If, god forbid, Fisker were to go belly-up - I'd be preying on those scrambling for the exit door - looking to buy a "parts car". In 10-20 years it will be an outstanding collectible. The Karma might be the modern day Miura...low, wide, stretched, eye-popping styling, made in small numbers, etc.I should note, one of the reasons I'm asking is because I'm starting to think they're might be good value in buying up pre-owned Karmas.
That was Bobby McFerrin, if I'm not mistaken.This is a risk/reward situation, with the biggest risk not having a company to support our warranty. But we should still be able to get Fisker-specific parts from a variety of sources. There's a lot of money to be made, particularly since we are so passionate about this car.
A case in point is the Mooney Aircraft Co. It has been in and out of bankruptcy more times than I can remember and it's now down to 10 support staff. Talk about passionate owners (including myself) who call themselves "Mooniacs." Virtually all airframe parts are readily available and our fleet of several thousand airplanes - whose average age is around 40, are still happily flying. I purchased my Mooney new from a dealer in 1981 for about the same price as a Fisker and it still looks and performs like new. It's never been grounded by lack of parts. The Mooney and the Fisker actually have a lot in common: both came from visionary designers who used ground-breaking technology to achieve extraordinary performance. (Mooney: 231mph on 11gph at 20,000 feet; Fisker: 125mph on 0gph at sea level.)
Several better-known airplane manufacturers (including Piper) have been in and out of bankruptcy - yet their airplanes continue to fly. Newsletters by individuals have morphed into monthly magazines with technical articles, dealer ads, sources for parts, etc. I have no doubt the same thing will happen to us (if necessary) since there is a lot money to be made from the people who love this car. Even if Geeley or another partner/owner comes to the rescue, there are no guarantees. As Bob Marley said, "Don't worry, be happy."
Guys, you need to look at this from a business perspective. Having the most passionate customers in the world won't pay the bills if there aren't enough of them. Yes there are still 255 1953 Corvettes around, but that same basic car was around until 1962, and any number of parts were shared with innumerable other Chevy models. How long was the XKE in production, and how many were made?The operative term in my earlier post is "passionate owner." In other words, it doesn't matter which of our toys become "limited editions." Yes, our Fiskers might be worth more to collectors or museums if no one is supplying parts for them. But I don't think that will happen . . . not as long we continue to be passionate about this car and money is to be made by parting cars out and through short-run production as Sandy Eggo suggests.
It's rare - perhaps once in a generation - when a car designed to fill a niche inspires people like the Fisker. What would be on your list: The 1953 Corvette? The first Jaguar XKE? Who is making parts for them now? For example, while only 300 '53 'Vettes were made, 255 are still accounted for today.
http://oddrob.com/corvetteStats.asp. Talk about passion.
Or, if the sh!t hits the fan - buy a gently used Karma (from someone looking to dump it) in the same color combo as yours and keep as your own personal parts car. Sounds a little nuts but I'd seriously consider it.So again, if it were me driving one of those 3000 Karmas, and I wanted to keep it forever, I would have to think about how much I drove it. Either that or start stocking up on replacement parts now.
Or you can just drive it like it was meant to be driven, and when it's all used up, hope there's a saved Karma out there that needs your parts.