Dilem­mas fac­ing SAAB own­ers

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

SAAB’S clo­sure at the end of 2011 has left unan­swered ques­tions.

What will hap­pen to the sup­ply of spare parts, what will hap­pen to ex­ist­ing war­ranties and what about any­one who fan­cies buy­ing a new SAAB?

Steve Dixon, who lives near York, is think­ing of re­plac­ing his SAAB 9-3, hav­ing found a new one for sale in a deal­er­ship.

The dilemma is that if he takes ad­van­tage of the deals avail­able, is there a risk of be­ing stuck with a car no-one would want to buy in three or four years time if the Saab mar­que is not re­vived by some other com­pany?

The pri­mary con­cern is that a SAAB bought now could plum­met in value. He also has to con­sider the strength of any war­ranty.

SAAB is now in ad­min­is­tra­tion and the SAAB war­ranty on its cars is void be­cause the com­pany is no longer trad­ing.

Deal­ers are try­ing to ar­range war­ranty cover through other providers. “We are try­ing to get clar­ity from SAAB. The po­si­tion is hazy,” said one sales­man.

The in­formed view is that spare parts will be avail­able for the fore­see­able fu­ture from the sup­pli­ers who have been mak­ing them for SAAB.

Many SAAB me­chan­i­cal com­po­nents are supplied from GM’S Euro­pean fac­to­ries.

Which leaves the ques­tion of fu­ture val­ues.

I con­tacted the trade ex­perts CAP. Martin Ward, a se­nior an­a­lyst, said that lessons from the col­lapse of MG Rover showed that priced re­cov­ered to a rea­son­able mar­ket value.

His view: If Mr Dixon saw a SAAB he liked then buy it.

“How­ever there are other great cars out there, and if he wants to play safe, then other mod­els are avail­able.”

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