While I would consider myself a car enthusiast, it’s not in the way of owning vehicles with large engines and high price tags.  This story is about my Saab.  Since a kid I’ve been fascinated with design, power, feel, and the sound of vehicles.  I’ve gone to many car shows with friends and family and enjoy the atmosphere and personality of the industry.  In general, there is a uniqueness among car people that is inviting and fun to be around.

There are car clubs in nearly all forms – BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Jeep, Mustang, Porsche, muscle cars, euro cars, car mods, you name it… and many are organized non-profits run by volunteers that benefit their communities in some way. So that feels good.  Here locally, Rolling into Roanoke has many community beneficiaries.

Some of my favorite drives have been to car events and even better with nowhere to go with one of my kids – for a long talk, for an afternoon drive to enjoy the fall leaves, even for a late night run to the store.  I’ve even run out of gas, running from appointment to appointment too busy to take care of what I should.  That day it was as if my Saab pulled me in and said “slow down there big fella and take a break.” It was right, I needed to pay attention to the things I ought to!

I’ve always noticed cars and their types, the brands, and styles.  Not everyone is like that, the ones that do are usually some form of car enthusiast.  Growing up we had a family friend that had a red Saab 900 “Classic.”  It looked quirky and I loved it.  It inspired me.  He was a successful businessman.  I had dreams of becoming a successful businessman.  Match made.

Fast forward to a time of transition of my work life as an employee of a billion dollar insurance company to jumping into ownership in a local insurance agency.  With five kids in the house, my wife and I talked about trading my six speed Mercedes to one she was more comfortable driving when I was driving the family mover.  I found a gem in the 2010 Saab 9-5 Aero, a cream puff of a car with one prior owner.  It’s all the quirky personality I expected with that brilliant Saab design too.  Mine is 1 of 3,419 imported that year and 1 of 137 in my color, carbon grey.  These are car people stats.  For perspective there were 327,553 Toyota Camry’s sold in the USA in 2010.

While my identity is wrapped up in a deeper faith in Jesus, I do love the car piece of my life.  You’ll see in the pictures my 9-5 in the parking lot solo.  It’s a bleak looking photo, kind of dreary and dark, but I won’t forget it.  It was a Friday, late, I was the only one in the whole building finishing up work for a new client.  Who is happy to be in the office late on a Friday?  Somehow I was.  As I was leaving it echoed childhood dreams of “successful businessman” coming out to my Saab.

I don’t think I’m the only person out there that thinks the same things.

Some of us remember doing ridiculous things in the car as a teenager, or riding around with Dad, or washing the family car, or smelling the carburetor fumes of old, or seeing grandpa change his oil, or as a child touching the curves of your dream car.  The stories to be told.   Actually they are endless and they are told by car people.  Everywhere.

Jeremy Hyde | Colligan & Company

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  1. Henry November 12, 2020 at 3:25 am - Reply

    I have a number of collector cars so I appreciated this story and I’m glad I found it. Hagerty insurance is one of the better insurance companies out there, I didn’t know about the other companies that will also do it well.

  2. Mia November 13, 2020 at 1:31 am - Reply

    I love Saabs and other fun cars like Alfa Romeo. The car community is interesting and I think local independent agents serve them better than the big name brands people hear about on tv.

  3. Natalie S November 13, 2020 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    That was a fun story about your car, Saab’s have a unique design. A lot of car companies have lost a real flare of good design.

  4. Sandy Willis November 13, 2020 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    I have had many Volvos over the years and love their design. Saabs too.

  5. Paul November 14, 2020 at 4:08 am - Reply

    I’ve known some people that had Saab’s and loved them, glad you liked yours too

  6. Eric November 14, 2020 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Collector cars can be expensive but they also bring a lot of people happiness. Thanks for sharing your Saab story

  7. Ulga Philips November 14, 2020 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    I have a Saab 93 convertible, love it

  8. Jeremy Shandy November 14, 2020 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    I love Saabs, cool cars. I really love cars

  9. Will Sanderson November 15, 2020 at 3:14 am - Reply

    You car story is great. Saab design is legendary. Reliability speculative :)

  10. Frank November 15, 2020 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Good Saab story, nice little pun you made there. I have an old Ford Mustang I have great stories to tell…

  11. Nicole Myers November 15, 2020 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your Saab story, I loved it. I have a few stories from my Volvo, Saab, and Mercedes as well! :)

  12. Aaron Samuelson November 15, 2020 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Saab cars are too cool

  13. Sarah November 15, 2020 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    I love car stories and glad I ran into your Saab story. I wonder how many people love their cars, like as in really love them. I’m sure you help a lot of people of collector cars too

  14. Erik November 16, 2020 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    I have a Porsche 944 Turbo and love it, maybe like you love your Saab

  15. Saynor November 19, 2020 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Saab are unique cars… expensive to fix and expensive now to find replacement parts!

  16. Paris Hamilton November 22, 2020 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    That Saab really should be on a collector car!

  17. Stephen P November 24, 2020 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Nice Saab story!

    • CAMERON AUJUARD November 4, 2021 at 4:09 am - Reply

      …It’s a social collective of people who share and have the same experiences, dreams, and mindset. Saab is not just a brand of car, it’s a way of thinking, being, and existing. That is what makes a true culture of social Saabism and those who own, drive…and love the Saab brand are true Saabist at heart!

      C.S.B. Aujuard, a 2011/12 Saab 9-5 owner.
      Sacramento, Cali.

  18. Mandy Woodruff November 25, 2020 at 2:07 am - Reply

    I really love car stories. I agree Saab’s are unique and well designed! Very similar styling to Volvo

  19. Paul Cope November 29, 2020 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing Jeremy, I have quite a few “cool” car stories myself.

  20. Frank November 30, 2020 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Nice car story

  21. Kelly Muffin December 2, 2020 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Collector cars are awesome but you have to love them because they are also a pain

  22. Erica Sanders December 8, 2020 at 1:39 am - Reply

    Thanks Jeremy, good job :)

  23. Sandy December 8, 2020 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    I have a Ferrari story to tell!

  24. Matt December 8, 2020 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, thats cool

  25. Phil December 8, 2020 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    I have a fun story in my F100!

  26. Erik Wenson December 9, 2020 at 12:55 am - Reply

    I have a great Fiero story

  27. Edgar December 9, 2020 at 5:48 am - Reply

    I have a great Corvette story

  28. Paul December 9, 2020 at 7:24 am - Reply

    good story, I’ll have to tell you about my Camaro story

  29. Micky December 9, 2020 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Thanks for letting me know about your happy Saab story

  30. Joe December 9, 2020 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Saabs are definitely a classic

  31. Sarah December 9, 2020 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    That’s a fun car story. Thanks

  32. Erik Williams December 9, 2020 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Love the Saab story

  33. Tristen O December 10, 2020 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Go cool cars

  34. Dave December 25, 2020 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    I love car stories

  35. Maddy January 12, 2021 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    I like hearing these car stories, that’s how you found you on the internet!
    Madella Gratt

  36. AWT January 12, 2021 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic post. Much thanks again. Awesome. Anastasia Wake Takeo

  37. Ali W January 13, 2021 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Thanks for the article, love it

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    Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful article. Many thanks for providing this. Alyda Sigismundo Matless

  40. Patty January 14, 2021 at 1:43 am - Reply

    Saabs really are a classic car, good story. Patty Sanders Luthanen

  41. Torey January 16, 2021 at 11:52 pm - Reply

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  46. Brodie January 19, 2021 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Great Saab story! :) Brodie Derina

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  49. Sarai February 1, 2021 at 6:08 am - Reply

    I have some fun car stories I have picked up along the way too. Sarai

  50. Rose February 1, 2021 at 8:57 am - Reply

    We love this Saab post, Rosemarie & Mike Veleda

  51. Yezzy M February 9, 2021 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    I like that, no sob story lol

  52. Brad B February 9, 2021 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Car stories are great, this is nicec

  53. Chris Williams February 11, 2021 at 1:29 am - Reply

    This is a fun story, you should do more

  54. Jon Richards February 12, 2021 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    What about some of those old Volvos? Those were some cool designs too

  55. Kendra February 14, 2021 at 5:08 am - Reply

    Thanks for the fun story, it was pretty cute

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    That’s a fun blog, way to incorporate personal stuff, car stuff, insurance stuff…

  57. Kendra February 17, 2021 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Some people really love their cars, I wonder why, just expensive transportation

  58. Brandon February 17, 2021 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Fun story, I have some fun stories with my 76 Corvette

  59. Paul February 23, 2021 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Hello, Saabs just have that flair that not very many auto makers have been able to make. Glad you got to taste it. Keep writing, you do a good job with it

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  66. Ryan April 26, 2021 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    That’s fun, good blog on your personal experience. Cars do bring people together

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  72. Brogan Horn June 23, 2021 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Good story. Lucky me I reach on your website by accident, I bookmarked it.

  73. Mark Treston July 10, 2021 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I still have Saabs. Two 2011 9-5 Aero and on 9-4x. Still the most unique design out there

  74. Sukhi J July 28, 2021 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Great read. I have a 2011 Saab 95 Aero, attracted by its unique design – it looks like nothing else on the road. It drives well also! Just a shame that Saab didn’t get the chance develop this car further, a few tweaks and this car could have been a world beater!

    • Jeremy Hyde July 28, 2021 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      I absolutely agree. The design from 2011 still holds up too! Glad to see another big fan! :)

  75. Cristopher Pham August 30, 2021 at 10:29 am - Reply

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  76. Bill December 12, 2021 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    These are great cars… were… should have never stopped making them

  77. Terry December 12, 2021 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    The real sob story here is the totaled out 2000 9-5 Saab that was bought new by my mom and hit by a stolen pkp in Denver on Thanksgiving 2021.
    My son inherited the car and is left without a car that was in excellent condition with 82k miles…
    A sad end to a great car.
    Maybe the Saab will become an organ donor but will never be replaced and driven again.

    • Jeremy Hyde December 14, 2021 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      Yes, that is a Sob story! And too often a Saab story these days! Thank you for sharing

      • Terry December 17, 2021 at 2:39 am - Reply

        My mother loved the Saab.
        She was a Montana country girl and definitely pushed the limits of the 9-5. It was a great ride.

  78. Randy May 24, 2022 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Terrific article! That is the kind of info that are supposed to be shared across the internet. Disgrace on the search engines for now not positioning
    this put up higher! I love Saabs, Thanks =)

  79. Ryan May 24, 2022 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Fun car article, just what I needed.

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