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Saab Parts UK expands into used car operations

Saab Parts UK will launch a new national broker service for the pricing and placement of used Saab vehicles on August 1.

The brokerage facility for Saab trade enquiries will be administered by a dedicated Saab used car expert based at Saab Parts UK’s HQ in Cranfield.

Matt Bateman, used vehicle manager, will work directly with selling dealers to match cars to a buyer offering the highest price from the national network of 88 Saab authorised repairers.

The brokerage service will work with the Saab network to identify interested buyers for the car and secure an underwrite bid within 24 hours. The UK Saab Broker contacts the trade customer with the highest bid offered and the buyer’s details. The trade customer and Saab network buyer then finalise the sale and payment. UK Saab Broker charges a sale commission of £100 to both the seller and buyer.

Corin Richards, managing director of Saab Parts UK, said: “Following the demise of Saab at the end of last year there has been some uncertainty in the trade in how to value a Saab, which has made part exchanges difficult.

“This new service we are offering will remove any uncertainty that may remain in the Saab used car market, as we will provide a true market valuation to the Saab seller and find them an interested buyer from our national network of 88 service centres.

“Our network of authorised repairers around the UK is always on the lookout for quality used Saabs and this new service will put buyers and sellers in touch with each other, thus ensuring that there is a consistent supply of Saabs on its forecourts available for customers to purchase.”

Richards believes Saab Parts UK’s expansion into used car operations demonstrates how the business is evolving into more than just a parts company.

He said: “Having successfully helped GMAC to clear its stock of 800 used Saabs in the first six months of 2012, we know the new broker service will be beneficial to all parties.”

There is a Saab vehicle parc of 188,000 in the UK which Richards believes still makes a “clear business case” for used car sales and servicing.

Dealer/trade customer disposing of a used Saab can get in touch with the UK Saab broker via email saab.broker@parts.saab.com



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