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Discussion in 'Maserati' started by P.Cappelle, Dec 14, 2021.
I think it was 2006 or 7?
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It still remains an exception nowadays and I am not at all sure that Paypal or whatever other payment method you have in mind would have been of any help.
American Express, they are very good when it comes to fighting fraud.
Not accepted very much in Europe, nowhere near as much as Visa. Visa sorted me out very helpfully on two occasions, a rental car insurance issue in Switzerland, 2007 and an airline ticket double booking in 2015 when I flew Riga Geneva via Warsaw on Lot airlines, the Polish national airline. On the latter issue they cancelled BOTH tickets so I ended up flying for free. Considering it was a lousy airline I did not mind or feel bad one bit...and I never heard from Lot afterwards.
I really don’t use any other card than Amex only keep a visa for emergency usage. When I first started doing regular traveling to Europe (primarily Italy) most places didn’t take it, but for the last 10 years it’s become accepted more and more. The only places that don’t accept it are usually very small restaurants or shops. While they aren’t happy about the higher card fees from Amex, it’s just too much business to turn down.
I've used it and credit cards WO issue so your perception is not the same as mine. If you want to be doing business with Americans this is what you HAVE to do.
Will Maserati sell spare parts directly to us end-consumers? Or will they produce them and sell trough the trade? I have several different Italian brand classic cars and it is a big difference getting spare parts for Maserati and Lancia vs Alfa. Most Maserati and Lancia retailers do not show the price, you have to e-mail or call to get the price for each and every item. This is very time consuming and irritating. I can not tell you how many e-mails and phone calls I had to make in order to restore a Flaminia engine. On the other hand, restoring several Alfa engines, it could not be easier. There are several webshops available and in my opinion Classic Alfa is best in class. Clear pictures with price, click, click and two days later the parts arrive because EVERYHING is in stock. That is a huge difference compared to all italian spare part dealers I have been in contact with. It takes weeks, months before the parts arrive. If Maserati decides to sell directly to us, there is no choice if they want to be succesful than to develop a webshop in line with that of Classic Alfa.
Classic Alfa is not affiliated with Alfa SpA, they are an independent business. I would suspect depending on Franchise Laws in a particular country that the parts may have to be sold through authorized dealers or service facilities. That doesn’t mean that Every authorized facility will be Classiche Designated. They will undoubtedly have to meet a certain criteria to obtain the designation.
So what you say is that only authorized Maserati dealers will have access to the newly produced parts? Most official dealers have no or little knowledge of classic Maseratis.
no what I said was that it will probably depend on franchise laws in each country. In many countries manufacturers are prohibited from selling directly to the public. (In the USA each state has their own franchise laws, there are legal battles going on in many states with Tesla as they are trying to sell direct avoiding the traditional independent dealer franchise networks).
Please don`t forget that Alfa -in the classic period- sold in a month the number of cars, Maserati (and also Ferrari, Lamborghini etc.) sold in a year...
As in the US it is not very difficult to get all Alfa parts here in EU.
I live in Turin and i have knowledge about the classic spare parts of the former FCA group: they aren't interested at all.
It remembers me the story of Rolex watches: no vintage, just new.
Also the FCA Heritage department is incapable to recreate any parts without the proper machineries, the original drawings or the 3D technology, so this market is completely in other hands.
Generally speaking Maserati GTs were parts bin cars. Outside of the engine very little was proprietary.
On Monday, January 3rd '22, six classic Maseratis were loaded on the truck. Destination: Maserati, Modena.
In the factory, the cars will undergo comprehensive checks for the Certification of Authenticity. I'll keep you informed.
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UPDATE: Certification of Authenticity for Mistral Coupé - AM109 A1 *1580*
I have received a phone call from Maserati Classiche to confirm the certification of the Mistral is successfully completed. The report and its contents will be made available later. Here is the car: https://www.classichemasters.com/maseratis-for-sale/am109_a1_1580-maserati-mistral-coupe
So, at the end of the process, does the car involved get a "100%" certification or may be there some issues identified to be eventually sorted out by the owner?
From what they told me earlier, the car is either certified or is not.
They will not communicate the actual score based on the +300 checklist.
BUT, a separate note will mention remarks and points of improvement. It is up to the owner to act upon these remarks and will not affect the certification. Maserati will not work on the car. What I mean is that spending an extra budget on these remarks will NOT make the car extra certified. However, in a car sale, this note can be used to show transparency to a buyer. And when you can put an invoice next to the remarks it shows care of the owner and enhances trust between parties.
I am awaiting the report and feedback from Modena.