I’ve just learned that our local Saab dealer, Tony B, has resigned today from the Hobart Saab dealership, Motors Saab.
Saab Australia have thereby lost one of it’s best sales guys (by the numbers) and our local Saab community has lost a solid supporter and tireless worker for the Saab brand.
I’ve written about Tony numerous times on this blog. His dedication to Saab over numerous years has been an inspiration to me, personally, and to many of his customers as well. Tony was a committee member of the car club here in Tassie. He’s got Saabs in his family, too. He recently updated his 9-5 wagon and even bought a 900 for his daughter.
Tony was a Saab guy.
Under his supervision the Motors Saab dealership won a Saab Pinnacle Award a few years ago and he’s always been at the top of the sales stats for regional Saab dealerships. I came to know Tony through the car club, but he became more than our local Saab dealer, he became a mate. He was generous with his time and support and a truly knowledgeable salesman and enthusiast for the product.
Tony will apparently be taking a position with the local BMW dealership, and they’re lucky to have him. Prior to Motors taking on the Saab franchise, they were BMW dealers and Tony sold Beamers, so he’s familiar with the product.
Whilst this is disappointing news, it’s not a total surprise. Tony had related several instances to me where he felt a lack of support for Saab from the Motors heirarchy. It’s an open secret that they’re reluctantly running Saab there and their placement (read: hiding away) of Saab in the new showroom is evidence enough of that. You wouldn’t even know they’re there unless you walked into the building.
Talking with a friend and fellow Saaber today, he related how when he recently went to trade-in his 2003 9-5, Motors wouldn’t allow Tony to quote a trade-in price. He had to ring around other dealers and see what he could get for it wholesale.
That’s no way to run a railroad.
Tony, my best wishes to you and your family. You’ve been a total gentleman and Saab will be at a significant loss for your absence.
Will be in touch, mate.