Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Seven months later, our Suzuki SX4 is still for sale.
We traded in our '10 SX4, pictured at left, for our 2012 Subaru Forester in April, 2012. It went up for sale at the local Subaru dealer shortly thereafter. However, it wasn't long until the car migrated to a dealer lot about an hour south of Portland in McMinnville. There it resided for a few months without a buyer. I noticed the craigslist ad for it had gone away, and figured it must've sold. I just found out that is not the case. In fact, the car has now surfaced at a Kia dealer in Warrenton, Oregon (it used to be a Suzuki dealer, but stopped selling Suzuki in 2010; I believe they still service the cars). Am I sure it's our old model? 100% sure—I can see the license plate, along with the wheels and Rally Armor mud flaps. That means it is now going on seven months and three dealerships that our little silver SX4 has been on the market.
While I still really like the SX4, and if I had more faith in Suzuki as a brand in the U.S., we'd still have it. This illustrates how difficult it can be to move Suzuki product, new or used. And we're lucky here in the Portland area. We've got two dealers within about 30 minutes of each other. I can't imagine how difficult it'd be to unload a late-model Suzuki in an area where there is no dealer, or service area within hours.
To be honest, we miss our SX4's size and nimbleness, which was ideal for us. It's not that we don't like our Forester—we do. However, the SX4 had so much that we wanted in a car. It didn't, however, have a very accessible dealer network. And that might be one reason it is still for sale.