Date: Sat, 13 Nov 1999 15:07:18 -0800
From: "Paul Geller" <>
Subject: Re: Saab Dealer

I bought three SAABs from Dietmar Burkhardt at B&B over the years, and they are a fine bunch of folks with a lot of integrity. They always let me test drive alone, and yes, I probably left my license for them so they could find me if I skipped. I remember the first time I bought a car from them (a new 79 Turbo), he said to take it for a few hours to give it a good evaluation! Try that at the Chevy dealer; they put a commissioned idiot in the car with you to tell you what you are finding out. Were I the dealer, I would use the license info to send you info and promo correspondence in the future, as well as have some comfort that you would return from your test drive. I agree that there are not enough SAAB dealers for convenience (here in Portland, we have two, both equally inconvenient for me, but that's the price of driving such a unique car. Get over it. pg Scott C <> wrote in message news:382cdbe0$0$ > I live in the San Jose area of California. There is only one Saab dealer in > this area, B&B Saab I think it's called. I went in to drive the Aero and > they wanted to make a copy of my drivers license. I told them I do not allow > this, but was happy to show them my license. They told me I could not drive > the car w/o making a copy of my license. I calmly left w/o driving the car. > > Here are my concerns... only 1 dealer in the bay area. BMW has 3 I think - > as do most others.. San Jose, Fremont, Hayward, Hillsdale, ... Saab only 1. > This dealer is about 40 minutes from my home and it's the closest one. Given > all the competition out there (and please don't tell me the Aero is "one of > a kind" and better than all others) the turning away of potential buyers > does not make sense to me. After leaving, I was thinking, I really don't > want to travel all that way anyway to get service... it's a pain. They are > not alone, Volvo is the same, but here there was no copying of my license, > just get in and drive... and very nice folks. But Volvo is even a little > farther than the Saab dealer. > > Anyone know what's with copying the drivers license? I think there is to > much info there to just give out to drive a car. I have no issue showing it > to the manager / salesman, but letting them make a copy to keep... not for > me. > > Scott > > > >

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