Moving on up: Sam Faiers enlists the help of co-star Gemma Collins to pick out a brand new BMW

By Andrea Magrath

They may be famously paid pittance for their roles on The Only Way is Essex, but the stars are clearly making plenty of money elsewhere.

Sam Faiers, 20, was spotted checking out a new set of wheels at a dealership in Essex yesterday, where Lucy Mecklenburgh and her boyfriend Mario Falcone were also seen splashing their cash the same day.

Sam enlisted the help of her co-star Gemma Collins, who worked at the dealership at the start of last season before landing a permanent role on the show, to help her choose her new BMW.

Moving up: Sam Faiers inspected a new BMW yesterday in Essex

The former glamour model inspected a white model before chatting with Gemma and some of her old colleagues inside the office.

Sam's retail boutique Minnie's has been a huge success since its launch earlier in the year, enabling her to upgrade from her little Mini to a flashier vehicle.

Perhaps the new toy will be a pick-me-up after the reality star's emotional confrontation with her ex-boyfriend Joey Essex.

Expertise: Sam enlisted the help of co-star Gemma Collins, who used to work at the dealership before starting on TOWIE

Back to work: Gemma and Sam chatted to some of Gemma's old colleagues inside the dealership

Despite being the one to call the whirlwind romance off over the phone, Sam shed tears as her ex told her he still had feelings for her.

Of course, Sam has already admitted that she has moved on to new man TJ, who she met shortly after ending things with Joey earlier in the summer.

Gemma also did not have the greatest time of it on last night's episode, expressing shock when she was told that friend Maria Fowler was on a date with Gemma's old crush Mick Norcross.

Emotional: On last night's show Sam's confrontation with her ex Joey Essex ended in tears

She what? Gemma was shocked to hear last night that her friend Maria Fowler had gone on a date with her old crush Mick Norcross

Collins had previously said she was over Mick, and even set them up at last week's singles night, but when she found out that he was out with Maria she was gobsmacked.

'Are you joking me?' she asked. 'If I'm being honest, I'm a bit pissed off about it.
I set them up because I didn't think they'd get on. What a bitch.'

Meanwhile Lucy and Mario were also spotted at the dealership, where Mario surprised his girlfriend with a silver BMW.

A little something to help you forget Mark: Lucy Mecklenburgh was also at the dealership yesterday, where he boyfriend Mario surprised her with a car

If he was hoping to distract her from Mark Wright, it appeared to have worked.

The pretty brunette, wearing leggings and an animal-print dress by Missguided, squealed in delight when she saw the car, rewarding Mario with a lingering kiss.

Last night, Mario faced up to Mark after Wright heard he'd been bitching about him. The conversation ended with Mark telling Mario 'If I wanted Lucy I could have her.'

You've done well! Lucy thanks her beau for the generous gift

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