Saab Zentrum Mainz closes forever

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.

A decades old Saab tradition ends tomorrow
A decades old Saab tradition ends tomorrow

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.

Saab Zentrum Mainz during the dealer tour 2011
Saab Zentrum Mainz during the dealer tour 2011

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.

14 thoughts on "Saab Zentrum Mainz closes forever"

  • No no, you are definitely not political enough - unlike, for example, the lobbyists of the German automotive industry, the large petrol station operating companies, the mineral oil industry, the electricity companies, our nice contacts with the Saudis, etc. pp. and their respective counterparts and business associates in the parties. Have I forgotten someone?

  • Coal

    A SAAB center is closing in Mainz and funding is now stopped in Germany. I desperately try to figure it out, but I don't quite succeed ...

    SAAB had BioPower (E85) on the market, experimented with E100, put prototypes of (BioPower) hybrids and e-vehicles on the wheels. If you can not blame one of these small and fine brands, it's because they've been too focused on fossil fuels and have thought too little about the future.

    In view of the funding stop, however, politicians also claim that they cannot or should not be accused of this kind ...

    Hard coal and SAAB, how does that work? I can not find anything in common. And yet SAAB and E85 were politically shorn with the coal over a crest. Quite as if a BioPower or even a BioPower hybrid would eventually run on hard coal and steam.

    My limited intellect can not find an answer as to why it should or should be so, as it is. I'm probably not political enough, otherwise I might think the answer?

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  • Hello Ken-Daniel
    Since I have the Lexus only briefly, I can not say much about him yet. Saab is and remains my passion. But my example shows that over time it becomes more difficult to use a Saab in everyday business.
    I've had all the Saab except for the sonnet. And I will continue to be loyal to Saab

  • A closure is always sad, sad also that just before Christmas the employees become unemployed. We Saabfahrer must therefore all the more support our remaining workshops, so that we can continue to drive the cars.

  • Would you like to write a little blog post about the Lexus? I hope there can also be contributions from other brands here. Would it be interesting what a Saab driver thinks about Lexus so far? What is better, what is worse, etc ...

  • What a shame, a shame, a shame. I bought my first Saab at Scholl in 1992. 5-door, implanted red, Nardi wooden steering wheel, sunroof - a dream. Then, as the family grew, a white 9000 with Ermenegildo Zegna seat covers. Cool in summer, cool in winter. This carriage too - a dream. And Scholl is a strong, fair and competent partner. That's how they go, the old idealists. I just hope that somebody, someday, our sweetheart is still waiting - expertly - to repair it.

  • Sad message …

    It stimulates the thoughts. Also positive. It's amazing that such news has not been on the SAAB ticker at least once a year for years.

    Many SAAB retailers seem to have a knack for new business or a second brand, and a great deal of enthusiasm and solidarity with the SAAB brand is also at stake.

    But even if a SAAB center closes, it does not have to mean the end of good SAAB service for the region. Business tasks (for reasons of age or whatever) of car dealerships are not an exclusive SAAB topic. I know at least two cases where one or two employees have taken over technical documents, the customer file, remaining stocks of spare parts and important tools in order to be competent as "free" specialists of the other Swedish brand regional service without trading in new cars in a smaller property and to continue profitably.

    It would be great if the successor in Mainz would be similar. At least it would be better than nothing ...

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  • That's the way things are going. Too bad for the Saabgemeinde in and around Mainz. But let's face it. From a business point of view, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the remaining Saabists. And no one can survive on the restoration alone today. I wish the Scholl family all the best. The memories of the good days with Saab will always be remembered.
    Now it has also caught me that I had to change the brand for everyday use. The market with Saab vehicles has been strained for some time. Either there is nuclear scrap or completely exaggerated price expectations. Since I drive about 80000km in the year now came my first (foreign) car in the garage. It is a Lexus. Also a great car. But there will always be a Saab in my garage and in my heart. Either as 2 or 3 cart. I just can not let go of this brand.
    I wish all Saabiisten a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • I was a customer at the Autohaus Scholl. I bought my current 9-3 (2006) there and always had it serviced and repaired. Many thanks to all employees and all the best for the future.

  • It's just a shame for every workshop that is no longer available. just like every Saab that comes to an end ...
    Nevertheless, I wish you all a Merry Christmas

  • What a shame… at the same time respect for this radial end closure. The decision was certainly difficult ... What will the MA do, they get good new areas of responsibility, etc.
    THANK YOU to the Scholl family for their dedication to a very special car brand from the far north of Europe! 🙂
    All the best for your future with stable health!
    ... and stay true to the blog! 😉

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  • The garage HP Buser must not disappear from the Saab map. I bring all my Saab there to the service and more. I actually would not know where to go with my good, well-maintained vehicles, but think the HP.Buser will be around for a long time and with her also the Paasion for Saab.

    This with Mainz is of course a shame, but just the course of the (most good) things.

    Happy holidays to all and greetings from Switzerland

  • I was there then, sat in both cars for rehearsal, was looking forward to what was to come. Maybe it would have become the 9-5 station wagon. Unfortunately history with the well-known sad end.

  • I just hope that the fate of Scholl garage HP Buser AG in Augst, where I always wait for my convertible and repair if necessary, will be spared.

    If the garage closed the gates, this probably meant the end of my great time with my Saab!

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