This topic fascinates me. Who ever thought that in America, people would be demanding big, international companies be given the chance to put locally owned companies out of business so that we can all pay full retail prices for goods we normally are able to negotiate huge discounts on? None of this is about Tesla,… » 2/18/15 11:26pm 2/18/15 11:26pm

Minor point but all the 2015 Fiats do have bluetooth audio streaming without any kind of app. Also, the biggest and most important change they made to the 2015 Abarth, way above and beyond the transmission or digital dash, REAL CUPHOLDERS that actually hold drinks! The mickey mouse ones in the 2012-2014 were great… » 2/11/15 4:45pm 2/11/15 4:45pm

That dealer is shady and definitely deserves to be shut down. However, it's worth pointing out that the entire survey system is beyond screwed up. I work at a Fiat studio, where it's not as crucial as most dealers. A 9 or 10 survey gets me like $20 as a bonus in February. Not exactly huge. The problem is that… » 2/11/15 12:27pm 2/11/15 12:27pm

Fiat's come with a quick user guide that has all the important stuff in it, how things work, fuse box locations, what to do in case of... all that good stuff and like most manufacturers they have an app that explains most things. You can get the giant paper manual if you want but it doesn't come with every car since… » 1/27/15 11:21am 1/27/15 11:21am

Wow, this is interesting. I don't lease cars personally, but I do work at a Fiat studio so I know a little bit about leasing. Effectively, you're just financing the difference between what the car costs new and what it will be worth as a used car once the lease term is up. So, if you buy a new car every few years… » 1/21/15 3:27pm 1/21/15 3:27pm

That is all well and good and an excellent theory, but as someone that works at a Fiat dealer, I can tell you demand for this car outweighs supply significantly. Yes it is a lightweight sportscar and so is the Elise. The appeal for a car that marks the resurrection of Alfa Romeo has a much wider appeal, though. … » 1/13/15 11:39am 1/13/15 11:39am

I disagree entirely. They were pretty upfront that the 4C would be exclusive and hard to get. We've known for over a year that most Alfa dealers would only get a couple or maybe a few cars over the first year of production, some people just aren't accepting that. The Fiat studio I work for hasn't been selected for… » 1/12/15 6:54pm 1/12/15 6:54pm

They're saying 1% total profit, after paying all operating expenses including paying for the building, employees, etc... so I think it's probably not far off. But if you really think the manufacturer isn't going to build profit into that end of the transaction then... why on earth wouldn't they? There is some… » 11/07/14 3:33pm 11/07/14 3:33pm

Have you ever spent time at a car dealership? I work at one and I'm just saying, the dealerships generally get the short end of the stick way more often than the customer. We sell big ticket items at a 3-8% markup which is significantly less than almost any other industry and that's before EVERYONE that walks in the… » 11/03/14 11:56am 11/03/14 11:56am

For me it was the FRS. I remember driving to the local Toyota/Scion dealer with a bit of excitement, which was promptly shattered when they couldn't find anyone on the lot that knew how to drive a manual so they could remove it from their display pad. I had to do that part myself. Once I got out on the road, the… » 10/20/14 7:02pm 10/20/14 7:02pm

I had a woman come into buy a car (any car) with her boyfriend. She wanted her boyfriend to be the primary and her mom to be the cosigner because she had some repossessions... The trick to it was that mom and boyfriend refused to ever be in the same room together so they wanted boyfriend to sign his part of the… » 10/03/14 4:35pm 10/03/14 4:35pm

I work at a Fiat dealer and this comes up A LOT. Used cars are definitely a lot harder to roll negative equity into than new ones and your rate is almost always going to be higher, especially if you don't have money down! » 10/03/14 4:25pm 10/03/14 4:25pm

idk when I ask what payment someone is looking to get to, it's not to load them up, it's more to find out if we're in the same ballpark and on the right car. If somebody wants a $30,000 car and is $10,000 upside down on their trade but wants a $300 payment, it helps to find that out early so we don't waste everyone's… » 10/01/14 11:49am 10/01/14 11:49am