Auto Ricambi History
What is Auto Ricambi? Auto Ricambi is a good example of what happens when someone’s passion becomes their profession. In this case, it was Csaba Vandor and Ramzi Gillespie’s passion for FIAT – FIAT 124 Spiders, to be exact – that started Auto Ricambi’s successful niche classic FIAT Spider mail-order business. To get the full story, we must go back to 2009 when it all started in Csaba’s garage.
Csaba and Ramzi had been friends and fellow FIAT enthusiasts for many years prior to forming Auto Ricambi, and it seemed only natural that they combine their resources and talent to form a company that would provide FIAT Spider owners with quality replacement parts. In those early days, the two worked hard to stock the best parts on the market and fulfill orders quickly and efficiently. By 2010, business had rapidly grown to the point they required additional space, which they found in their current Colleyville facility. The friends and partners continued to realize substantial growth, affirming without doubt that the decision to turn passion into profession was the right path to take.
Colleyville proved to be a great home to Auto Ricambi, and as the business continued to thrive, the need for expansion became increasingly real. The most pressing matter was hiring additional staff to help with orders and shipping. AJ Bennett was brought in to assist and manage shipping logistics, while Frank Battaglia was hired to handle the ever-increasing customer call volume. Frank brought a shared passion and vast knowledge of FIAT Spiders to the growing team, as well as extensive customer service skills.
Over the years, Auto Ricambi acquired other FIAT parts businesses and inventories that were either retiring or shutting down. A special dedication is required to make selling parts online for FIAT Spiders a profitable endeavor, and the team knew they were on to something good. As growth continued, it became evident that a new mobile-friendly website with the support of added marketing efforts should be the next step forward. Brett Melancon, another fellow FIAT enthusiast with considerable automotive experience, was soon recruited to manage this transition and to facilitate expanding focus to include the new FIAT 124 Spider, which had been introduced recently into the US marketplace. Brett used his 26 years of advertising agency experience to extend Auto Ricambi’s reach from a classic car-only business to one that now serviced owners of new FIAT Spiders as well.
Today, Auto Ricambi houses North America’s largest inventory of parts for both classic and new FIAT Spiders, in stock and ready to ship to owners around the globe. In addition, they have expanded their inventory to include parts support for new FIAT 500 models, 2012 and up, the latest move that further establishes a bright future for this niche company selling quality parts via the Internet.
The Auto Ricambi team has never been stronger, and business has never been better. Experiencing double-digit growth over the last two years has prompted the need for more warehouse space. Csaba and Ramzi initially considered options that would have taken the company out of Colleyville to more affordable real estate, but at the end of the day, the partners decided that a newly available building next door to the current facility would be perfect for expansion and well worth the investment. Happy to continue its commitment to the city of Colleyville, plans are now underway to complete the new world headquarters of Auto Ricambi in 2020, just in time for the 10-year anniversary of calling Colleyville home.
One of the things that Auto Ricambi is proud to say is that when you can get paid to do something that you really love, it will not seem like work. This is where that ‘passion to profession’ ideal is played out everyday… right here in Colleyville, Texas.