Merry Christmas From The Dealers

Tim had asked me earlier this week to do a post about the dealers and to tell everyone that we are here and still ready to help. Truth of the matter is I was so angry at the start of the week that I couldn’t see myself writing anything that didn’t come across that way. As the week has gone on and my mood has shifted, I thought now would be a good time to speak.

Our dealership and many others are and will continue to be in business and are ready and willing to help you in every way we know how. It is true that warranty work is on hold right now as we await further clarification from SCNA and we expect that shortly. As our world is so web based now that I have noticed countless Saab dealers addressing this on their facebook pages to their customers and friends. What I would say most of us are not doing is, we are not and will not be taking part in any kind of “FIRE SALE”. I have seen and heard of some very silly ideas of what kind of credits people assume they can get now and at least one dealer that has decided to somehow do this.

We the Saab dealers have weathered many storms and have a lot of that same Saab fight in us that you see in Sweden and we will keep fighting. Our dealerships are more than just a way to make money and sell cars, our dealerships are also our family and friends. Take a look at your Saab dealer and find out how long most of their staff have been together, we are a family and it shows through the service you have come to expect and in the way the we will continue to fight for this great company and you our friends.

The upcoming “We Are Many, We Are Saab” events are truly touching to see take shape. You can imagine that the dealer staff has been upset by the events that have happened and for us it is a nice reminder that Saab fans across the world are coming together for us too. This event is about every part of Saab from the suppliers to the employees and dealers. Remember that we are with you all the way and nothing can ever take that away from us.

I do feel a great amount of hope in Saab emerging from bankruptcy as a stronger company with strong financial backing. I think that with Youngman in Sweden and other possible owners looking to submit bids or possibly already submitted bids, the hope has never left and as I type I feel my strength coming back to me. We are an incredible group of people who believe in Saab and I don’t think another brand can truly compare when it comes to a love of a brand. We are many, we are Saab and will continue to be Saab.

From all of the Saab dealers worldwide, Merry Christmas and happy New Year. To all my Saab friends at dealers across the world, Merry Christmas to you and yours and we will get through this as we stand together as Saab. I invite all other dealers to add a personal message here as well.

hans h
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Merry Christmas to you and all the other dealers. And may 2012 be kinder to us all.

/Hans H

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Well our dealership in the UK today became the latest victim of this dreadful mess…..the whole dealership closed down today and went into administration. Within an hour we were all out! 3 of us that worked there between us have 98years of experience and dedication to Saab! What a dreadful Christmas this is going to be for the Saab community.

Tilley
Member
4 years 9 months ago

I read your post and couldn’t think of anything appropriate to say without sounding, well I think the word is ‘trite’. It’s simply gut-wrenching to hear things like this while still grasping for hope that it is not the end of Saab as a company.

Redders
Member
4 years 9 months ago

That’s dreadful news and without any warning, it’s made me very sad. I personally know everyone at Concept Saab in Cardiff. They are such a good bunch of people and very knowledgeable about all things Saab. We have lost not just a main dealer but a resource that we will never get back. I wish all at Concept the very best and if I can help in any way you know where I am. Chris.

nichell
Guest
4 years 9 months ago

“We are many, we are Saab.” I like that! Happy Saabing to all, and to all , a good night!
P.S. I wish I knew where Jason’s dealership is.

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago

My own personal stint began in 1975…..a very sad day for me and my colleagues and of course the dealer principals.

MeanSabean
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Saab will ride Again!!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Rob
Mtl
Canada

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Thank you tilley. I have even been working on a 50% reduced salary most of this year rather than desert this brand i love so much in the hope we would get through it.

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago
Until today I was a UK Saab dealer with 36 years of dedication and loyalty to this wonderful brand. I have always compared Saab to an incurable infection….those that get it are infected for life! What other product on earth can have that kind of impact? What other product or brand can boast of such deep rooted passion and dedication? We are a family like no other. I could drive to any country in the world and bump into another Saab owner and instantly we would feel like long lost friends. GM never ever could see or respect this Saab… Read more »
nickjkeys
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Hi Martin
I am truely sad for what you are going through right now. I suffer the same infection and I only worked with the brand 17 years. I wish you all the best and would add I was made redundant from the trade just over 3 years ago and made it through. I no longer work with cars but enjoy driving my Saab daily. I wish you all the very best at this difficult time.

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago

I have read many of your posts Jason with admiration as so much of what you say is spot on! So when Saab is reborn if you require any additions to your staff then please do not forget me!

Troels, Denmark
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Thanks for a very brave and encouraging post, Jason!

Merry Christmas to you, all Saab-dealers, Saab-employed and Saab-fans!

Still hoping for a solution which includes manufacturing and developing Saabs in Trollhättan. !

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago

I have SAAB running through my veins Jason and that will never die!

dezzer
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Martin…really sorry to heare the news about Concept….i even made a few phone calls up here, what line u in, sales or service ?
I know it might sound futile but wish you and your family all the best for xmas and i know something will be around that corner

saabtec
Member
4 years 9 months ago
Thanks Jason. We have been through a lot in the past. This is one more go-round on the Saab roller coaster. I can say also that Saab Cars North America is trying hard to find a solution. There are some great, hard working and passionate people there. Sales have taken the brunt of it at our dealer. Parts and Service is doing well. We have a fantastic customer base and are very thankful for their continued support. The news was here and did this story on our shop. Largely sums up where we are today. http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2011/12/dan_devos_vows_to_hang_on_to_f.html Looking forward to a… Read more »
wes
Member
4 years 9 months ago

To all of the Saab Dealers, Saab sales people, serive techs, parts people, My wish is for a Safe and Happy Hoilday Season and wish all of our pray’s are answered for the new year. Jason you have alway written good stuff and I am proud to be part of the Saab family for the last 17 years. We will carry on until the lights go out.

Wes Harris
Dirito Brothers Saab
Walnut Creek, CA

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Nick Keys? Bristol?

nickjkeys
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Yes thats me!

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Its Martin Lyons, Cardiff and prior to that Vixen Saab Newport!

3cyl
Member
4 years 9 months ago
The two SAAB dealers closest to me are GM automalls. This came about because SCNA (possibly prodded by GM) preferred the fancy automall approach and pressured two excellent long-time SAAB dealers by “encouraging” them to build expensive new facilities. Both of their dealerships ended up transferred to GM automall dealers. I went out of state to buy my SAAB from an established SAAB dealer that was independent from GM. It will be intersting to see how the GM dealerships will hang in there with SAAB compared to the independent SAAB dealers. GM automalls with SAAB may have more financial wherewithall… Read more »
zippy
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Firstly to Jason and everyone at Springman’s a Merry Christmas and a better 2012. To Martin T16s, no guessing what you favourite Saab is. 🙂 Here’s hoping that your expertise and passion for Saab can be put back to use very very soon.

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Thank you zippy I hope so too. Yes that car has just had a major restoration from the shell upwards. It is one of only 265 ever built to that spec.

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Oh and did 85% of the work myself!

AEROOTTAWA
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Jason: thanks so much for your post – straight from the heart, and so full of the SAAB fighting spirit. This really is an incredible brand and an amazing community. I’ve really appreciated your contributions to SU over the past few months. My best wishes to you and SAAB dealers everywhere for Christmas and the New Year.

SAAB UP in 2012!

LV Saab
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our Saab friends everywhere. Never lose faith. As long as dialogue is happening in Sweden we have hope. Long live Saab!

Carter Ledbetter
Member
4 years 9 months ago
Talked to my dealer in Dayton, OH today – Just SAAB. They are a great bunch – hope to see them through all this. With the events of this week, they CAN’T sell new cars (no warranty, no rebates from Saab NA) and will depend on service to survive until SOMETHING clarifies the situation. Couldn’t ask for a better bunch of folks; they need our help. If you want to help your local dealer – bring them service NOW. I’m putting my 9-3 in the shop next week to get her back to 100%. $$$ in the door (service) will… Read more »
Hunter Ross
Member
4 years 9 months ago
Great post, Jason. Like you, we also will not be participating in any kind of “Fire Sale”. With parts supply not being of concern in the future, plus our ability to put warranties on any new Saab in the event that SCNA is unable to reinstate the factory warranties, our beloved Saabs are worth just the same that they were prior to the bankruptcy filing. We continue to hold our heads high and are anxious to see what lies ahead. From all of us at Saab of Bellevue, we wish you and your families a warm and wonderful holiday season.
LG Aero
Member
4 years 9 months ago
My sympathies go out to all those who are financially affected by the demise of SAAB in the US market. In one of the former strongest markets, Northeast NY, the dealers already gone. Great people and thousands of SAABs sold and no support left. In regards to remaining vehicle inventory I can understand that no dealer wants to have a fire sale. But that is brave talk that can only be backed up with deep financial pockets. Most remaining dealers will need to sell the cars and frankly no warranty made up by an aftermarket insurance company can actually fix… Read more »
LarsG
Member
4 years 9 months ago

I am impressed of dealers like you who still fight. I too hope for a future for Saab. Meey Christmas.

Peter Doyle
Member
4 years 9 months ago
Hoping everybody has a merry christmas and a happy new year. In recent years our dealership has cut employees, from 5 techs to 1, from 4 salesman to 1 but we have tried to keep the brand alive. We are working for less money because there is less traffic but because of our love for the brand we have pressed on. Now with recent events the fight is going to be even tougher. Here in the northeast we do have a strong customer base and a loyal following, but I think people will begin to rethink ownership if parts are… Read more »
900_S
Member
4 years 9 months ago
Kudos to you, Jason, for sticking firmly to your panic-free plan. I think it shows a lot of dedication and confidence in the product. I hope you and the other dealers who’re keeping calm are able to benefit financially from doing so. I suspect you (and other dealers) can survive awhile from repair and servicing, while maybe acting as like a used Saab dealer if the new stuff were to run out. I know the independent Saab mechanic I go to has loads of business and happy repeat customers. I hope Saab Parts stays up and running for a long… Read more »
JohnDarrenwood
Member
4 years 9 months ago

I wished we’d had dealers like you in SA!

JohnDarrenwood
Member
4 years 9 months ago
NO FIRE sales, that is quite right, there is no reason to discount any further. I’m sure demand still exists, even with the bankruptcy – in fact some people probably were not paying attention at all, until they saw ‘bankcrupt’ in the headlines. In terms of ‘inhibitors’ maintenance plans and warranty are not the issue some imagine them to be. The maintenance plans are usually funded by Avis or some other company external to Saab. Same goes for warranties. In fact, even if you need to pay for one, they are not that expensive to buy… so no warranty should… Read more »
LG Aero
Member
4 years 9 months ago
John, I wish I could find solace in your statement ” NO FIRE sales, that is quite right, there is no reason to discount any further”. The realities of the market are that the “current” discounts were established when there was still a warranty, current model year and the hope of a continued company and dealer network. Much of the monetary value of a luxury car is associated with perception of value. Even discounts of $20k – $30k still leave prices that will buy many competent vehicles with full support. You are sure that demand exists against all the other… Read more »
JohnDarrenwood
Member
4 years 9 months ago

But I don’t believe Saab parts should be an issue at all. That is a separate business.

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Hi Jason, thank you for your kind words last evening. I feel a lot better today and looking forward to a new era in my career and life. I hope no other dealers start a fire sale either as once one starts it then people will travel to get that deal. Excuse the pun bit it should be ‘Saab,s Dealers United’! Despite my dreadful news yesterday I do wish our ‘ family’ a very good Christmas and hopefully a better year next year. Take care and good health to you all.

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Hey Redders, Thank you for your words matey they mean a lot. Heres to many more shows and events in the future.

Martin T16s
Member
4 years 9 months ago

Yes Jason doesn’t that just sum up our family here? i just found yet another friend from the past through this great room…that is 2 this week!

martinsaab
Member
4 years 9 months ago

United we stand 😉

900_S
Member
4 years 8 months ago

United we Saab 😉

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