The Saab auction in Sweden ended on Wednesday. There was great interest in advance, and even on the day of the auction, mails with questions still arrived. I have answered few of them. Because it was mostly the "usual suspects" who have been hunting for more than a year. After a long phone call, they don't want to understand that no dealer will give a 3-year guarantee for a Saab model year that has never been produced. Or who simply don't want to see the risk if you buy a model like the Saab 9-4x that has never been launched in Europe. No, this is a blog. No Saab help desk ...
The auction was - clearly - an event for fans and collectors of the brand. No vehicles for everyday use, that was communicated openly by the auctioneers ... so it was a fair thing!
The vehicles of the auction were usually not new cars, but, like the Saab 9-5 models, Saab test vehicles or returns of the suppliers. Used cars just, with a few kilometers from the hard test everyday.
Still interesting for collectors - and only for them. I was there too to bid for a 2012 Saab 9-5 sports sedan for a friend's Saab collection. We had chosen two vehicles, a V6 and a 9-5 BioPower, and were already certain that we would get one of the cars with our budget. Because the 2012 model year has some pitfalls that you should be aware of. No dealer in Germany can program the software for a car from this year. The competence of the Saab partners ends, with good reason, with the 2011 vintage.
Anyone who buys such a car should know what he is doing. He depends on help from Sweden. The team of Saab Service Kiel can help because of good contacts to the north, and so you are alone in Germany - and maybe even lonely in large parts of Europe.
Our budget per vehicle was 150.000 kroner, which is just over 18.000 €. With fees, taxes, freight, registration and other expenses then you are at 25- to 26.000 €. What is alright for a vehicle that really only has collector status and is something for sunny exits. Used Saab 9-5 from 2010 and 2011 are traded at similar rates, but are vehicles for everyday use. To make it short: we went out empty! We were outbid on both vehicles, and my friend's Saab collection will not get 9-5 of the 2012 model year.
What happened? The customers of the past auction are divided into three groups. Saab fans, suppliers and speculators. The fans were at a loss, and it is estimated that 15 or 20 cars will have come into their possession. Then there were Saab suppliers who, unrecognized, bought back test vehicles. Because some innovation should not go to third parties. And there were the speculators, mostly from the land of tulips, who had licked blood.
In the previous auction, some vehicles were bought by a certain dealer and sold with a margin that even ex-German banker Josef Ackermann would have forced to applause. However, at that time there were few, exclusive vehicles, cheaply acquired. This time in large style relatively expensive bought, also limousines and predominantly the model year 2012. Vehicles without papers, without helpdesk, without possibility to program the software.
Many fans, including us, were denied the opportunity to purchase a pre-production car at a fair price. We can live with that, it's just a hobby, because such a car is “nice to have”. No more, no less! Now the speculation is on and I think it's a bubble that is going to burst. Because the market is small and not everyone buys at every price. Let's see how business develops in Holland. If you want to know how which Saab was sold at what price, you can find the results of the auction at Marcus Bergfeldt. The internet makes a lot of things transparent. Bad times for Saab speculators.