A friend of mine bought a new, used Saab. Since the supply in Germany is very thin, he has imported his desired Sweden from other European countries. No reason to write about it, because it happens every day. Exceptional is only the way how he came to his car. On the ad at one of the well-known portals was a phone call, which should follow more.
Meanwhile, the ad disappeared, because the seller was flooded with calls. Finally, my friend paid an extra to get to his personal dream Saab. How crazy are the times.
A quite successful used car salesman in a, as the saying goes, metropolitan area now likes to buy Saab. A Saab is a safe currency, he says, when equipment and color are right. In contrast to the countless Audi and Mercedes, who stand with him in the yard, the Swedes go quickly and without much discussion from the farm. Sure, he does not want to read his name here.
The trend seems clear. Saab is a cult, and the tighter the offer, the more prices rise. Saab riders move from 9-5 I to 9-5 II, making a dream come true. Older 9-5 will be exchanged for chrome goggles, which are searched for and hardly found at low mileage. How else is the story of a car dealer - no Saab dealer by the way - to explain from Westphalia, who advertised a Saab 9-5 sedan with less than 40.000 kilometers. Within half a day, the online price was revised up twice. Too many calls, he said, and a week later the 9-5 was on the farm. For a whopping surcharge. We do not even need to talk about the Saab Cabriolets. Some price ideas are now as far away from reality as Trollhättan is still from the start of production.
It does not always have to be a new model or a cabriolet. Some opt for a Saab 9000 or 900 to enter or re-enter the Saab warehouse. For classic Saab sometimes long negotiations are conducted, and it takes some patience to put the desired object in the local garage. Are we all crazy or are we running from the sentimentality of past times?
Of course there is always some Saab nostalgia involved in putting a Saab on the farm. Often, however, it is also disillusionment with the realization that you have lost your automobile home with the loss of new car production at Saab. Other manufacturers have beautiful cars, no question, but it lacks this "certain something", the small difference, what is commonly called "Saab Spirit". In Saab, you feel right at home, everything is familiar, everything fits. The operation is no mystery, Scandinavian objectivity wins over the urge to experiment. A Saab is always good "experienced", the driving behavior is clearly defined. One of the maxims maintained until the end of Saab was to always give the driver feedback on the condition of the road. While other manufacturers increasingly decouple their cars from the environment for reasons of comfort, Saab remained true to itself.
A Saab is "understatement" and "high-performance" at the same time. Friend Marco, who now has two Eros in his family, knows what I'm talking about. And other aero drivers too. Relatively compact, unobtrusive cars, never pretentious or embarrassing, with a lot of power on demand. That's Saab and that's the gap Saab leaves and no one else is closing.
But a Saab seems to be even more, regardless of engine power and turbocharger. A Saab smells like a Saab, it feels like a Saab. Something only Saab drivers can understand and a world that will probably be closed forever to owners of other brands. Somewhere in Trollhättan there must have been a secret recipe that changed our DNA after the first contact. How else to explain the phenomenon Saab?
Normally, it was expected that after the end of vehicle production, the interest in the brand waned. Also for the blog, the team had expected a sharp decline in readership. The myth Saab surprised us again! The readership numbers on the blog are, after a brief period of weakness in the summer 2012, back to the old level, and the trend is rising.
The used car prices for the right cars have been steadily increasing for 2012. The statistics of a Saab dealer speaks of 20%, for which its purchase prices have gone up in the last 12 months. Saab partners, who have recognized the signs correctly, look forward to full workshops and trade successfully with used Saabs.
Leaning back, let's take a look at the car market! The manufacturers promote new models and low leasing rates. They beg for our favor. For the price of a good dinner per month we can get a BMW home. Without deposit, including insurance, so the local dealer promises. Audi and Mercedes salespeople regularly call and want to redeem ourselves, completely selflessly of course, from our Swedish fleet.
We do not even want to talk about the masses of French, Korean and Japanese manufacturers who bother us with advertising our mailbox. And what we do ? We prove to be consulting-resistant, ignore the advice, the marketing effort and remain true to Saab.
Merchants reading this post should not be aware of the dollar signs now. Because not everything that is offered is also bought. It includes features, color and history. Complete checkbook, of course, in a knowledgeable workshop, must be in younger years. Or as a trader said a few days ago: "... only quality matters ..", Saab fans understand what I'm talking about. And most of all, we like to buy our cars where you understand something about them. At the Saab Partner, who knows the cult Swedes.
Some of our workshops have correctly recognized the signs of the times and taken the appropriate consequences. You are in Youngtimer mode. Used Saab but are sold in new car mode. The handover in the showroom is celebrated with a bouquet of flowers and small presents. And they offer with a new, used Saab a corresponding rust prevention at the same time. According to the motto "we can always repair the mechanics and it should no longer rust away Saab". The dealers understood. We also !
How to find what you are looking for now, as a returnee, newcomer or if you just want to get another Saab in your garage, is part of an article series on the Saab cult. From now on every week on the blog!