Saab still alive and well at New Jersey dealership, from Auto Blog.
We all know the Saab story: a niche automaker that just couldn’t last in the quickening pace of an increasingly competitive industry, despite its loyal following. But just because the automaker has all but completely disappeared, it doesn’t mean that the loyal following has as well. In fact Saab Automobiles Parts North America estimates there are some 450,000 Saabs still in use in the United States, and many of them are still die-hard brand faithful who are adamantly clinging to the bankrupt brand they love. And many of those loyal customers are still finding a home at Park Avenue Saab in Maywood, NJ.
Although the Park Avenue Auto Group operates Acura, BMW and Lotus franchises, it hasn’t given up on Saab just because the company isn’t making any new cars anymore. Instead it’s set up shop in an old Suzuki showroom and is building a growing list of Saab customers across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – parts of that list acquired from other, closed Saab dealers in the region.
The dealership stocks spare parts and is ready to perform whatever service and maintenance existing Saab owners might need, but it’s also still buying and selling Saabs: used models with low mileage and manufactured as close as possible to the end of production in 2011. So when an owner of an old Saab is ready to trade up, the dealership has something to offer. And many of those loyal customers, according to Automotive News, are willing to pay top dollar rather than switch to another brand.