying about what will go wrong next!!!

    Any advice would be most appreciated as I can’t afford the £980.00 to carry out the repairs.

    Many thanks.


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    Stuart Masson
    Stuart Masson

    Hi Mark. It’s a used car, and the issues you have raised are not major faults on an eight-year-old car. Water ingress into headlights is not uncommon, and the horn issue could be a simple fix.

    You should be able to pick up new or used replacement headlights for a lot less than £980. Try an independent Saab specialist, or breakers’ yards, or eBay, for parts and you will probably find them much cheaper.

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