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post #1 of 4 Old 09-29-2009, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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When all of you owners here first thought about a buying a Ferrari how did you go about driving the different models to see what you really did like? As I posted prior, I am seriously considering getting a 360 but frankly, I have never driven that model. I was thinking of renting one when I will be down in LA in a few weeks (at $14000 per day) but I was curious how you guys decided on the model you ultimately bought?
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If you are a serious enough prospective buyer you should be able to test drive them. I have a friend who tried out a couple of Ferraris in his price range before settling on a CS, and personally I've been able to drive Boxers and other vintage Ferraris from people who didn't know me from a bar of soap.

How do you get perceived as a serious enough buyer? Well, put your case forward openly ("I am considering this model and that model but I've never driven them"), and show that you've done your research. Don't push to sit behind the wheel but try and find out more about the dealer or specialist. Talk cars for a while. Have some coffee. Discuss the various models you're considering and your perceptions of them without having driven them. If you take your time, then the guy should let you drive them. If not - don't buy your car there.

What can help, BTW, is if you drive a serious car there just to show you're not new to performance vehicles. But it should not be a requirement.

OTOH: I bought my first Ferrari without having driven either that model or that example.... I still own it so it's not necessarily a disaster.


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If you are a serious enough prospective buyer you should be able to test drive them. I have a friend who tried out a couple of Ferraris in his price range before settling on a CS, and personally I've been able to drive Boxers and other vintage Ferraris from people who didn't know me from a bar of soap.

How do you get perceived as a serious enough buyer? Well, put your case forward openly ("I am considering this model and that model but I've never driven them"), and show that you've done your research. Don't push to sit behind the wheel but try and find out more about the dealer or specialist. Talk cars for a while. Have some coffee. Discuss the various models you're considering and your perceptions of them without having driven them. If you take your time, then the guy should let you drive them. If not - don't buy your car there.

What can help, BTW, is if you drive a serious car there just to show you're not new to performance vehicles. But it should not be a requirement.

OTOH: I bought my first Ferrari without having driven either that model or that example.... I still own it so it's not necessarily a disaster.


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+1. I would not buy a car from a dealer who would not allow me to test drive it.
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Test Rides - We don't need no stinkin' test rides

Test riding a car BEFORE buying it - What a novel thought.

Hell, I did not even see my car until it was delivered. This was the biggest leap of faith I ever had.

To be honest, the first few drives for me were not that much fun - I had to learn how to drive the car as it is much different than any other vehicle I ever drove. I love direct feel of the road and pushing the up to the red-line.

Keep us posted.

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