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Car Dealerships Adapts To The Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic came as a shock to us all and it is still affecting us at present. Although my friends and family in Italy have gotten through the worst of it, the lingering after-effects of COVID-19 are still very apparent in everyday life.

Through the months, we’ve all learned to adapt and make necessary changes in order to continue with our lives amidst the presence of the virus.

Likewise, it is no exaggeration to say that carmakers and dealerships including luxury brands like Alfa Romeo were also affected by this pandemic, and in many way they have received the worst end of the deal. The good news is that, to varying degrees, they have also managed to adapt to the situation in different ways…

Car Dealership Scenario And The Pandemic

Before the pandemic, the scenario on car dealerships usually involves a huge open space with various car models on the show floor. There are even additional cars stored on-site and they can also be test-driven. For luxury dealerships, like those that offer Alfa Romeo vehicles, additional amenities would be available. Such would include a comfortable seating area, refreshments, and a WiFi connection. There may also be entertainment sources like TVs or magazines. 

However, with the current pandemic, the number of people who go to the showrooms has considerably decreased. This may be due to clients own precautionary practices or due to the imposed guidelines as a response to the pandemic. Nevertheless, car dealerships can’t just sit down and wait. They have to figure out a way to better reach their clients. 

Adapting Through The Pandemic

One of the things that car dealerships and showrooms are now doing is to show off their inventory through the online route. Some are conducting video conferences to showcase the vehicles. Others are creating virtual tours on their websites. Some, which do not have a website, have created theirs for better access. Additionally, some improved their existing websites to make it easier for users to navigate and use. 

Another great adjustment that car dealerships make is to bring the fully sanitized vehicles to their customers for a test drive. Of course, social distancing is still being implemented in their physical locations. Plus, limited numbers of clients at a time may be allowed to enter the facility. 

Finding the available cars online makes it much easier for clients to choose the car that they like and to choose which dealership to buy from. Research online is easier for clients but dealerships should also remember to improve their customer service. If a client inquires about a certain car, it is best to get back at them as quickly as possible or else they’ll likely lose the client. 

Nowadays, paperwork can also be done through email or through phone transactions. This makes it much easier for clients to accomplish all paperwork needed for the purchase. Once everything is set, the client can now pick-up the car from the shop. Dealerships do their best to prevent the spread of the virus by taking extra precautions. They are likely to wear protective gear and limiting the number of people allowed inside. 

Conclusion

Although everyone is facing challenges due to the current COVID-19 situation, there is nothing better to do than to learn to adapt. We can’t just wait for things to be over and we have to be careful. The government has already instructed everyone about taking precautionary measures. It is the duty of the dealerships to ensure that their clients feel safe enough to deal with them. The availability of online transactions or marketing is a gift that every dealership should consider using.

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Beauty And Speed: The Alfa Romeo Tubolare Zagato

It is no doubt that Alfa Romeo produces not only beautiful cars but also cars that you can be very proud to drive because of how smooth they run.

If you’re anything like us, you love the wide variety of models and configurations released by Alfa Romeo’s design teams of the past and today, we are placing the spotlight on the classic Alfa Romeo TZ models.

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Long Distance Transport For Your Alfa Romeo

Are you moving to another state? Maybe you’re bringing your Alfa Romeo to a car show in another city. Whatever the reason is, there might be a need for you to bring your vehicle from one place to another.

Sure you can drive your car to the said place but why do that when you can hire a car transport service.

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A Visual List Of Our Favorite Alfa Romeo Cars

It’s no surprise that we simply adore Alfa Romeos. Whether they are the classic models or the much newer models. However, simply reading about them and knowing their capabilities, design, and performance may not be enough.

Let us give you a treat by showing you some of our favorite Alfa Romeo photos.

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Looking Back – The Early Days Of Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo is an iconic brand. It’s a well-known and well-respected company in the car industry. With lots of iconic cars and unforgettable models, who wouldn’t get interested in what this company has to offer.

However, we are here today for a different reason.

Our focus for today is about their history. Every great company started somewhere and today, we’ll get to know what it was like in the early years of the Alfa Romeo.

A Legend Was Born

In 1906, The Societa Italiana Automobili Darracq was founded. It is an Italian plant of a French car maker and it has seen it’s fair share of challenges. Due to the economic challenges in 1909, the Italian aristocrat Cavalier Ugo Stella acquired the company shares. The plant was renamed as Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (A.L.F.A. or Alfa) and relaunched on the 24th of June 1910. 

In the same year, the very first car designed by Giuseppe Merosi for the company was released. The 24 HP was a vehicle that could reach top speeds of up to 62 mph. It had a single block 4.1 engine with a single drive shaft. 

Later on in 1914 developed the Alfa Grand Prix. It was the first ever car that has a twin spark ignition. With a 4-cylinder engine that has a 4.5 liter capacity, this vehicle reached top speeds of up to 87 mph. 

Effect Of The War

World War 1 greatly affected many companies and industries. The Alfa was one of them. At this time, they didn’t have enough funds to convert their car manufacturing company. It was Nicola Romeo who purchased Alfa and other companies to produce portable compressors and airplane engines. Now, the name was changed to Alfa-Romeo Milano.

Due to the war, the production of cars was stopped and Merosi was transferred to Naples, Italy. However, the company still flourished. The name “Alfa Romeo” was made public in 1918 as a decision made by the investors. Officially, they were registered under that name on February 3, 1918.

Back To Car Production

After the war, Alfa Romeo continued with the production of their cars. They first focused on assembling parts for those that were still in stock and then moved on to design new models.

Car racing was quite popular at that time and Alfa Romeo joined many Italian races such as the Parma-Berceto, Mugello circuit, and the Brescia circuit. In 1923, there was a racer named Ugo Sivocci who would always be in second place with his Alfa Romeo RL. As a good luck charm, he drew a four-leaf clover inside a white square. He finally won in Targa Florio. 

In an unfortunate accident, Ugo Sivocci died when his car, that didn’t have the four-leaf clover crashed. This had a great impact with the Alfa Romeo and so the succeeding race cars always had the four-leaf clover painted on them. This was also done in memory of Sivocci.

This tradition that started way back then is still done today.

The quadrifoglio logo is now placed on every high performance model that they release. 

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Classic Car Insurance For Your Alfa Romeo

As one of the countless Alfa Romeo Spider owners in the world today, we know first-hand of the happiness and pride that comes owning such a unique and sexy car. Unlike many collector that hide their sports cars in a storage garage, sexy cars like the Spider these are not meant to be stored – they’re meant to be driven!

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Alfa Romeo – The Luxury Brand That Won’t Quit

The Alfa Romeo is a well-loved European brand that produces fine quality luxury vehicles. It’s a resilient brand that has had a lot of close calls but they always seem to pull themselves back up again.

A look at their catalog will reveal some of the most beautiful cars that were ever made. Look back to a decade ago and you’ll see the magnificent line of luxury cars they have to offer. That includes the Giluletta, Brera, Spider, and Mito.

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Transporting Your Sports Car? Get A Covered Car Transport

Congratulations on your recent sports car purchase. Whether you’ve got one of the world’s most affordable sports cars or the more expensive ones, you have to think about how to properly transport it.

There are a variety of ways on how to transport your most precious sports car. One of the best ways to do that is to hire covered car transport. Covered transport provides better security and improved protection for your vehicle while on the road to you.

Apart from that, here are a couple more reasons why you should opt for covered car transport:

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Ten Years With The Alfa Romeo’s Modern Giulietta (Type 940)

Alfa Romeo’s fleet of luxury and sports cars also includes a more family-friendly vehicle to cater to a broader market. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Type 940 is the company’s take on a small sized family car. If you’re looking for a family car, you might also want to check out our Alfa Romeo Stelvio feature post.

Released in 2010 as part of their centenary celebration, this model is still in reproduction up to date and has received upgrades through the years. If you want to enjoy riding a sports car with the family, then this is a great contender. Below are the details so you can better assess whether it is suitable for you and your family.

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