423 miles to get the Fiat 124 Spider we wanted !!!!
November 5, 2018
My story starts with 8 months of working with Ms Millie Snyder, Fiat Sales Leader for Pomoco Chrysler- FIAT in Newport News, VA. I live in Yorktown, VA. Once the 124 Spider was announced, I wanted one as I had owned the Spider while stationed overseas in Germany in 1977. It was a great car - but production stopped in 1982. Millie called when each of the THREE 2017 Spiders they were allotted arrived and I drove two of them. That experience and the reviews from Car & Driver / Consumer Report convinced me. However, when we chose what we wanted, Pomoco said it would be 5-7 months before my car would be delivered to VA. So, I went to the FIAT USA web site - and was amazed that I could search the "on the lot" inventory of every Fiat dealer in America. Applying all of the site filters, I found the Spider Lusso with the color, interior, and option package we wanted. 2 POPPED up. The second one was in Pascagoula, Mississippi----so I called Westbury Fiat. They has 7 on the lot waiting for sale. It was Veteran's Day -- but THEY were open. Ms. Cammy Mezrahi dealt with all of my questions, requests for cell phone pictures of the odometer, and customer negotiation shenanigans in a most professional and genuine fashion. I flew into Islip. Long Island and picked up our Spider 3 days later. That was essentially cheaper than having it shipped to VA. THAT WAS CONTEXT. Here is the review: When I arrived at Westbury Fiat in the afternoon on 16 Nov 16, Cammy, Ms Debra Javaherian, and Colin Michie were ready !!!!! The new car was completely prepped, had a full tank of premium fuel, and a table was prepared with all of the paperwork to quickly execute the sale. Ms. Mezrahi did an incredible job of orienting me to the 2017 Spider----- as it was a bit different that my 1977 version. Both Colin and Debra were involved as an out of state deal required running paperwork to the Company Hqs. for verification (off-site). 2 hours after I arrived, I was headed to my hotel in Westbury in anticipation of driving my new Spider home the next day (423 miles) . Hardest part of this transaction ---the Verrazano Narrows bridge at 5:30 a.m. I paid a little over $31K for this wonderful car, but $16 for a really bad driving experience is something I will remember for a long time. The car performed well on "it's break-in drive". Oh, by the way, POMOCO Fiat comped me the VA state inspection and assigned me to it's Spider team the next day after my return. GT - Yorktown VA