Three Car-Buying Myths, Debunked

The seasoned and highly trained staff here at FIAT of Winter Haven understands that purchasing a new or certified used vehicle can make anyone nervous. There are many car buying myths floating around out there that can easily mislead the savviest consumer. As your trusted FIAT dealership, we strive to help every new client in the Winter Haven, FL area by debunking some of these unhelpful myths.

Myth #1: Car Sales Reps are Untrustworthy

Pop culture portrays car sales people as folks who will say anything to push inventory out the door. While this is good for an easy laugh, it’s simply not true. FIAT of Winter Haven’s sales team has your best interest at heart, and will carefully go over each and every aspect of our new FIAT inventory, as well as financing options, to make the process as simple and enjoyable as possible.

Myth #2: Buy a Car that Day or Miss a Great Deal

Many dealerships offer great savings deals, including us. But never feel pressured to buy a vehicle on the day you look at it. FIAT of Winter Haven is constantly hosting great savings offers, and it takes some consideration to purchase the perfect car. Always weigh your options and never jump at the first irresistible offer sent your way.

Myth #3: Never Buy a Used Car

Tons of people are under the misconception that if they buy a used car, they’ll be inheriting someone else’s unwanted problems. This is simply not true. FIAT of Winter Haven has a vast inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles that have undergone rigorous testing and compliance, guaranteeing you’ll be driving a perfectly great car off of our lot.

If you’re still not convinced about how enjoyable purchasing a car can be, stop by our FIAT dealership today. We are located at 190 Ave K SW and look forward to meeting you!

Transmission Trouble Symptoms You Can’t Ignore

Cars typically have an automatic or manual transmission. For Winter Haven, FL drivers who drive a car with an automatic transmission, you need to think about what would happen if your transmission were to ever fail.

Here are a couple of transmission problems you should never ignore, brought to you by FIAT of Winter Haven.

Difficult Shifts

If you feel like your FIAT car is refusing to change gears as easily as it normally does, or the gear shifts aren’t happening smoothly, you may be having trouble with your transmission. You may also hear a noticeable “thud” or “clunk.” These noises should never be ignored, so don’t turn up your radio and pretend that you don’t hear them.

Slipping Transmission

A transmission slip may feel like you’re driving in a certain gear and then it suddenly changes for no apparent reason. Your engine may sound like it is whining. If this is happening, bring your vehicle into our FIAT service center immediately.

Delayed Engagement

If this sign occurs, you will experience a delay before your vehicle engages into drive and starts moving forward. When you shift out of park and into drive, there may be a long pause before the car starts to rev the engine.

Other Symptoms

Your transmission should never be leaking fluid as it is sealed. If you notice any fluid spots on your garage floor or driveway, lay down cardboard underneath the front and middle of your car to see if they are active leaks.

Another sign of a faulty transmission is if your transmission warning light is on.

If any of the aforementioned things are occurring, it is best for you to see an expert mechanic at FIAT of Winter Haven immediately!

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Getting Closer

Just a few short years ago, the notion of a performance SUV was practically unthinkable. A combination of falling gas prices and changing tastes has turned the unthinkable into something routine as several luxury and performance car companies have scrambled to join a segment that’s suddenly a hot commodity. Alfa Romeo is already prepping its entry, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.  Read the rest of this entry >>

Get Your Heart Racing with the New 2017 FIAT Spider from FIAT of Winter Haven

FIAT of Winter Haven is proud to offer the latest 2017 FIAT vehicles to drivers throughout the Lakeland and Winter Haven, FL areas. One of our standout cars is the all-new 2017 FIAT Spider. With a 1.4-liter, six-speed manual transmission, this beauty is the perfect merge of form and function.

Named after FIAT’s classic 1966 through 1978 two-seat roadster, the 2017 FIAT Spider boasts a turbocharged engine, which improves both its performance and economy. Top amenities include a remote proximity keyless start, a Parkview Rear Backup camera, power windows, a tilt steering wheel, and one-touch window functionality.

Built in Hiroshima, Japan, the new FIAT Spider has a 90.9-inch wheelbase, which means some extra length in all of the front and rear overhangs. In the back, you’ll delight over the extra length yielding to a large trunk opening.

The Italian design elements lend a nod to the original FIAT Spider design and include elegant headlight cutouts, a muscular bulging hood, and unique kinks in the doors. It’s a sexy, sleek shape that is guaranteed to turn heads and get attention every time you pull up.

Assembled in Italy, the engine is bolstered by 22 psi of boost, and includes 184 lb-ft of torque and 160 horsepower. There’s an excellent surge of turbo boost and torque of about 2,000 rpm, giving you the adrenaline rush and power you crave.

Best of all, this baby is a convertible! Roll the top back and feel the wind in your hair!

If you’re interested in taking a test drive in the all-new 2017 FIAT Spider, contact FIAT of Winter Haven today! We look forward to speaking with you, and we offer amazing finance options for you to be able to easily afford the car of your dreams. Drive away in the 2017 FIAT Spider today!

The Roots of the Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo returned to the United States in 2014 after a fifteen-year absence. Coming back to America was part of the company’s long-term strategy as it looked to solidify future growth. The Alfa Romeo 4C, which served as a calling card to drivers in the Lakeland area, was a solid choice– not only does it feature all the charm and beauty that are hallmarks of the Alfa Romeo brand, it’s also a subtle callback to the company’s storied past. The car you’ll find today at Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven has its roots in a rare Alfa Romeo model built nearly fifty years ago.  Read the rest of this entry >>

Get Financed at FIAT of Winter Haven

Poor credit doesn’t mean that you cannot obtain the car of your dreams. At FIAT of Winter Haven, we offer wonderful finance deals for the folks of Winter Haven, FL and beyond. Whether you want a 2016 FIAT 500 or one of our pre-owned certified vehicles, your dreams are well within your reach!

Here are some tips when it comes to buying a car with bad credit.

Don’t Take Someone Else’s Word

Check for yourself by obtaining your credit report and credit score. You can easily do this for free online by performing a simple internet search for credit report sites.

Make a Budget

If you are intent on buying a new or used vehicle, it’s important for you to make a budget for yourself that you will stick with. This allows you to pay your other bills in a timely manner while making car payments without falling behind. Include things like groceries, utilities, other types of debt you owe, and also allocate funds for “fun” money.

Shop Around

It’s important to find the best bang for your buck. This is why FIAT of Winter Haven is intent on offering low terms and rates to help you drive your vehicle off the lot. Be sure to call us at (844) 814-2385!

When you have poor credit, it can be scary to think you might not be able to get a great car. That’s why FIAT of Winter Haven works closely with you to help you get a great car for a great price. Call us today to learn more about what we can offer you!

The Benefits of Buying a Used FIAT Vehicle

Is it time for a new car? At FIAT of Winter Haven, your used FIAT dealership serving Winter Haven, FL, we urge customers to consider purchasing a used vehicle. When it comes to buying a car, a lot of folks don’t often consider used vehicles as an option, mainly because they think it means that they’ll be inheriting somebody else’s problems. But that’s not the case.

There are tons of perks to buying used instead of new. Firstly, a pre-owned FIAT vehicle is going to cost a lot less than a new one. Many states do not subject used cars to sales tax. Plus, new cars start losing their value as soon as they’re driven off of the lot. Used cars retain their value much longer.

All of our pre-owned FIAT cars undergo rigorous testing and a thorough inspection, giving you the peace of mind of knowing that your new-to-you car will be ready for the road ahead!

It’s important to know what type of make and model you want before coming to the dealership. We make it simple by offering you a vast online inventory of all of our pre-owned and new FIAT models, including the 2017 FIAT Spider. Simply take a look at our current available cars so that you know precisely what you want and you will find a car that you will love riding home in!

At our dealership, you can also score models from the most recent model years. This means that you don’t have to worry about getting a decade-old model. We have vehicles from years as recent as 2013, with low mileage and in top-notch condition!

Contact FIAT of Winter Haven today to check out our vast inventory of new and used FIAT models, including FIAT 500 hatchbacks and FIAT sport cars!


The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia: Looking Ahead

If the Alfa Romeo Giulia sounded familiar to you when rumors of the car first started to circulate in 2015, you weren’t alone. The deja vu came from the fact that an earlier Alfa Romeo carried that name for more than a decade, becoming a legend in the process. More than most car makers, Alfa Romeo is mindful of its past even as it looks to the future. That appreciation of heritage means that a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia will arrive soon at Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven, and will be seen prowling the streets of Auburndale and Lakeland shortly after.

The Type 105 and Type 115 series Alfa Romeo Giulia debuted in 1962, and would be discontinued 16 years later. In its original guise, its available engines put out between 80 and 110 horsepower, while the boxy shape of its sedan and coupe variants belied a car that was surprisingly nimble.

In many ways, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia couldn’t be much further from the 1962 model that inaugurated the line. The 2017 version comes standard with a 2.0-liter, 276 horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s standard with an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. Other standard features include leather seats, push-button start, dual exhaust, and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Upgrades include an 8.8-inch touchscreen and adaptive cruise control. Opt for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and you’ll be treated to a 505-horsepower engine that makes the 80 hp in the 1962 model seem like a lawn mower engine by comparison.

FIAT Chrysler Automobiles, the parent company of FCA US LLC, has pumped $5.6 billion into revitalizing the Alfa Romeo brand. The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C was the first fruit of those efforts, showcasing a company that’s recommitted to the kind of design, engineering, and exhilarating driving experience that originally built the Alfa Romeo name. Our Auburndale customers can see the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C at Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven now, and will be able to see the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia here soon. Visit our showroom at 190 Avenue K SW in Winter Haven, FL or call (844) 801-3068 today!

Rare Pre-War Alfa Romeo Due at Auction

As Alfa Romeo makes its return to North America after a long absence, it’s time for automotive enthusiasts from Auburndale and Lakeland to reacquaint themselves with the century-old Italian marque. While the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C available at Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven bears all the hallmarks of a legend in its own right, a reminder of the company’s long heritage is also in order. To that end, we introduce the 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider, a rare Alfa Romeo that’s expected to sell at a record price when it goes on the auction block at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey, CA later in August.  Read the rest of this entry >>