Later this month, Bettenhausen will host a soft grand opening for area business groups. He also plans to host a larger grand opening in August or September once he has time to tend to a few more details.
Along with the new inventory came a new look for the dealership. Most of the Dodge and Ram emblems have disappeared, but the well known Bettenhausen racecar retained its spot hanging upside down from showroom ceiling.
In the first week, Bettenhausen said the local response has been positive.
Even though the details are still coming together, Principal Dealer Mike Bettenhausen called the business's quick transformation a "monumental task."
While the initial plan was to move Fiat into an empty building at 8355 W. 159th St., a former Saturn dealership, Bettenhausen said because of the small amount of inventory the franchise is starting with, it would have been difficult to support that large of a facility.
"It has given me so much optimism because we didn't know what to expect," he said."We're very pleased with the sales rate. It's exceeded our expectation and we know it's just going to continue to grow."
flair and affordable price, as well as more mature drivers from the baby boomer generation who get sentimental about the older Fiat models that were sold in the states in the 1970s and 80s.
Instead, the company relocated its Dodge/Ram sales to the 159th Street location and made room for Fiat on Oak Park Avenue. The purchase of the new location wasn't settled until mid Nike Soccer Boots Girls May, though, which meant both locations had to be overhauled in about 45 days in time to launch Fiat by the July 1 deadline.
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Within the next year, the Fiat location will also begin selling two additional car models, but Bettenhausen himself said he isn't sure what they're going to be yet.
Last week, Bettenhausen Automotive reopened its Oak Park Avenue location as a Fiat dealership, the first in the south suburbs to gain the Italian franchise as the brand makes its return to the states through a partnership with Chrysler.
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After a speedy transition from Bettenhausen Dodge/Ram, the 56 year old dealership reopened its doors as Bettenhausen Fiat on June 30.
In its first week, the dealership sold six of the 500s, and Higgins expects the 500cs will be even more popular.
Fiat is returning to the United States via Tinley Park's Oak Park Avenue.
The location, 17514 S. Oak Park Ave., is only one of six Fiat dealers in the Midwest, with another two in the Chicago area, two in Milwaukee and one in St. Louis.
The only Fiat model currently on the Bettenhausen lot is the subcompact 500, a tiny car expected to compete with the Mini Cooper and Smart Car.
Tinley Park, the long time Dodge/Ram sales operations on Oak Park Avenue were also moving to 159th Street.
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