For anyone looking for a FIAT 500 in Toronto, figured I'd share my dealer experience. Right off the bat I highly recommend Peel FIAT (Josh West) in Mississauga (Lakeshore & Hurontario). This guy really knows his stuff, he is straight and upfront and will take you for as long as a test drive (or multiple one's) as it takes for you to be comfortable with buying the car. Personally, I ended up driving the car 5 times before signing the doted line.
The One's to seriously avoid. First off, anyone that buys from Downsview Fiat Chrysler is just a plain foolish sucker. In ranted about them previously here, but to keep it all together they are just plain old dirty. The type of sleaze that people think of when they think of the worst dealer stories. After taking out huge ads daily in the newspaper proclaiming their "SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE", when I asked about it I was quoted MSRP, and told that it was a special since they may increase the price later! Took me for the shortest test drive ever and refused to go on the highway, and seemed shocked when that wasn't satisfactory to get me to sign immediately. As bad as that was I returned once more and saw another sales person there and it got even worse. Why did I go back? They truly are close and convenient for me. In any case, this time I was allowed to go on the highway, but before I did I commented on the low fuel warning and was told the car was good for 40k. Yup, we ran out of gas and got stranded on the side of the Allen expressway. To make matters worse when I decided to save some time and see how much they charge for admin fee's and such the saleswoman refused to tell me in the car, due to "company policy". They only talk about that at the dealer. Are you kidding me I thought, as I sat in silence for another 30 minutes with this clown who lost any chance at making a sale.
The only other dealer I had remote experience with is North York Fiat. I didn't go there or talk to the people, but my in laws did. They both take what sounded like nice test drives. But the salesman knew nothing about the cars, and even less about upcoming models. i.e. when they mentioned that I wanted the convertible, he said they weren't being offered here ever, but perhaps I could order one from Italy!
Overall my experience with Josh at Peel FIAT has been stellar and I'll be visiting them for service after meeting them. I'm the proud owner of a FIAT 500C and I'll send anyone that asks to Josh.