Saab Parts could be faced with legal action
December 28, 2011 in News
“The issue is warranty problems for Saab-owners.
The Swedish Saab dealerships are considering legal action against Saab Automoible’s company Saab Parts AB which is providing spare parts as well as dealing with after-market warranties. The reason for this legal action is that Saab Parts no longer according to themselves are willing to cover new-car warranty for the Saab customers.
They (Saab Parts AB) have informed us that they will no longer pay any for any warranty-issues performed by dealerships included in Saabs warranty obligations since the mother-company, Saab Automobile AB, has been placed in bankruptcy according to Peter Hallberg, CEO of the dealership-organziation.
Peter Hallberg states that in december of 2009 an agreement between Saab Automobile and the swedish Saab Dealerships was established that responsibility for spare parts and warranty work performed was transferred to Saab Parts AB. All warranty issues to dealerships and authorized garages has since then been paid for by Saab Parts. This is something that will now stop which will have consequences for customers of new Saab’s. Saab Dealerships have in good faith and in accordance to the agreement delivered new cars for a two year period in belief that the new-car warranty would continue to be valid in case Saab Automobile was to be placed in bankruptcy.
If Saab Parts stands firm by their decision to not pay any warranty claims, the Saab customers will be affected. The dealership-organizations view is that current warranty terms dictate that only private persons can pose warranty claims against individual dealerships. Cars registered on companies or business have in such no right to claim warranty which means that the majority of all newly sold cars during the last two years are completely without warranty cover.
The new owner of Saab Parts becomes the National Debt Office “NDO”, which has in the media stated that customers will not have to feel any worry about warranty, however the NDO has not yet claimed its pawn rights to the company, which means that right now a state of law-less country exists where only private people as some rights, according to Peter Hallberg.
As a counter move, the Saab dealerships are planning to buy the majority of spare parts from other suppliers than Saab Parts, which would considerably reduce the value of the NDO Pawn claim in the company Saab Parts.”