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.
You had a good trade in Saab vehicles - and a large customer base. In Mainz there were always valuable Saabs from previous ownership and in good condition for sale. Mark bought his 9-3 Cabriolet there, and several friends found their dream Saab, which they still drive today. The problems, and thus the gradual descent, began with the departure of longtime employees, some of whom had helped shape the company. When choosing a second manufacturer, as an additional mainstay, you also had little luck.
The originally preferred brand could not be committed. Ssangyong as an alternative, led by a former Saab CEO, was therefore second only from the start. The brand from Korea with Indian owners could not meet the expectations for the car dealership in all the following years and could not compensate for the decline in the Saab business. Maybe Ssangyong is too niche in the niche, but maybe there are too few reasons to buy this vehicle.
Due to declining sales, the owners now decided to draw a line. A decades old tradition ends tomorrow, the former Saab Zentrum Mainz closes the gates forever. The property is already sold, the Scholl family withdraws 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.