Headlines: "FIAT 500e Sold out in California"
"What!" I franticly called my closest dealer to cry, " I didn't even get a chance to buy one! What happened?"
Dealer Reply: "No need to worry we (the dealers) purchased all of the cars that FIAT manufactured"
"How many were manufactured?"
"3,000" Equating to a $30,000,000 loss for chrysler group according to FIAT's CEO.
So, I am looking to Lease a car that it's own CEO would rather not sell me. What a paradox compared to the ever proud Musk presenting features of the Model S. And that is what made me curious about NADA. Is it fair that dealers got to buy all of the manufacturers cars before I got a chance to buy one?
Anyway back to the dealer shenanigans. I ask well if there are so few cars can I get on a waiting list?
One Dealers Reply: " We already have 30 cars with $500 down payments so yes you can get on the list!"
Another Dealers Reply: " No you can't put money to hold a car. That would be illegal! That other dealer is breaking the law and can be sued if they don't deliver you a car. If a dealer takes money down they have to attach it to a VIN number or it is illegal."
I ask, " What about chargers? I rent my house what options do I have for getting a charger at my home? Can I take it with me if I move?"
Dealers Reply, " Charging is your problem. Call this (such and such) local installer and they will install for about $2000" I couldn't believe he actually said charging was my problem, even though I guess that is a true statement. Just bad form.
Then I look at the map of electric chargers on FIATs website http://www.fiatusa.com/en/2013/500e/
And thought to myself... Awesome! There is a charger right next to my job. Wrong! I basically found one of these...
Apparently the map on FIAT's website is just a google search for EV charge stations. Many of which don't even qualify as a charger since the cars they were meant to charge largely don't exist.
So, at my home I have 10amp circuits on my circa 1920's rental house waiting for the chance to charge my new 500e on 120v for 23 hours that will give me approximately 87 miles on a charge.
Please TESLA!! Defeat NADA and continue a direct to consumer buying experience and not-for-profit service plan! For now I think I will hold off on buying the FIAT and just continue saving for GENIII.