Lynn Thompson has a dilemma. He has seven new Saabs at his dealership in Springfield, Mo., but he's not sure he can sell any of them.
"I don't know what to do right now," says Thompson, general manager at Saab of Southwest Missouri. "I don't know how I can sell a brand-new car to somebody and not be able to tell them I can get parts for it."
Like other Saab dealers around the country, Thompson is closely watching Saab's financial situation.
Last week the Swedish carmaker, which is owned by the Dutch sports car company Spyker Cars NV, was scrambling to secure financing to remain afloat.
Saab is trying to release some of the collateral pledged against state-guaranteed loans to meet unpaid supplier bills and return to production, a Swedish business daily reported Friday. Saab would use the collateral for new loans to cover its liquidity needs.
The production stoppage ran into a fourth day on Friday with suppliers saying they have large unpaid bills. The company says it hopes to resume production early next week.
In a statement last week Saab said the recent production interruptions are caused by "shortages in material shipments related to the tight liquidity situation currently experienced by Saab Automobile AB in Sweden."
Ray Ciccolo -- owner of two Boston-area Saab dealerships, including Charles River Saab, the oldest Saab dealership in America -- is trying to remain hopeful.
"They've got the new 9-4 crossover coming over. And next year they're coming out with the new 9-3," he said. "This is the most new product Saab has had in decades."
Ciccolo is one of a group of dealers who will meet with Saab CEO Victor Muller at the New York auto show this month. He said the dealers will be looking for reassurances from Muller about Saab's future.
Said Ciccolo: "It almost feels like we've been here before."