500e lease return issue (no dealership would accept my car)

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    Exclamation 500e lease return issue (no dealership would accept my car)

    i'm in easy bay area.
    i called Burlingame and Berkeley Fiat, they both said they cant accept my car due to over-flooded 500e lease return.

    does anyone know what can i do?
    my lease expire on March 11,2017.
    time is soon running out.

    -James

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    This is becoming a huge issue, not only for lease returns but for getting any Fiat serviced. Fiat-Chrysler needs to resolve this by enabling Chrysler dealerships. I had this problem too and I seem to remember that Fiat in Concord, CA had space which might help you, even if they were far from me. Good luck.

    I even called Chrysler Capital asking where I could return my car after the two closest dealers shut, they promised to get back to be within a day but never did. I've lost faith in the entire organization.
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    I would contact Fiat Customer Service and see what they say. I heard of one person doing this and was told to keep the car, with no payments, until they found a dealer that would accept the car. At the very least get it on record with Fiat that you are trying to get things resolved so they can't come back on you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocean350 View Post
    they cant accept my car due to over-flooded 500e lease return
    They have a looming disaster next year when the spike of March 2015 leases (from incredible low cost deals) get returned.


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    ^^^Wow! Would be nice if they did a deal like Nissan did with our Leaf and offered a big discount off the residual to buy the car out. Nissan was taking $7500 off the residual at one point a year or more ago. We bought ours off lease at the time. I would actually love the opportunity to buy the Fiat off lease at fair market value when the time comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G0to60 View Post
    I would contact Fiat Customer Service and see what they say. I heard of one person doing this and was told to keep the car, with no payments, until they found a dealer that would accept the car. At the very least get it on record with Fiat that you are trying to get things resolved so they can't come back on you.
    I'd be negotiating hard right now.

    They knew this was coming. That's why they offered the lease extensions to "give dealerships time to handle the cars". They implied that this meant a thriving resale market. In the mean time dealerships are closing.

    What could you get?

    1) a realistic offer to buy the car for something closer wholesale value
    2) a no cost lease extension that would justify renewing your registration
    3) an additional subsidy from Chrysler on a new 500e to make the deal even more insane (make room on the lot)
    4) ???

    They are going to do something. This will be interesting to watch. Wholesale prices should fall. I am nearly crazy enough to try to pick up a car for my 14 year-old daughter. I think I'll start watching used prices on low mileage, perfect cars.

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    I'm really really hoping this means they'll be willing to negotiate a great buyout when my lease ends in a couple of years. Between the already crazy low auction prices of the 500e, (currently already in the absurdly low $4,500 range) the fact that it'll be a couple of years older with more longer-range competition in the new and used market, and the fact that it'll apparently be just a few months after a massive glut of them has hit them I'm cautiously optimistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 500Emazing View Post
    Would be nice if they did a deal like Nissan did with our Leaf and offered a big discount off the residual to buy the car out. Nissan was taking $7500 off the residual at one point a year or more ago.
    Fiat will have to do a LOT better than $7500 off. The residual on most 500e leases is insanely high — over $20K! You can save a ton of money by returning the car and buying a used one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangent View Post
    I'm really really hoping this means they'll be willing to negotiate a great buyout when my lease ends in a couple of years. Between the already crazy low auction prices of the 500e, (currently already in the absurdly low $4,500 range) the fact that it'll be a couple of years older with more longer-range competition in the new and used market, and the fact that it'll apparently be just a few months after a massive glut of them has hit them I'm cautiously optimistic.
    I'm hoping for the same thing. I would love to buy out mine but the number is still way too high. If they can get it below 10k I might be interested. We'll see in August when the time comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveN007 View Post
    I'd be negotiating hard right now.

    They knew this was coming. That's why they offered the lease extensions to "give dealerships time to handle the cars". They implied that this meant a thriving resale market. In the mean time dealerships are closing.

    What could you get?

    1) a realistic offer to buy the car for something closer wholesale value
    2) a no cost lease extension that would justify renewing your registration
    3) an additional subsidy from Chrysler on a new 500e to make the deal even more insane (make room on the lot)
    4) ???

    They are going to do something. This will be interesting to watch. Wholesale prices should fall. I am nearly crazy enough to try to pick up a car for my 14 year-old daughter. I think I'll start watching used prices on low mileage, perfect cars.
    No wonder Sergio hates this car.

    Tedolph (actually Sergio)

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