Launching August 1, 2012, the unique brokerage facility for Saab trade enquiries will be administered by a dedicated and highly experienced Saab used car expert based at Saab Parts UK’s HQ in Cranfield.
Matt Bateman, used vehicle manager, will work directly with selling dealers (trade) to ensure they get the best and true valuation of the Saab they are part exchanging, and matching the car to a buyer offering the highest price from the national network of 88 Saab Authorised Repairers.
UK Saab Broker works through instant access to known buyers and specialists of used Saabs across the country and can quickly match vehicles to the right place for re-sale.
The process begins with the dealer or trade customer disposing of a used Saab who contacts UK Saab Broker. The operation will then confirm key vehicle details to determine an accurate market estimate (e.g. Model Year, specification and condition).
UK Saab Broker will work with the Saab network to identify interested buyers for the car and secure an underwrite bid within 24 hours, and then contacts the trade customer with the highest bid offered and the buyer’s details.
The trade customer and Saab network buyer finalise the sale and payment, and 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.
‘This expansion of the Saab Parts UK business into used car operations demonstrates the UK business is evolving into more than just a parts company. 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.’