Date: Sat, 28 Feb 1998 01:18:56 +0000
From: (Chris Hunter)
Subject: Re: Saab City in London?

In article <>, "MJ Rabin" <> wrote: >Does anyone have any experience with City Saab in London. I need to take my >car in for its 80k, and don't particularly relish being ripped off if I can >help it. Anyone know any other places to get Saabs serviced in London. The >only reply I got from my last posting was a very unhelpful, 'The Junk Yard.' > >Jeff Rabin I'm not too impressed by them. They must have the most expensive SAAB service rates in the country, but they've messed me about on two occasions (once they didn't do something which I asked them to do which resulted in an unnecessary return visit; another time when I went to them for window glass the only piece in stock turned out to be broken). These days I use Ballards of Finchley (can't remember their phone number but its in the phone book and on their Web page which is not difficult to find). Less expensive than SAAB City plus a discount scheme for older cars. They're well out of central London (on the North Circular at Coppets Wood, between Muswell Hill and Friern Barnet - don't go to the showrooms at Finchley). They are friendly (a lot less snooty than S.C.) and about as reliable as one can reasonably expect. They are also tied in with Alperton SAAB so presumably the service there is as good if you are in NW London. The best service I have ever had was from Causeway Garage in Chippenham (my local SAAB dealer before I moved to London a few years ago). Their labour rates are so much lower than London rates that driving down and staying overnight almost pays for itself. If you want a SAAB specialist who is not an authorised dealer look in Exchange and Mart - plenty of small garages seem to want your business. You may save a lot of money but I have no personal experience of any. HTH -- Chris Hunter Email replies to Return to Main Index

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