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 and… » 1/21/15 3:27pm Wednesday 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 profit… » 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 real… » 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

I'm really hopeful the 500X will be awesome! Mostly because I think Fiats are awesome and the line-up needs to grow. A little because I work at a Fiat Studio and that is kind of like being a starving artist: I love what I do and work very hard at it and make almost no money ever.... Would be nice to not be broke so… » 9/30/14 11:37pm 9/30/14 11:37pm

Yeah, I had a customer come from out of state to buy a car a couple weeks ago, and had their daughter along. She was whining and screaming the whole time and being a brat because she was hungry. Daughter was also about 26 and married (feel bad for the guy). » 9/30/14 4:12pm 9/30/14 4:12pm

I don't know if it's like this at all dealers but if somebody did that to us within 90 days, we would get charged back a good bit from the bank. Kinda shitty, dude. Everybody complains about dealers trying to screw customers over, but as someone that works at a dealer that does things the right way and tries to be… » 9/22/14 6:49pm 9/22/14 6:49pm

I'm confused, the Viper starts at right around $100,000 MSRP, yeah you can get one with extra options for $138,000 but that's not what they start at or even what most are priced at from what I've seen (we have 5 of them at our Chrysler store). $15k off a base one actually puts it in a pretty good realm IMO. Yes, the… » 9/08/14 3:12pm 9/08/14 3:12pm