Just before Christmas we get bad news from Mainz. The Autohaus Scholl, also known as Saab Zentrum Mainz, closes the doors on Friday. As a result, the brand loses a partner who has been with Saab customers for many decades.
My first visit to the Car dealership Scholl was in 7 years ago in November. The Saab Center in Mainz was our penultimate stop on ours Saab dealer tour, At that time you could see what could have been. Because at the beginning of the tour, the reaction of the customers was still restrained, so we experienced in Mainz 4 hours with full yard and great interest in the new vehicles.
It came differently, as we know. Saab left 19. December 2011 bankrupt and never came back. For partners such as the Saab Zentrum Mainz, a new phase began, with many challenges. At the beginning, it still looked as if the transformation away from the new-car business and towards restoration, young-timers and used vehicles would be handled well.
They had a good knack in trading Saab vehicles - and a large customer base. In Mainz, valuable Saabs from previous ownership and in good condition were for sale again and again. Mark bought his 9-3 Cabriolet there, and several friends found their dream Saab, some of which they still drive today. The problems, and with them the gradual decline, began with the departure of long-term employees, some of whom had shaped the company. When choosing a second manufacturer as an additional pillar, you were also not very lucky.
The originally preferred brand could not be signed. Ssangyong as an alternative, managed by a former Saab managing director, was therefore only a second choice from the start. The brand from Korea with Indian owners could not meet the expectations for the dealership in all the following years and also not compensate for the decline in the Saab business. Perhaps Ssangyong is too niche within the niche, or perhaps there are simply too few reasons to buy a vehicle of this brand.
Due to declining sales, the owners now decided to draw a line. A decades-old tradition ends tomorrow, the former Saab Center Mainz closes its gates forever. The property has already been sold, the Scholl family is withdrawing from the automotive business.
I always felt well looked after and treated in Mainz. The contact with Carsten Scholl was until very recently very pleasant. I would like to thank him and his family, on behalf of the blog team, for many years Saab loyalty and wish him all the best for the future.