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Alfa Romeo Mito – Car Industry Advocate

Hi, Bob Aldons here. I want to tell you a short story subsequent to a telephone call today from Brisbane Alfa Romeo owner, Nigel. It’s to do with a declined warranty claim on a 2014 Alfa Romeo Mito. Seems that Nigel purchased this car for his daughter (lucky girl) so she could learn to drive the car that she’d be driving there on. All good so far.

On November 13th this year, the Alfa Romeo Mito broke down on the highway. The vehicle was towed to Brisbane Alfa Romeo and that’s where it sits today, 1 month later. The dealership, who, according to Nigel, have been wonderful, diagnosed the issues as a fault with the dual mass flywheel (which is a clutch in layman’s terms). The dealer subsequently submitted a warranty claim with Fiat Chrysler (yep – they who distribute Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat, Dodge, and Alfa) which eventually was declined. Why? Nigel, it’s out of warranty and has been for six months. Seems that Nigel purchased a ‘demonstrator’ and the warranty clock had started ticking back in June 2014. It had expired some 6 months ago, unbeknown to Nigel. (Sound familiar – Look for my article about Mike Bermingham and his Jeep Grand Cherokee)

However, it would seem that Fiat Chrysler has forgotten or ignored the rules and regulations surrounding Australian Consumer Law. To summarize, the ACL covers an item (not just a car) ensuring that it is fit for purpose. It goes on to say that the manufacturer must warrant any item that a reasonable person would deem to have not yet met its useful life. Oh, I forgot something. The Alfa Romeo Mito has only traveled 18,500 km’s.

So one of my first questions was surrounding the wear on the part. Despite the fact that the vehicle is being used by a relatively inexperienced driver (riding the clutch will cause premature wear) the dealer assured Nigel that there was little evidence at all of that being the case. In fact, the ‘clutch’ appears to be as new.

Now I’ve given Nigel some advice as to how to proceed. I’ve asked him to call fiat Chrysler’s customer assistance number on 1300 133 079 and outline this issue. I also told Nigel that FCA would refer him to their online Complaints Handling System where he’d be asked to complete the complaint.  Nigel sent me a copy of the letter he intends to submit, and I’m flabbergasted at how the claim could be denied.

Anyway, I’ll update this article when I hear back from Nigel. I’m thinking that FCA should approve the claim but it still irks me that it’s taken a month to get to this point. If you’re experiencing a situation like Nigel, please call me on 0418 748 498. Apart from acting as a New Car Broker, I also act as an advocate for those car owners who are having troubles with the manufacturer or distributor. Not happy? Let me give you some advice or act as the liaison for you. I know cars and I know how the manufacturers think. If you want me to act for you, my fees run out at 10-20% of the price you’d otherwise have to pay the dealer. So if I can get the manufacturer to pay, I think my fee is reasonable. If I can’t get it approved and paid for by the manufacturer, I don’t charge anythign at all for my time. Simple.

Bob Aldons is the owner and founder of The Car Guy, reviewing cars, reporting on Car Industry Matters, Car Tech and the world at large.

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