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Old 12-05-2015   #16
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Re: Advice - soon to buy a Fiat 500 :)

Ahh, I see, well done. Yes, ok, you would undoubtedly have paid a bit more buying second hand from a Fiat dealership, but yes it will have been serviced iaw the Fiat handbook and any diagnostic/recall issues dealt with.

Things may well have changed in the 18 months since we bought our TA 3rd year warranty wise. If you have the third year as standard without paying extra, that's good news. As far as extending the warranty when the 3rd year expires, think very very carefully on how to proceed. You can often buy alternative extended warranty cover cheaper than from dealerships. One thing you may wish to purchase, is Return to Invoice Cover, in some ways, a bit like GAP insurance, but again can be had for far cheaper from a good internet based provider.

As far as servicing the vehicle in the future is concerned, just be aware of the amount of miles you'll likely cover per annum. If it's 6k a year or less, a low mileage service will be sufficient. Dealership servicing can be on the expensive side. Never accept the first quote, always phone around a couple of dealerships if you intend on sticking with Fiat servicing and haggle if you are fortunate enough to live in an area with more than one dealership. Also, don't dismiss a good independent, will be cheaper and if they use Fiat branded service items during warranty, then there shouldn't be any issues.

Anyway, hope all goes well and good luck!
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Old 13-05-2015   #17
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Well done, Frupi. My new second-hand car is going in for work under the warranty tomorrow and I didn't know to tear out the slip! I also didn't know to test the Stop/Start before I bought (new to the 500) and it doesn't work!
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Re: Advice - soon to buy a Fiat 500 :)

Happy to say the finance came through for the car, so now we have Gigi parked outside our house and we are very happy! need to post a pic soon

We had a spoiler fitted to him and he looks grand.

now have an issue that the passenger window wont open [gah], but that's another thread for another day! Still in warrenty so the fiat garage should be able to sort the electrical connection and all will be well. i thin it's a fairly common fault and fairly simple for them to fix.

anyhoo - we are really happy! thank you to all lovely fiatforum people for all your replies and help! xx
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