Meet our Safford Family


Meet Our FIAT Studio Lead, Duane Bushee

Safford Fiat of Fredericksburg

just the facts….. duane’s been married for 31 years, has two daughters and three grandchildren                                                             he’s been in the car business for 12 years

coffee or tea…… coffee every morning – Starbucks grande pike place roast, but Wawa will do in a pinch

cat or dog………. dog: 4-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier named Cassie (she’s a lover not a fighter) We                                               adopted her from rescue when she was 9 months old

sweet fix…………. dark chocolate, ghiradelli 72% cacao is my fave

best stress reliever… 4 hours outside on a great golf course

if I could design the next FIAT…. it would be a small, sporty AWD sport utility keeping FIAT’s italian style

favorite indulgence…. a really good bottle of California Cabernet (Chappellet Mountain Cuvee is my                                                    current favorite)

I will never give up my…. Ping G5 Driver – it’s the only club in my bag that I can count on

motto I live by….. ‘actions speak louder than words’

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Hello Darrin!

Favorite feature of the FIAT 500: It caters to a market that Chrysler has long left untapped

just the facts….. Darrin has a 21-year-old son and a 6 month-old granddaughter. He’s worked for 22 years in dealership parts.

sweet fix….. chocolate

greatest burger….. one that I’ve hand patted and grilled

on my feet you will find….. the most comfortable shoes I can find for working on this concrete

favorite winter activity….. bouncing thru the snow in my dodge 4×4

best recent read….. Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

what I love best about our FIAT customers.... they're very understanding about the fact that we're still trying to put together and implement the processes between sales, service, and parts to efficiently take care of all their needs

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here’s Marsha!

Safford Fiat of Fredericksburg

just the facts….. marsha is married and has two kids – a 10-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter                                                                       she is a fiat specialist and has been in the car business since 2006

coffee or tea….. grande, nonfat, 1 pump, sugar-free caramel machiatto….somedays, add an extra shot!

best burger….. is at Waterloo Ice House in Texas, and the best BBQ is at The Salt Lick in Texas! (seems                                                                         to be a theme….)

my role model growing up was…. my mom 🙂

I get my sweet fix from…. anything I bake, but if there’s no time, I LOVE chewy sprees!

my favorite FIAT 500 feature is….. all the buttons on the steering wheel

favorite summer activity…. BBQ’s – and anywhere with a pool and a bar (and even better if the bar is IN                                                      the pool!)

I will never give up my…. coffee and cell phone….and trust me, you don’t want me to!

favorite indulgence….. shoes….and a nice steak (cause I get hungry after all that shopping)

best advice I’ve been given…. ‘you can do anything you set your mind to’

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Get to know Fiat Service Lead, Jay

safford fiat of fredericksburg

just the facts….. jay is married and has a 2-year-old daughter.                                                                                                                                                 he’s been in the car business for eleven years.

coffee or tea….. why not beer???  okay – McDonald’s sweet tea, Rt 1 and Mine Rd, with extra ice… but beverage of choice, BUD LIGHT!

dog or cat…. cats – 2…. one is three with long hair, the other is 4 with short hair.  Both are free to a good home but must go together.

sweet fix…. white chocolate – any and everything white chocolate!

role model growing up…. my father… coal miner turned respiratory therapist – through thick and thin ( lay-offs and back surgeries ) he made a life changing transition and came out way on top.  He moved out-of-state and paved the way for his family – just amazing!  I didn’t realize it then, but looking back now, with a family of my own, I know it was hard, took a lot of courage and patience, and he pulled through.

if I could design the next FIAT…. it would have rear wheel drive, twin turbo v6, a slightly longer wheel base, 6 speed manual/ dual clutch auto, 17″ wheels, 16″ brakes…. goes fast, stops fast, corners solid

favorite indulgence…. taco bell…. why?  I don’t know, but YUM!

best advise ever given…. ‘be a ram, not a sheep’

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It’s our FIAT service specialist:  JIMMY!

safford fiat of fredericksburg

just the facts….. jimmy’s been married to his high school sweetheart for 18 years                                                                                                                       he has two excellent kids that he loves most of the time

cat or dog….. dog….2, named ‘texas’ and ‘chainsaw’

coffee or tea…. wawa coffee or white mocha latte on payday

best burger….. his

if i could design the next FIAT….. I would slap a turbo on it and see how fast it would go

favorite indulgence….. bud light (everybody has faults)

book on my nightstand…. the remote control

role model growing up…. my dad and my pop pop

on my playlist right now….. rock n roll…. my son is trying to get me into rap, but I’m just not feeling it

motto I live by….. ‘respect is a two-way street; it is earned, not given’

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