Fuccillo tears up vehicle contract for NFM veteran
Billy Fuccillo, CEO of the Fuccillo Automotive Group, never does anything small.
On July 2, a North Fort Myers couple got one huge deal when the general manager of the Cape Coral Fuccillo Kia tore up the contract of the car they were about to buy.
Alan and Paula Johnson were the ecstatic recipients from this request, and drove home with their brand new Kia Sedona (usually valued at about $32,000) that afternoon.
Xavier Villareal, general manager, was told by Fuccillo via phone that when the next military veteran comes in to purchase a new car, he was to “tear up the contract.”
“We chatted that morning and he didn’t give me any insight on what he wanted to do. He called that afternoon and said the next military veteran who buys a car, I want you to relay a message and rip up the contract,” Villareal said. “We had little time to prepare and they happened to be the next one.”
The Johnsons came in looking for something they could drive to Maryland to see their grandchild. They were going to buy a used car, but decided to spend a few more dollars a month for a new lease, Paula said.
“My husband gave him the discharge papers. Soon, we heard fire sirens and they announced everyone working on a contract got a free dinner, which I was excited about,” Paula said. “Then they said one customer would have their contract ripped in half.”
Villareal then came behind them, ripped up the contract and passed along a message from Fuccillo to the couple, saying, “Thank you for your service to our country. This contract ., it’s on me! To all the veterans out there, there is no greater thanks we can give. Have a HUGE 4th of July!”
“We were both crying. I don’t even win bingo, so we were very excited,” Paula said. “Now, we don’t have to worry about breaking down on the way to Maryland.”
Alan, who served in the Navy during Vietnam, said he was thrilled.
“We definitely weren’t expecting it. We went in looking for a car and God was smiling on us. That’s all I can say,” Alan said. “It brings tears to my eyes.”
The gesture was not only a thank you to those who have served, but also the kickoff to a sales event where the dealership will occasionally rip up a contract of any customer buying a new Kia.
Those who are in the store at the time will also win a $25 gift card of the dealership’s choice.
During July, Fuccillo and Villareal will be walk the showroom, where Billy reserves for himself and/or Villareal the right to randomly “rip up the contract” of any customer buying or leasing a new Kia, resulting in the customer receiving his/her new Kia free.
Every other customer in the dealership at the time will receive a $25 gift card to a restaurant, just for being at the dealership at that moment, said marketing director Amy Homa.
Also, for anyone who buys or leases a new car from Fuccillo Kia, they will match of the customer’s down payment on their contract up to $1,000. If the customer provides proof that they are an active or veteran member of the U.S. military, the maximum matched will be $1,500.
“It’s fantastic what he does for the community. It’s another case where it’s great to be involved in it all,” Villareal said. “We do all this and half the people out there don’t believe it until it’s someone you know. It’s really awesome.”
“You see the commercials and we didn’t know how much of it was true, but it is true,” Paula said. “I’ve always been grateful to my husband for being a veteran, but even more so now.”
“If you don’t believe the commercials, start. It does happen,” Alan said.