Saab owners who have been nervous about warranty service can breathe a little easier. Saab Automobile Parts North America, a company established to provide genuine Saab parts after the manufacturer went down like aquavit at a Swedish midsummer festival, reached an agreement with General Motors to provide warranty administration and related services through Saab’s network of Warranty Service Providers for model year 2009 and prior Saab vehicles still covered under the GM limited warranty.
The agreement means that owners will be able to take their Saab cars covered under the agreement to any of 179 SPNA warranty service providers to have warranty work completed on their car.
SPNA is the USA subsidiary of Saab Automobile Parts AB, formed to supply Saab owners around the world with a full range of “professionally delivered aftersales services,” including as its name suggests parts. Saab has an agreement, for example, to use Saab’s press and body shop plant to manufacture replacement body parts. Saab Automobile Parts also acquired a large number of fully assembled parts and other Saab components.
Warranty administration services had been provided by General Motors, but the transfer to SPNA took place on December 17, 2012, and covers all of the United States and Canada. The terms of the original manufacturer limited warranty coverage will continue, and scheduled maintenance, roadside assistance, loaner vehicle allowances and certified pre-owned coverage remain in effect.
Depending on date of purchase—and some Saabs sat on dealer lots for a long time—the actual number of cars covered will be relatively small. Models sold in 2008, for example, are reaching five years old, and Saab cars in 2008 had a 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranty, but also a ten-year/unlimited mile corrosion warranty.
The individuals who own a late model Saab, or any Saab for that matter, can find an official Saab Warranty Service Provider on the SPNA website.
Not covered by this agreement, however, are 2010 and 2011 Saabs, those few built after Saab started building cars in the brief post-GM era. However, all’s not lost for them. SPNA will be launching a “Saab Secure” program in early 2013 to provide limited service support for the Saab 9-5 and 9-4X models that made it into the country and were sold. Warranties had previously been suspended.