The government encourages new car purchases? We are against it! Preserving old cars, taking care of them and using them is sustainable. An opinion that is against the mainstream. A complicated undertaking. A conservative attitude in the best sense that almost sounds like left-wing politics. Sustainability is good. Sometimes she needs some tailwind.
Anyone who still drives a Saab today usually does so as a private person. Business vehicles and high annual mileage are likely to be the absolute exception. The average mileage A privately used car in the Federal Republic has been fluctuating between 10 and 15.000 kilometers for years. Is it worth buying a new car?
Or is it better to use a car for 20 years and more? 15-20% of the CO2 emissions the entsteh already during production, 1% for recycling. If you drive a car for 20 years instead of renewing the leasing contract every 3 years, you save 6 to 7 new cars. Pretty simple calculation to worry about. Jobs are also created in the many years of use. Not primarily in the corporations, but in medium-sized car companies that take care of maintenance and upkeep during this time.
Of course, this model is not suitable for a majority or for politics. Our system is mercilessly calibrated for new goods, and if a significant part of the population would take a different path, it would have serious consequences. Maybe even good ones, because instead of investing in a new car every 3 years, the money saved could flow into alternative, really sustainable ideas. But this experiment will never happen.
Old cars and psychology
Away from the framework conditions, towards psychology. Driving old cars has a lot to do with it. The neighbors' envy for the new car, which one shouldn't have afforded, is eliminated. The mileage increases and increases, which primarily has a strange effect in Germany. Over 100.000 on the counter is considered a concern among buyers of new cars. 200.000 are already tending towards the descent. Astronomical is the half a million that only the very hard accept as maturation and not as a sign of aging.
I think almost 10 years after Saab left the group of active automakers, a little tailwind is helpful. Sustainability, a long holding period, using a product for longer - that should be recognized. In the early days of automobility, manufacturers rewarded high mileage. There was then a badge on the bow - as recognition that you had survived 100.000 kilometers with your unspeakably loud, thirsty and uncomfortable Beetle. A pat on the back for man and machine.
All manufacturers did that because 100.000 kilometers were once a landmark. It was not always the engines that painted the sails beforehand. Often enough the body didn't survive and crumbled gently in the wind. Times changed, technology became more durable, the badges disappeared almost everywhere. But not quite! Because in Germany a Japanese brand still honors the high mileage.
We found a club
High mileage means sustainability. It is not primarily about the fact that old cars develop character and their own charm over time. Everyone has to figure this out for themselves. But, according to the idea, collecting kilometers should be fun and also documented externally. What do you do in such a case?
We're founding a club for everyone who, contrary to the mainstream, cherishes, nurtures and moves their old Swedes. The Saab High Mileage Club is coming! For cars from Trollhättan with high mileage. Really with a certificate, logo and everything that goes with it. The project was delayed by Corona, now it is ready to start.
I will tell you in the next few days how this came about and what the considerations and difficulties behind it were. Then we go online and are ready to register!