Well, as a Deputy Sheriff I'll never be able to own a F430 (kinda hard to do on 56k a year. Haaaaa) But, there are other cars in my range that I'm sure I would enjoy.
I'll say this: Don't ever give up on your dream,,,NEVER! Good luck w/your schooling. I look up to anyone w/a 4yr degree.
correct wade.....Know of a few Deputy Sheriff's that have exotics.
Pick an example you can live with. Pull the trigger, work at that example. Then make 'other' decisions.
I as above wanted one, decided I would acquire one, then one day, an example came along where it 'seemed'
affordable. I made it my 'Bucket list'...things to do before I die. Didn't want to be on the death bed saying 'ya' know, should have, could have didn't...'
There are plenty of examples of 20-35k cars out there. Thing is, there are NO deals in Ferraris unless you stumble into something of a miracle: NOT.
Less expensive models usually require more in fixin' ... but, so what. You get what you pay for.
Here's the thing...yes, maintenance 'can' be high, as I do for I haven't the facilities to even change my own oil. BUT, over the course of ownership
a. the price on older models remains about frozen.
b. maintenance is the cost of ownership, not the depreciation
c. IF making car payments, as I do, negotiate < 2% loans...That's what I've done. Yep, admit it...I finance them...but, less cost of ownership as I put the real money into better return investments.
d. IF you can do some of your work, then do so...BUT, remember a qualified mechanic is GOLD...IF they know their stuff. They will inspect, find, fix recommend issues before during the event saving the car.
e. DO the specified maintenances...
IF you must sell, then look at it this way, you could be driving a 30-50k american make, which depreciates, and costs you... OR a Ferrari for less overall costs, which can be sold for very nearly what you paid...LESS yearly maintenance. Say you spend, upwards of $6k/year. divided by 12 = $500 month..BUT your are in a FERRARI !!! much different. IF maintenance is just minor your cost of monthly payments goes way down. AND the value is kept....
seemed to me in my simple logic/math mussing when buying that it made actual sense.
then, don't care: I've even acquired another and looking for more, after I sort/upgrade a few items on the ones I have now [want to redo the leather, exhaust, pedals, perhaps repaint, etc.]
My only advice to you is IF a toy/extra then don't bet the rent
IF more than that, like a daily driver-ish, then it's worth it, Even if you have responsibilities like children wife, home food etc.
IF it fulfills a passion, then YES, but if as a symbol, then NO..only if you can afford the latter....too many examples, especially now, of persons selling at a loss just because...ME, I'll sell the truck and keep the Ferrari.