The Valenti name is “gold” on Block Island. There are lots of cars bearing the sticker indicating they were purchased at a Valenti dealership. Subarus and Toyotas are perhaps best represented but it turns out that the enterprising Valenti family also sells Fords, Chevrolets, Jeeps, Chryslers, Dodges, and Volkswagens plus a full range of used vehicles. They have dealerships in the Westerly area and just over the border in Connecticut. And they value Block Island customers at all these locations driving a full range of these brands.
I recently talked with a friend who purchased a Toyota from Valenti and she had nothing but good things to say about her experience.
It turns out that she was visiting her daughter in Massachusetts and drove her Toyota in to a nearby Toyota dealership for service. She was astounded to get a call telling her that on a test drive to check the performance the driver from the dealership had an accident and totaled the car. Not what you expect from having a simple oil change or tire rotation.
She replaced the car by calling Valenti Toyota in Westerly and making her selection of the model, color, and options all by viewing her choices on line.
When the car was ready for delivery, Valenti prepared the car, obtained the registration, and drove the new vehicle to the owner who was at her daughter’s house in Massachusetts. There was no extra charge for door-to-door delivery — with a smile. My friend is now a confirmed Valenti customer.
The Valenti family has been in the car business since 1927 and the fourth generation of the family is now engaged in the business. It is obvious why they have run a successful business for 90 years. They take care of their customers.
Valenti Toyota and Subaru, 6 Langworthy Rd., Westerly. (401) 322-7200.
Valenti Chevrolet, 399 N. Colony St., Wallingford, Conn., (203) 774-4035.