Spring begins, and with it the season for enthusiast vehicles begins. Many Saab are leaving their winter quarters, and not so long ago there was mail from the workshops on the occasion. Special promotions were tempting and the hint that it was time for a review. That is past. I can't find a letter from my workshop in the mailbox. I kind of miss that.
The absence of the post is annoying in two ways. After 2011, the commercial was always an indication that Saab still existed and that the brand had not been completely wiped out. And right now, in times of the pandemic, such an indication would be particularly valuable. Because after more than a year, enriched with lockdown and contact restrictions, many companies are threatened with extinction.
In the beginning, the Saab workshops got through the crisis quite well. Because Saab drivers are loyal, they usually value what they have. Saab as a safe bank and as a revenue generator that went on for a long time. But now things are getting tight for many customers too. Self-employed, artists, smaller businesses, many are now feeling the effects. Not all, because there are also the profiteers who get rich in the pandemic. But a not so small group fights, mostly alone.
As a result, savings are made. The engine control light, which used to be a reason to drive to the workshop, is now left burning. As long as the car is driving, you save and see that you can somehow get through this time. These customers are currently missing from the workshops. The reluctance and the duration of the crisis make the situation for some companies more difficult from month to month.
The problem: If the air runs out, a restart is almost unlikely.
What is gone once stays away. In times of the mobility transition and the state propagated urge to use electric cars, every investment and a new start are carefully considered. In case of doubt, and the doubts will prevail, let it be.
Acting now is important
It is important to preserve what keeps our vehicles on the road. Saab workshops and their competence are indispensable for this. There is no alternative, as they say in politics. Right now, after the winter, which has traditionally been weak, they need our support.
What can you do?
Preferring planned investments would be a good way to go. A new soft top for the convertible, a new paint job for the station wagon, whatever is planned for this year, it might be possible to get it started now. Not just in summer, not maybe in autumn. Timing is important so that the workshops have full order books and more air to breathe.
Plan your visit now, not in May or June. Prefer an investment now if it is feasible. Put your planning for 2022 on this year, start a small, private economic stimulus program. Your Saab workshop will be happy and both sides will win as a result.
Because what you are doing today ensures the possibility that there will be a knowledgeable screwdriver for your Saab nearby even after the pandemic.