A potential consequence of Saab’s bankruptcy filing
is that owners of relatively new (or brand new) Saabs may be left without warranty coverage
. Saab North America has announced that it’s suspending warranty coverage on current vehicles and inventory left in dealer showrooms in the wake of Monday’s bankruptcy filing by Saab Automobile AB.
General Motors may offer some relief, but only to Saab owners who purchased their vehicles before February of 2010, when the brand was sold to Spyker
. GM is actively notifying these Saab customers that it will offer warranty coverage in the U.S. and Canada.The Detroit News
quoted GM spokesman Jim Cain as saying, “In the event that Saab cannot or will not fulfill its obligations to administer the warranty programs with its U.S. and Canadian dealers through Saab Cars North America or otherwise, GM will take necessary steps to ensure that remaining warranty obligations on Saab vehicles marketed by GM in the United States and Canada will be honored.”
So where does that leave Saab
owners who purchased vehicles after February of 2010? For now, at least, it leaves them out in the cold. Saab North America has suspended warranty coverage, but has not yet filed for bankruptcy on its own.
The company’s board of directors was in closed-door meetings on Tuesday, and a statement on the future of Saab North America is expected to be forthcoming. We’ll keep you updated with news as it breaks.