The first Fiat 500e electric vehicles are being delivered on schedule and as promised. The first deliveries started around mid month. Due to the low lease price of $199 per month, the 500e is basically sold out for the remainder of 2013. However, when customers arrive at dealerships to finalize paperwork and pick up their Fiat 500e, many are being counter-offered on the lease.
While Fiat advertised a lease payment of $199, many dealers are counter-offering up to, and even higher than $300 per month. In fine print on Fiat’s literature, there is a disclaimer that says “Offer requires dealer contribution… Dealers actual terms may vary.” Fiat is offering $1500 in lease cash to sell the car, but Fiat is also advertising the cost of the lease as $1500 less than the actual cost hoping the dealer will contribute its lease cash to the deal.
Members of the Fiat 500e forum are not too happy, and they’re even calling on dealers to let them know if they would stick with the $199 lease.