Local dealer happy to smile

My local Saab dealer, Astley Saab of Yeovil, (www.astleysaab.co.uk/) is happy to report that things are not looking too bad at the moment. They are diversifying their ways and they are also managing to sell “Brand New Saab’s”.

Some of you know that in the UK the registrations change twice a year and on the 1st September the “61” plate will be seen on the roads.
Jerry Peck and his staff have five new 61 plated Saab’s waiting to drive onto the roads of Yeovil for the first time.

It is always great to hear good news and that people still beleive in Saab and are happy to sign up for a new one.

 

The gentleman buying the white TTiD above told me that he was very happy to be getting his new Saab even though the news from Trollhättan was so up and down day by day. Nothing would stop him taking her home.

zippy
Member
5 years 1 month ago

Astley Saab of Yeovil….keeping the dream alive. Lovely white SC by the way. 🙂

Sahl
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5 years 1 month ago

Nice stuff!

Red J
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5 years 1 month ago

Can somebody explain me how the UK plate numbering works??

spacy
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5 years 1 month ago
‘ RedJ The number system changed about 10 years ago, so the plate changes twice a year. It consists of 7 digits. so I copied this here, hope you understand it: New Style Registrations Explained (E.G. SK 54 MPK) New Style registrations are those which follow the format of a two letter prefix (in the above example the SK), followed by a two digit year identifier (the 54 above) and finally three more letters (MPK). The New Style reg became the current standard for vehicles from the second half of 2000 – hence they are sometimes reffered to as Millennium… Read more »
Peter Gilbert
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5 years 1 month ago

As an Ex-Pat Brit I can tell you that they are obsessed with number plate because the plate stays with the car like “The Scarlet Letter.” So everyone nows how old it is. This makes people worry needlessly about residual value.

I much prefer th US System where we can personalize our plates including “SAAB>”

spacy
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5 years 1 month ago

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DVLA sells personal number plates.
BIG business in the UK.

cakewalker
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5 years 1 month ago
The firm I used to work for has these – was never entirely sure why they bothered but it gave a nice consistency to the office car park. They were ‘old style’ plates ending with the three-letter business acronym. As noted above, the dates ‘aged’ the cars (they were all 1983-date plates on much newer cars, including two Saabs I might add). All very nice and dandy except it caused some headaches trying to transfer custom plates between leased cars. nb., the switch from old-style to new-style plates was in 2001. I haven’t a clue how the system worked before… Read more »
spacy
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5 years 1 month ago
cakewalker Got this from the same site as above; Dateless Registrations Explained (E.G. TOA 123) When registrations were introduced in 1903, and before the suffix format came into effect in 1963, they had no discernable year identifying numbers or digits on them. With a registration like this it’s impossible to tell (without insider knowledge) how old the vehicle displaying it is. Prefix registrations are so called because their initial letter (prefix) identifies the age of a vehicle, suffix registrations because their trailing (suffix) letter identifies the age of the vehicle and the new style reg can identify a vehicle age… Read more »
daniel_t
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5 years 1 month ago
I love good news. I know that the main enemy Saab faces right now is anxiety. The simple facts are that saab isn’t producing cars. They lose money now while plant is idle due to fixed costs. They will incur start-up costs. We have to accept that the management bet on being able to force Vladimir into the company, then, an infusion of 70 million dollars would have kept the wolves at bay and the Chinese order would have looked like sheer brilliance. We are where we are. As loyal Saab fans, we hope that there is a bridge to… Read more »
spacy
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5 years 1 month ago

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Re; Clearing inventory off dealers’ lots would be a great goal

Agree, but the sad truth is the dealers need the money invested in their stocks.

Equally sad, would be a dealer, that suddenly sells all their inventory, & as another potentual buyer drives past just sees another empty Saab dealership [because there are no cars produced to replace the cars sold].

Now that’s SODS LAW & catch 22 in one……!!.

Audun
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mnztr
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5 years 1 month ago

That white Sport Combi is SHARP!!!!!

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