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Sunday, July 17, 2016

First car post - introducing Fabio the Fiat 500 Eco


It’s been two years since I first passed my driving test, well 1 year 11 months and two days. After many stressed public transport trips, countless awkward silence taxi journeys and after many missed day/nights out due to cars being full I decided it was time for me to get my own car.

Since the first pastel colours were released to the summer colours released in 2014, my car of choice was the Fiat 500. Why simply because they are small, cute and I loved the fact that you can customise them.

I visited three Motorvogue Fiat dealerships: Dunstable, Milton Keynes and Northampton. My first experience at the Dunstable dealership was good I test drove the basic Pop version and was quoted initial prices as I wanted to finance the car. As I love a bargain I then decided to visit the MK dealership to see if I could get a better monthly price- this is where sh!t went west. The male seller was rude, ignorant and frankly I believe he tried to take advantage with his pricings. Long story short I left very quickly.

Our third trip to the Northampton dealership was amazing. We were greeted by saleswoman Dawn, offered hot and cold drinks and shown around. I immediately spotted a cute mint pastel colour Fiat 500 Lounge with cream interior. As you will soon come to realise I live in black, the common phrase “if they made a darker colour than black I would wear it” applies to my life, so the mint green was a hell no!

After many negotiations and online warehouse searches, a black Fiat 500 Lounge Eco was at the main holding site and could arrive within a matter of weeks (it was destiny). The monthly payment worked out to be cheaper than I thought thanks to a discount and after a quick debrief call to my sister, the car had been ordered. Thanks to Dawn’s patience, knowledge of the Fiat brand and helpful nature I left the Motorvogue Northampton dealership feeling happy that I had made the right decision for me. If you live in the surrounding areas I would 100% recommend going to see Dawn- the follow up customer care has been amazing as well!

Around one month later I went to pick up my car at the Bedford branch. He has since been named Fabio and I could not be happier with my first car. The annual insurance is cheap (less than £800) and I do not have to pay road tax as the car is incredibly Eco friendly (it’s taken me around 100 miles to get used to the start stop function though!). Also with £20 of petrol I am nearly on a full tank!. 
Personally for a first car it’s amazing, easy to drive, cheap to run and did I mention it’s so cute.


RR xx
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