Living in the northwest corner of Orlando, I was not familiar with car dealerships in Melbourne.
So when an expanded internet search for the 124 Spider roadster turned up some great deals at FIAT of Melbourne, I decided to make the trip.
I am so glad I did.
The Gator folks at FIAT/Alfa Romeo had a generous selection of cars to choose from, and they really know how to treat customers right.
I found the apple of my eye, and Mike went with me for a test drive, Mike was very friendly, knowledgeable and easy going..Plus he tells great stories about his early years selling cars in Jersey.
Once we went over some numbers and I decided to buy, he set me up with Maryann, the Queen of Finance. Maryann know her stuff, and kept my interests at the forefront every step of the way.
The nitty gritty of buying a car can be like making sausage. Maryann made sure I was comfortable with the buying process, just like Mike made the tire kicking and test drive so fun.
And to top it off, since I wasn't trading my late model SUV on the tiny roadster, they realized I couldn't get my new car and old car home, so Mike assured me they would keep my SUV safely locked up overnight until I could come back the following day to retrieve it.
The J Guys, Joey, John and Junior, made the return trip that next morning seem like greeting old friends, even though we had only met the day before.
All in all, Mike and Maryann made it very much worth my while to travel the 85 miles down to Melbourne for purchasing my car.
I saved thousands, but the experience was priceless.