Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sligo, Ireland.
Oh dear. One step forward, ten steps back. I have just been in with my dealer in Castleblaney, Monaghan, where we bought a Giulia 2 years ago. Time for a change I said. No can do Dermot said. FCA Ireland have pulled the plug on all dealers who have not bought into their new. probably written on a cigarette packet, plan. And Paul Hunt, the much lauded recruit from VAG Ireland, is heading out the door on Friday. So, in effect I cannot get Giulia serviced, or warranty work done, or change it for a new 191 Giulia as per our plan. Unless I drive for 3 hours to a Dublin dealer. And 3 hours back. Assuming of course, that I can find a dealer who is still on the inside. After spending 50k and about to do the same again. Nobody knows who is replacing Hunt, but probably some new company yes man who will immediately order some vastly expensive new signs and balloons to fill up the empty showrooms. What on earth is going on here ? SAAB went bang from a lack of investment and operating cash. This company is largely profitable, the product is now very good, so the blame can, and should, fall fairly and squarely with the management, the actual humans who are being paid vast salary's while running the company into the ground. From what I can gather, the current impasse is in regard to FCA failing to offer the dealers decent assistance to implement the plan, which involves, as usual, having to spend copious amounts of money so that I can get my car serviced in an architecturally designed cathedral while sipping a latte. But in the meantime, I can't get it serviced at all. Basil Faulty would do less damage to a business.