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Why Saturn Owners Will Out on Warranty Repairs: Analysis

is no more. but that doesn’t that the 350 or so dealers and all their just disappear. If you want a new and can’t resist fire-sale remember that your and every other Saturn will be gone within a probably sooner. Here are options on keeping your old or Saturn up and running.

As the new GM has begun to its four core brands, Cadillac, Buick and GMC, in the post-recession, there was a glimmer of for some of the assets the corporation had aside. Yes Pontiac, one of GM’s storied brands is truly But Saab has been purchased by supercar maker Koenigsegg, was bought by China ‘s Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Company and up until recently, was to be marketed by Roger Penske.

But as the news broke last that Penske pulled out of with GM on the eve of inking the deal, the brand—GM’s bold experiment the 1980s—folded. Penske had been in with Renault-Nissan to supply for the Saturn Channel. But he was unable to cut deal. Without a commitment someone, anyone, to supply for Saturn after GM winds production of the vehicles at the end of the product in a couple of years, there be no future for Saturn.

Right there are no Saturn-branded vehicles down the line, and GM has about a supply. GM has given Saturn a year to close down, or at remove the Saturn signage the stores. They’ll be paid an amount of money to close the

So, a good number of the 350 or so remaining dealers are either going out of business or converting the facility to something else. Kia is targeting dealers with sweet deals. There are plenty of cars to hawk nowadays,

Business is business.

But what’s to happen to the millions of Saturn out there? Who’s going to fix Specifically, who’s going to fix all of the new many still unsold, are still under warranty?

GM CEO Fritz Henderson has told (and Pontiac) owners they can take their car to any GM for repair. Call me a skeptic, but I believe the transition will be smooth.


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Penske’s takeover of only fell through the last few days, and we have begun to work out how we’ll the new circumstances, says GM spokesman for and parts operation John Right now, the only repair option for Saturn whose local retailer has or is going to close is to take car to another Saturn retailer. if the nearest Saturn store is of miles away, he says, really the only viable

So what will happen all the Saturn dealers close? Our is to identify other GM dealers, set up with the tooling, infrastructure and their mechanics to work on product. About 70 percent of the on Saturns are unique, so those will have to be available at selected dealers.

Okay, so in a few months they’ll sort out the and train the mechanics, but there’s another problem. Warranty and the sales of warranty parts are far profitable for the dealer than parts and service. Odds few dealers will want to on such a losing proposition.

couldn’t provide any timeline for warranty service will be at other GM dealerships, nor information on how dealers will be empowered to for the customers of nearly 500 defunct service departments.

Even if GM’s Henderson that dealers will to work on lame-duck Saturns, he can’t make it stick, due to the agreements the dealers have in Those franchise laws are in all 50 states, making for a passel of that wouldn’t be resolved for

Bottom line: If you want a new and can’t resist fire-sale remember that your and every other Saturn will be gone within a probably sooner. GM is promising to your car running, but your will be limited, and the dealership you your vehicle to may not exactly be in a to do the repairs and will probably only a few parts on hand. emptor.

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