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David P tipped me off about this, but on my regular trip to the Italian food shop, I spotted a fleet of FIATs outside, and popped in to ask. So, it's official now...

Dan Seaman Motors, Forge Hill ( http://www.danseamanmotors.ie/ map) are now Alfa Romeo dealers. The signage is going up next week.

Having lost Hyundai last year, they've taken on FIAT, Chrysler, Alfa and Jeep. I think they're keeping Mitsubishi.

Right now they're focussing on FIAT. Apparently, on a national level, Alfa, Jeep and Chrysler will take a back seat until next year in terms of promotional push, but he is carrying Alfa stock, and it is a full Alfa sales dealership.

The new Giulietta 2014MY will be in the showroom in April, but available to order some time before this date. No prices or brochures on this model yet.
 

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Yes I'd heard this was happening last year. There was a full page advert in a local paper on Thursday stating they are now a FIAT dealer & an advert in yesterday's Examiner listing FIAT, Alfa Chrysler & Jeep. I see they've also updated their website in the last couple of days.

Looking forward to seeing the 2014MY Giulietta in the metal :thumbs:
 

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They've just added a Giulietta to the list of stock, a Red 1.6 Diesel.



FYI for anyone not aware Lee Garage South Terrace have been supplying new Alfas & servicing Alfas for years & will continue to do so :thumbs:



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Yes, just to be clear: Lee Garage will continue as FIAT main dealers, and as an Authorised Alfa Service centre, and will still be able to source new Alfa cars, so it's a win - win :)
 

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No idea but I'll be taking mine to Lee Garage for it's next service as they've years of experience working on Alfas & really know what they are doing :thumbs:
 

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Any idea what they're like for servicing Alfas? Would be handy for me as I'm working close(ish) to them
I got talking to Gavin Seaman the time I dropped in. He said the service guys had been up and down to Dublin for the last month, doing the training courses for FIAT and Alfa, so they're up to speed with all the FIAT/Alfa systems. The Alfa dealership is a "soft launch" for them, so they're not expecting much Alfa service business until they start selling Alfas. (For existing owners, Lee does a good job on servicing, and people will usually only move servicing when they're unhappy)

I'm still going to put my own 147 into Lee for this service. If I still own it at the next service, I'll give them a go. If I don't, then I'll give them a go with the Giulietta... ;)

I'm pretty much the same distance from both (but there's a bus into town in the case of Lee)
 

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So basically the guys in there have never worked on an Alfa. Wouldn't have left Lee anyway as their guys in there are excellent but a bit of competition is always good for keeping prices down :p
 

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Possibly, training can only do so much & practical experience takes time to acquire ;)
 

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Spot on as ever David.:thumbs:
 

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New sales volumes for Alfa Romeo and FIAT in Cork will have to improve to support two dealerships, just 14 new sales in January for the whole county, 1 Alfa Romeo and 13 FIAT.
 

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Anyone tried out Seamans yet?
I need to get an oil leak fixed. Coming from the Oil Cooler area which only had 2 new hoses put onto the cooler 9 months ago by Lee Garage and seeing as they're closed I can't go back to get them fixed :(
 

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Haven't yet, but I know that at least one of the mechanics from Lee's Alfa operation now works at Seamans. (Can't for the life of me remember his name, though)
 

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There was a piece in The Examiner in the last few weeks advertising that they'd recruited 3 new experienced Fiat/Alfa staff (all from Lee Garage)
A mechanic (Dave), Parts Department (Brendan) & Sales (Liam) IIRC

Edit: Here's a pic from their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/116634191753996/photos/pb.116634191753996.-2207520000.1432029928./822199941197414/?type=1&theater


This might also be of interest http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/republic-of-ireland/360147-alfa-dealer-andamp-independent-recommendations-in-republic-ireland-online-suppliers-23.html#post12555033
 

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Well, just got my car back from Dan Seamans

Oil leak is now fixed. Needed a new radiator. The service manager, Gareth is the complete opposite of what Alfa service guys used to be. Nice guy to deal with.
Hopefully the leak will be fixed permanently, but only time will tell that.
Even got the car back washed :)

Price was a bit cheaper than I thought it would be too which is even better :)
Will have no problem going back to them for servicing.
 

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Not a hope this weekend of me going on that. Was down that way last weekend, and the F1 is on Sunday so that takes priority :p
 
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