As Darryl Carl has hinted here before, sadly after a half century of being the go-to Saab dealer in the capital region of New York, New Salem Saab will be no more come August 12, 2011.These past few years have been incredibly difficult for Saab dealers, especially the stand alones. One can only hope that the next few months give potential Saab buyers a reason to have confidence in the brand’s future, or this will be the first of many first class dealers who need to shut their doors not for lack of excellent staff or facilities, but because of market conditions.
I just want to say on behalf of the whole SaabsUnited community how sad I am that New Salem is closing. The nearest Saab dealers to Albany are 50 miles away, so I feel for every owner in the city and hope that someone else can open soon in the Capital region. It’s a great city, it’s where I was born, and it’s dead center in Saab country of the Northeast US. If there’s anywhere that should have a Saab dealer, it’s Albany, NY.
You can read Darryl’s thoughts on the closing in his letter after the break.
Dear friends of New Salem Saab,
In 2011 Fred Carl’s New Salem Garage d/b/a New Salem Saab hit a huge milestone that very few other Saab Dealer’s in the Country can match. New Salem Saab celebrates its 50th year as a Saab dealer, which is a monumental accomplishment and we are very proud to have achieved this mark.
However, I write you today with troubling news. On August 12, 2011, Fred Carl’s New Salem Garage, Inc. d/b/a New Salem Saab will be forced to close its doors forever. In the past four years the Saab Franchise has been experiencing the most challenging period of time since their inception and introduction in 1947, which troubles continue to this very day. This fact has dramatically altered the ability of our exclusive Saab dealership to sustain a profit since 2008 when the financial, housing and automotive industries collapsed.
As a result and by no fault of my dealership, or its personnel, the unthinkable is about to occur; we must close. We are beside ourselves in disappointment and frustration. As all of you know, my team has feverishly tried to reduce expenses and the size of our operation and its business plan for the last several years. Although this allowed us some additional time, the continual disruptions of the Saab brand and its operational difficulties put us at a disadvantage that is uncorrectable with Saab’s current state of affairs. We are sorry and saddened to express this news to you.
The Carl family truly appreciates your friendship and business over the years. We have successfully maintained your Saab for your family for a very long time. We still love the Saab brand and would like nothing more for them to recover from their difficulties and continue to grow; Saab is still a Swedish wonder. Although we have lost our personal battle, we will continue to cheer and support the brand in hopes Saab’s resurgence is long, strong and soon.
Every great book has an ending. This is ours. Neither by intention nor plan was this the ending I had envisioned. There is not much I would have done differently if I had to do it all over again. The knowledge and experience I have gained over the last 20 years and especially the last 5 will serve me well in the future. For this experience and knowledge will again be applied to our personal future endeavors. We hope to see you all in the community in the very near future.
Sincerely and truly yours,
Darryl F. Carl
New Salem Saab *** 1961-2011 ***