How to shop for a Fiat 500 in Florida

Summary: A Fiat 500 in Florida is the same as a Fiat 500 anywhere.  When you’re shopping for one, you should make sure the dealer is reputable and interested in getting you into the car you most want.


Car buyers can find beautiful new Fiat 500s all over Florida, and, baring any unusual damage, they’re all pretty much the same car.  Dealers, however, are not all the same.  When considering buying a Fiat 500 in Florida, there are ways you can evaluate dealers who handle these vehicles.

Why evaluate dealerships?  Because while the Fiat 500 you buy from them might be identical from one dealer to the next, your experience while buying and down the line may differ considerably.  Here are some things to look for.

Aggressiveness.  When you’re dealing with a salesperson, is he or she constantly trying to steer you away from your choice – a Fiat 500?  Florida dealers come in all shapes and sizes, with some being ethical to a fault, others thinking only of diverting you toward a more expensive vehicle.

Mis-management.  Go check out the service department.  Is it disorderly?  Are there tools, parts, boxes and other items strewn all over the place?  Is the waiting area dirty and uninviting?  Are personnel treating customers as if they’re not that important?  These are all signs that the dealership doesn’t place a high value on quality management.

Financing.  Does it appear that the financing process will be done on the premises and will be relatively smooth?  Will finance staff work to get you a loan with a down payment and monthly payment that fit your budget?  Or will they just throw out some numbers and not seem very concerned one way or the other whether you buy or not?

Reputation.  This is something you can check before you even step onto the lot.  Ask around.  Look for online forums or review sites where the dealership you’re considering is mentioned.  Fortunately, bad news travels fast, so if this dealership has a negative reputation, it won’t take you long to find out.

These are just a few of the points to keep in mind when you’re searching for the best dealer from which to purchase a Fiat 500 in Florida.  The bottom line is, the dealerships you’re looking at should be well-managed and customer-oriented.  If they’re not, find one that is.

Doug Thomas is a freelance writer interested in Planet Fiat, a West Miami-based Fiat dealer where shoppers can find a quality Fiat 500 sale in Florida.  Learn more at

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