How long will SOL & SKY body parts be sold?
I didn't have enough room in TITLE to say, "How many years (to what year) do you think SOL & SKY body parts will be available?"
Right now, if - God forbid - you get in a fender bender, where does the body shop find fenders, etc., for replacement?
It's October 14, 2012, now. Do you think they will be available another 6 to 10 years (at a NOT too excessive price)?
Body parts for the Sol are not difficult to find yet. I have seen several "kits" that include fenders, door skins, quarter panels, trunk lids and hoods. Source One had them on their website for a while. They found them at a reseller in the mid-west. There were several kits available in multiple factory colors.
I have seen both factory and after market fenders for sale.
Generally cars that receive sufficient damage to make the quarterpanels unrepairable result in a total loss which means that there are quarterpanels in stock that are unused.
Fenders get crushed but on the Sol are repairable.
Factory hoods and trunk lids are readily available.
Parts that will be hard to find will be rubber seals, interior trim bits, center console for example. Complete convertible tops will be difficult to source from GM. The electro / mechanical cable assembly that articulates the trunk lock and buttress latches is both unique and relatively expensive.
Unique Sky parts are getting to be more of a challenge. The center front plastic / chrome trim with the Saturn logo is readily pitted and I am sure will be a challenge to find since the demise of Saturn as an entity.
Fortunately the cars have proven to be very reliable and the high failure rate mechanical parts are shared with multiple other platforms with the result that there are plenty of them in stock at the New GM.