It’s been a seriously difficult time recently for SAAB dealers, do they become extinct, or do they adapt and change?
Ever since I’ve owned SAABs, they’ve been looked after by Bond Street Saab; amazing people who live and breathe Saab, but last year, their home for many years suffered a fire and they relocated to a temporary location. At the time they were still selling a selection of Saab and Mitsubishi, but over Christmas, they officially closed.
That’s the bad news, the good (or should I say great) news is that this morning, I’ve dropped off my 9-3 for its second service – at Bond Street Car Service. It’s official, Bond Street have launched a brand spanking new, authorised Saab Service Centre, fastidiously set up in an immaculate new workshop, and things are sounding pretty exciting.
The original team is still in place, meaning their Saab experience is second to none, they’ve never failed to impress me with their knowledge and helpfulness. But for the moment, rather than selling cars, they’re channelling all of their passion into servicing, maintaining and repairing some of the much loved 188,000 Saabs here in the UK. They also still provide Hirsch upgrades and performance mods (which is pretty important to me).
Being an authorised Saab Service Centre, the costs are set, the service items and parts are 100% genuine Saab and they have ample parking to play host to our beloved Saabs (maybe the perfect place to hold a small meet in the future too).
There’s one more great piece of news, I didn’t just get any meagre loan car, I got a 2006 Saab 9-5 TiD, and just to prove yet another reliability point here, it’s covered 150,000+ miles, looks immaculate, drives beautifully, and will become a High Mile Club guest car very soon.
Bond Street have chosen to adapt and change, and I’m sure they’ll make plenty of local Saab owners very happy over the next few years and will soon build a loyal following. Well done Bond Street.
Bond Street Car Service
Unit 38, Coal Cart Road The Interchange, Birstall
Leicester LE4 3BY
0116 366 0500
More info and links to come soon.