Well in the words of Roy Walker ‘’It’s good but it’s not right’’ Only UK residents who used to watch 80s/90’s daytime telly will get that btw.
Right where do I start…nice looking car, looks amazing on the 17’s, gearbox and handling felt great, better than my 147.
However, maybe I am being fussy but it’s a lot of cash to me:
First of all the car is sat behind two others on the forecourt despite me having booked an appointment. The inevitable ‘’quest to find the keys’’ ensues. OK the salesman had a busy day. So did I. I did a three hour round trip after work to be there.
Odometer/Speedometer has been replaced and the ad says the car has done just short of 30k miles, salesman is told me it had done 32k. Odometer shows around 15k. No paperwork was offered to verify milage.
‘’Most 156’s have had a new speedo’’ he said. Really??
Mismatched paint to rear bumper; looks like car has had a partial respray on one side. I don’t mind a car that’s been repaired properly but salesman dismisses it, looks at me like I’m making a fuss. Maybe it just needed a good mop and polish but you would expect a car on the forecourt to have been prepped up, at least body-work wise.
Salesman calls me Ian several times during test drive even though my name is, of course, norbert.
Car feels flat for a 2.0 JTS, even compared to my 1.6. Assume it needs an ‘‘Italian tune up’’ ie a good thrash. I think the salesman did actually suggest this to his credit. Test drive was pretty short, ie about 10 – 15 mins.
A deal was discussed, no mention of a warranty however. Cambelt has been done though apparently. Why do salesmen have to keep disappearing into the back to make a decision/ask a colleague? In my job I am paid to make decisions for myself and take responsibility for those decisions.
Worst part, I am always disappointed on the rare occasion that I test drive an Alfa from a dealer (with the exception of Craig at Mangos) that the salesperson doesn’t come across as an enthusiast. It appears that they are just there to sell cars, they might as well work for Peruda or Daihatsu. Lets have some passion! Maybe if I looking to spend 25k I’d get some enthusiasm. OK the cars are good but you still have to sell them, get the customer talking about the brand, the cuore sportivo.
Oh and when I’ve test driven a car I want to look round/climb over it again, don’t whisk it off out of the way however short of space you are on the forecourt. I wasn’t even offered a look under the bonnet.
Right, nothing libellous in there I don’t think. Just a few observations from a disappointed customer. Nothing I wouldn’t want the garage to read in fact.
The quest for new Bella continues