Since I am on a wait list let us hope it is high.
What does everyone predict for Abarth 500 residual values? Will values be high like Mini Cooper S residual values? Will residual values soon decrease at a greater rate as more new competition like the Subaru BRZ is available?
i just saw a black one today in bay ridge brooklyn. i snapped some pictures. i want.
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Two Fiat reps came into the starbucks I work at yesterday, one in a 500 'Gucci' cabrio, and the other in a black Abarth, looked very nice. I asked him if Fiat had plans to bring anything other than the 500 to the states and he didn't seem to know what he was talking about
There is no way to predict these things. Same goes for BRZ. There is ni telling how these cars will behave on the road and how reliable they will be. Limited numbers will keep the demand somewhat present, but if the car is a flop it won't help.
I do actually want one, and my local dealer is.waiting for deliveries. At $28k, its forget about it($6k mark up). I'm sure if I really decide to get one, I could find dealer that sells for msrp or lower.
I hate seeing commercials for brand new models that claim highest resale value.
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If regular 500 values are anything to go by I expect these cars to depreciate just like Smarts.
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TM87 - Herb Chambers Fiat in Millbury, MA is selling them at MSRP as long as you order one. I went to see if I could take one for a test drive, but all the ones they had were spoken for with preorders.
I'm really really interested in buying one, but I wouldn't unless I can drive it around for a while first.
It doesn't really matter how good the car is. Fiat will likely produce too many for the market and drive values down. By contrast, the BRZ will be limited in quantity and have great values, not because it is good, but because demand will exceed supply.
VW TDI values were way high because there were no sales for years. They will come down fast as VW produces almost enough to fill the demand.
If you really cared, you'd buy a Solstice or Sky because quantities were really limited.
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This link mentions that a 42 month lease is offered at a low 39% residual through either Ally Financial or Chase (not sure which).
I just drove by a Fiat dealer and saw 100 500's, but not a single Abarth. Then again, they probably keep the Abarths in the showroom. I've only seen 1 in LA and also approve of the exhaust note.
I think they'll hold their resale value fairly well if the supply is somewhat limited, especially if Fiat brings additional models here to increase awareness of the brand. Those J-Lo and Charlie Sheen commercials can only do so much...
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i received a call about a local one that arrived on a Friday morning, to test drive on a Saturday, but by Saturday afternoon, that Abarth had been sold (i never made it to the dealer). if they aren't sold prior to delivery, they don't sit around too long before selling.
however, not much is known about their reliability and maintenance in the states, so i imagine that will have a significant impact on their resale value.
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Here are the Ally lease residuals for 15K miles/year. Note that lease residuals are not always an accurate predictor of real world resale values.
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Here in Fremont there seems to be quite a few on their way - 8 by my count