Is Saab becoming more and more of a seasonal product? A friend tried to get a workshop appointment for his Saab 9-3 Cabriolet a few days ago. He learned that an inspection at the authorized Saab Service would be possible in September at the earliest. A waiting period of 2 months - and not acceptable to him. He refused. An isolated case? Where are the alternatives and how do you plan your workshop appointments sensibly?
Of course, you can go to another workshop. There's one at my hangar around the corner. She does a lot of work that is not necessarily Saab specific. A few weeks ago I had a minor mishap with my 9-3 Aero. The front bumper had involuntary contact with the ground. The workshop around the corner fixed that quickly and cheaply. No waiting time, quick appointments, good work.
It wouldn't be a real alternative for my friend's 9-3 Cabriolet. Here the priorities are elsewhere. The Saab is a definite lover object. The Saab stamp in the checkbook counts a lot, which is really 100% Saab except for one entry. It should stay that way, actually.
The alternative would be to overturn the inspection, which does not really play a role given the low mileage. And then to wait patiently for the month of September until the authorized Saab workshop has time. About choosing a non-branded workshop. After all, oil changes go everywhere and specific material for inspection can often be brought with you on request.
Saab as seasonal goods
Another friend has been doing it for years with his Saab 9-5 OG. He orders everything that is needed for the inspection Skandix. Filters, seals, spark plugs, as the case may be. The independent workshop around the corner is allowed to deliver the engine oil and other fluids, as well as the work.
This is how he controls what is being built. Appointments are made on call, there are no waiting times. And both sides are satisfied.
I myself relocate my plannable workshop visits mainly to the cold season. Because Saab is becoming more and more seasonal. A development that is no longer reversible and that means that many workshops get too much work in the summer.
With the resulting long waiting times, while the winter half-year could often bring more orders.
Independent workshops or authorized Saab partners
What is the current situation with readers? Are long waiting times the exception in summer, or are they now the rule? And is the inspection and necessary maintenance work carried out by an authorized Saab partner, or do the majority trust independent workshops and screwdrivers with Saab experience?
Or is it the case that screwing is done on your own, the oil change and all work is done in the garage or carport at home and workshops are no longer so important? Vote and write your opinion!
Seasonal goods - are there long waiting times for a workshop appointment in summer?
- No, that has never happened before (53% 245 Votes)
- Yes, I've seen that before (47% 219 Votes)
Total Voters: 464
Saab partner, independent workshop, screw it yourself
- I primarily trust an authorized Saab (Orio) partner (52% 342 Votes)
- A free workshop takes care of my Saab (36% 236 Votes)
- I do almost everything myself on my Saab (8% 55 Votes)
- A workshop chain (Bosch, ATU) takes care of it (4% 26 Votes)
- A Saab is robust and does not need any maintenance (0% 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 661