Dilemmas facing SAAB owners
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.”