Importing update - success !
It's been a while since I have been on here, thus thought it would be good to update you on the main parts of my experience. I should start be telling anyone that is looking to do this themselves to do your homework and keep everything documented. also, if the car is 15 years or older, you don't need to go through the RIV process. ( 95 and soon 96 models will be ok to go )
I considered paying a broker to take care of everything, basically take the car door to door from the east coast to the west coast -several quotes came out pretty close :
FNA recall letter - 6K USD , local ferrari inspection and install of daytime running lights etc - quoted min 4K , trucking acros the country - 3K, broker fees - anywhere from 1200 - 3000 K add this all up and you may as well buy something in canada .. right ?
I can tell you that I did not pay FNA 6K for a letter, i did not pay a broker, and my trucking cost was $1800.00 (enclosed trailer.) I paid 88.00 for a daytime running light kit which I installed myself meticulously in 30- 45 minutes.
The key is to ensure that the car you are buying has all the recalls done in the US - THIS WORK IS FREE AT AUTHORIZED FERRARI SHOPS in the US.
So I had the car towed to the nearest ferrari dealer, they performed all the updates, fixed my airbag light ( I paid $118.00 for that ) asked them to give me a bill with a statement that all updates were performed, and off I went.
RIV was a bit of a pain in the ass as they kept asking me for more details on the recall work. I patiently kept sending them information, complete VIN NUMBER, dealership service history printout, etc. once they finally accepted everything, I trailered the car to the border myself, payed my duties and taxes, unloaded her in my drive way and stared at her till midnight with beer(s) in hand.
The next task was to get her inspected - in canada, canadian tire is the official RIV inspection site - (scary , I know) if you read the rules as dictaed by ferrari, ferrari states that the car has to be inspected by a local ferrari shop. RIV accepted Canadian tire to inspect my car... So one sunny saturday morning , off I went. All the mechanics there were drooling over the car - no one wanted to touch it ! I was sitting outside close by and watching every move they made the most senior tech did the inspection (for fear the tech kids may spunk all over it is my guess) - They tried to jack it up, but quickly noticed that the whole under of the car has a windage tray - their jacks would also not fit right and they really did not want to risk f'ing anything up, so basically they checked brakes, lights, weight stickers etc. in fairness they were pretty thorough and careful about everything they did. An hour and $60 later, I was in a nearby autoplan shop buying insurance. I installed a tubi system ( found on ebay for 1,000.00 ) and installed it perfectly. I plan to perform the full 30 K service this winter, pulling the engine out of the car, replacing all hardware hoses , repaint valve covers etc - basically all of the detailed things that i know shops won't spend time doing the same as one would do on his own baby.
There is alot more to the story, and it was a fair amount of work, luck , and preserverence on my part....but I can tell you that I enjoyed this past summer hitting redline on many Canadian higways with this car - hearing one of these sob's at full song makes all the headaches and bs worthwhile ... believe me !
Good luck to anyone else out there
Last edited by wwillywild_1; 10-20-2010 at 07:02 PM.