For a few days I had the hope that the repair would come about. Mattias said it would take several weeks. A specialist came who had estimated the value of the car on 100.000 kr.
But there were also difficulties: The humps on the roof were a problem. To debug them, you first have to remove the curved rear window nearby (a nice design detail of this vehicle). It is difficult to reinstate. It must be glued at high temperature in a special process and it is broken because of the curved shape often.
New discs are no longer available, so if necessary, a used spare part would have been required, with tinting ex factory. Are grill moldings in Griffin-Matt available? Yes, he found her. But by the end of the week, it was clear: the cost estimate for the repair was 78,000 kr. And the insurance estimated the residual value of the car on 79,000 kr. That means "redeem", so the insurance pays me out (72,000 kr after deducting the deductible) and keeps the car.
At this point, many readers will be surprised who do not know the Swedish car insurance system, as I did at the time. Can not I just get paid the damage and then have the car repaired under my own direction? No, not in Sweden. The insurance companies want to have control over the professional repair of accident vehicles, and repairs are only carried out at recognized repair shops, which are frequently inspected. The insurance companies fear that otherwise in sloppy or partially repaired vehicles, the risk of accidents is higher, or that accidents have more serious consequences than after correctly executed repairs.
And accidental damage is only repaired if the costs for it are significantly lower than the residual value. If this is not the case, the insurance company pays the residual value to the customer and sells the car to a car recycler, who dismantles it and offers the spare parts (the car repairer may not repair and sell the vehicle as a whole). If I had taken the vehicle back and had the repair carried out at my own expense, I probably would not have been able to insure it in Sweden. Abroad maybe, but then there are the transport costs: about 1,500 złoty to Poland, plus 10,000 - 15,000 złoty for the repair, I estimate.
Not counting the time and energy for the coordination of such a repair (including procurement of used spare parts from Sweden) to quasi-new condition without the "cheating" that is common in some workshops.
The following week I drove with Robert to Växjö. We spoke to Mattias again. Of course it was a shame for him that the car was not repaired. The estimate costs him a few hours of work for which the insurance company does not pay anything. The repair would have been a relatively large order for the company, with many hours of work - and the car would have looked like new again. I could only take a few personal items out of the car: the child seat, the two dog guards, the operating instructions in Polish, six CDs from the changer and a few other things.
And goodbye, KNT180! Positive thinking is required. Other people will be pleased if they look for replacement parts for their 9-5 on bildelsbasen.se and find what they are looking for. A perfectly running diesel engine with automatic transmission and many other useful parts.
Now what - a new Saab? Of course, I had already studied numerous block ads the week before and also contacted some dealers. On the other hand - such an unforeseen event in my life is also a chance to realign something. We are currently buying a house. This not only requires money, but also time and energy. A second car or “hobby car” like the Saab was then of secondary importance.
Would I have sold the Saab because of the house? Certainly not. Now he's gone and I decided not to buy a new one for now. A rational decision - the decision to buy the Saab last year was rather emotional.
Other aspects are added. Would I buy a diesel again? Probably not - the Swedish transport authority has plans that from 2020 only Euro 6 diesel or petrol engines with a year of manufacture younger than 2009 will be allowed to drive in Stockholm (hybrid and electric cars too, of course, and they will then be the only ones driving into the old town) may), and that's just the beginning. Do I want to buy a car that will soon be banned from driving in my home country? Rather not.
Would I buy a BioPower petrol instead? Perhaps, but I am bothered by the significantly higher fuel consumption (it is enough to compare the factory information in the catalog), and this with 68 liters of tank capacity instead of 72 liters for the TiD. The aero with a 75 liter tank is out of the question for me - it was not available as a Griffin in Sweden and the 260 hp engine needs expensive 98 octane petrol and does not run on biofuel. What about CO2 emissions? 246 - 251 g / km for the BioPower engines, 204 g / km for the 1.9 TiD with automatic, but only 109 g / km for our Volvo V50 DRIVe, which we will now use for our vacation in September.
Yes, the Saab 9-5 SC is probably more beautiful than the Volvo V50, he is also the more comfortable touring car, the engine makes together with the automatic transmission a lot of fun, but the Volvo pollutes the environment much less.
There is also the risk of an accident happening again. If the car is registered in Sweden, it would probably be collected again after a major accident. If he is registered in Poland, it would look different. However, the 9-5 is very rare there (9-3 can be seen much more often) and the residual value should therefore be assessed as low. Anyway - the Saab is no longer there and we will miss it.
We have driven over 2016 km with it since February 25.000 and have experienced a number of surprises during this time - good and bad. Several times to Germany, last summer to South Tyrol, in winter to the Swedish mountains, and this year to Trollhättan. But who knows - it doesn't have to be a farewell forever. Maybe the next Saab will come sooner than we think!
In any case, I would like to thank all the people who read and commented on my first two articles and other posts. Thank you for the interest and I hope that nobody will have such an accident as I did on 25. June 2017 experienced. This year there were already 29,486 game accidents in Sweden (source: viltolycka.se), of which 2,063 with moose and 2,354 with wild boar; the rest with deer. If you have the choice between different routes, then you should better avoid those that lead through larger forest areas. I had this choice, and I will decide differently in the future and drive even more carefully when I have to drive through forest areas.