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post #1 of 11 Old 06-21-2009, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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I have recently become serious in considering a Testarossa in my future. I do have a couple of questions regarding a PPI and was hoping that someone who has gone through this might be able to help.
1. How do you go about locating a mechanic in another city who has the skills and experience to do a PPI? Most cities don't boast a Ferrari dealership and depending on the seller to recommend a mechanic seems fraught with conflict-of-interest issues.
2. Once a qualified mechanic has been identified, how does one facilitate getting the prospective purchase to and from the mechanic's shop? Seems simple enough on the face of things, but issues associated with transport to and from, insuring the safety of the car during transport to and from and during the PPI, and a host of other concerns have me scratching my head.

Thanks in advance for any advice I can get from the folks who have "been there, done that."
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-21-2009, 04:07 PM
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Been There and Done that.

The 348 that I had my eye on was in Scottsdale AZ - which as simple geography dictates is a long way from Southern Ontario Canada.

I asked for references on this site for someone in the area. Boxer recommended that I PM a member who lived in Phoenix.

This gentlemen recommended two shops.

I also asked the dealer - who recommended the same two shops in the same order of preference. This added to my comfort.

The dealer in my case drove the car to and from.

I was sent the PPI by e-mail. I called the mechanic for a bit of clarification ( it was mostly good but a few comments on the electric windows made it seem worse than it was and delivered it was fine by my standards )- then called the dealer and we agreed on the price.

It was delivered one year ago today - Happy Ferrari Fathers day.

Good Luck and let us know how you make out.

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Per Greg's comments, finding a person to do the PPI is normally via word of mouth from existing owners.

On transportign the car to the shop for the PPI, if the owner will or can not do it, most mechanics will collect and return the car.
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I would add to stay away from asking dealers to do PPI's.

You always want a reputable independent shop.

Make sure you know a good deal first about the specific year you have in mind.

Do your homework so you might know what to expect.
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I would add to stay away from asking dealers to do PPI's.

You always want a reputable independent shop.

Make sure you know a good deal first about the specific year you have in mind.

Do your homework so you might know what to expect.
I am OK having a dealer do the PPI, if you know the dealership and mechanic well.
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That is a good point.

There is great indifference on the part of dealer's in this area to review another's work, however!
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-23-2009, 03:26 PM
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You don't mention your city, so we cannot specifically help you if seriously considering.

BUT, if truly worried, there are very good people, like Brian Crall, here, that know the TRs inside out....he could travel, but it will be a healthy dime I'd expect..what do you think Greg?

BTW: PPIs are a starting point to either negotiate or accept WHAT YOU KNOW. it is a means to expect what comes next, and not fall into traps. Just because it fails in some areas doens't discount the purchase possibllities..that is, you can negotiate the correct price, or accept the price and know what is to be done next.
IF THE car is worth it.....

many a PPI has performed miracles:
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-24-2009, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks to everyone who responded. I will definitely ask for some help when I find a TR that I'm interested in. Its comforting to know there are folks who have "been there, done that" who are willing to share their experience.
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I don't know if Brian travels for PPI's but he'd certainly be the one or if in the Denver area there would be Dave Helms.

Unless we know where DocM is or where the car is in which he's interested we can't help him.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-27-2009, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks again to everyone who responded to my questions. I am in the Tulsa, OK area. I am just beginning my search. I will certainly ask for advice/help when I find the TR I am looking for.
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Do take your time.

There is a great deal to know about Testarossa's and the better years, etc.

Plenty here who can help.
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