So you’ve fallen in love with your stylish Saab 900 … what’s not to love, right?

Saab Automobile produced the Saab 900 from 1978 to 1998 in two generations. The first generation (1978-1993) is recognized as the “classic,” while the 1994-to-1998 models are referred to as the “new generation.”

 The 900 “classic” was built on the Saab 99 chassis, but with a longer front end to meet United States frontal-crash regulations. The 900 was manufactured in two- and four-door sedans, and three- and five-door hatchback models. Saab started producing cabriolet – or convertible – models in 1986.

 As a labor of love, you’re determined to restore your 900. Since a Saab mechanic isn’t available to help you around the clock, you’ve decided to take matters into your own hands. You have all the vital information; now all you need now are the necessary components.

Contact a Saab mechanic. A Saab-certified technician can tell you where to buy the best parts. Most Saab dealerships have parts departments that stock original Saab car parts. Saab parts cost more than aftermarket parts, so you should find out if the parts need to come from Saab.

Get in touch with a Saab club. Saab aficionados are always happy to help do-it-yourselfers. Contact a local club or contact one online. Perhaps you can find someone who has bought the Saab car parts you need and can tell you best place to buy them.

Identify your part numbers. If you’re shopping for aftermarket parts, you need to know precisely what Saab car parts you need. If you don’t have a part number or name, talk to a mechanic or refer to a mechanic’s manual for your Saab’s specific model and year.

Compare prices. Be cautious about buying the lowest-priced parts. This may work for a Ford, but a Saab is a different class of vehicle. Any Saab mechanic will tell you: legitimate Saab parts are actually the only dependable components to use. Locate used parts if cost is a major concern, but be sure you get the real thing.