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Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo

does anyone here have experience with this dealership?

As you know, I'm always really curious about Ferrari's and I like to learn every bit I can about them...

...I'm planning on going and visiting their dealership in Portland sometime next week, but as you may know, I'm only a college student. Do you think this may be a bad idea to stop by?
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Not at all. Mention you have been on this site for a while and you chat with us and it might give you some creds as a true enthusiast and not just some idiot off the street that just got a wild hair up his ass when he walked by.

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does anyone here have experience with this dealership?

As you know, I'm always really curious about Ferrari's and I like to learn every bit I can about them...

...I'm planning on going and visiting their dealership in Portland sometime next week, but as you may know, I'm only a college student. Do you think this may be a bad idea to stop by?
Personally, I have no experience myself paying a visit to Ferrari showroom/ dealership. Hearing all kinds of stories, it would be interesting to find out the outcome. Do let us know how you were treated at RonTonkin. Good luck and have fun. w/ smiles Jimmy

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Have you ever read One Year with a Ferrari? Author talks a bit about Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. http://www.oneyearwithaferrari.com/s...max-results=36
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Have you ever read One Year with a Ferrari? Author talks a bit about Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. http://www.oneyearwithaferrari.com/s...max-results=36
very cool, i've read the first few blogs just now and will keep reading, very useful insight, thanks!
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I was in Portland back in january and I stopped in too. Very old dealership but a nice selection of cars and fairly courteous staff. This is where I saw a 2004 575 M for $104K.... it was even the right color.... Silver...

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...I'm planning on going and visiting their dealership in Portland sometime next week, but as you may know, I'm only a college student. Do you think this may be a bad idea to stop by?


I have spent may years working in Ferrari dealerships. You need to remember this, it is your hobby, it is their business and job. As much as we all understand the need for good PR sometimes it is difficult to accomodate someone there for your purpose. It is not that anyone doesn't want to, afterall most are Ferrari enthusiasts like yourself but trust me some weeks it seems like there are so many visitors it really becomes difficult to get the job done. If you identify yourself up front as an enthusiast and not a customer, tell them you do not want to interfere or needlessly take up their time I suspect you will be much more welcome.

Tell them you would really like a RTGT license frame for your car from the oldest Ferrari dealer in North America and they will know this is not just a passing fancy of yours.
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very good advice, vis a vis the hobby/business. Just think about your own business. Hobbyists are a pain in the ass. Specially if you have been doing it for 10 or 20 years. I know hobbyists are a PITA in my biz. Much rather be dealing with customers.



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Thanks for the advice. I felt uncomfortable "just showing up" so I went ahead and sent them a message yesterday morning asking for a good date and time to stop by without being a disturbance. They promptly replied within an hour and were more than happy to suggest a time and wrote that they understand that not everyone can be a client just yet.

I suppose I felt that if I wanted them to take me seriously, or at least give me the time of day, I should be at least polite enough to send them a message ahead of time describing my interest and situation. I don't want to waste my time as well as their own.

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Personally, I have no experience myself paying a visit to Ferrari showroom/ dealership. Hearing all kinds of stories, it would be interesting to find out the outcome. Do let us know how you were treated at RonTonkin. Good luck and have fun. w/ smiles Jimmy
Hi Jimmy,

they were very friendly and courteous even though they knew I wasn't buying. The rep let me look through some of their brochures (which I found out weren't free, but rather $45 a piece. haha.) and took me into their back room where they had some of Ron Tonkin's personal cars locked up for storage. There was a Dino, California, F355, and a Superamerica in the back room. In the front there was a 430 Scuderia and an F430, the rep let me sit in the driver's seat of the F430 and it was very nice. The interior on the F430 is much more impressive than all the carbon fiber in the Scuderia in my honest opinion (I rode shotgun in a Scuderia once), the F430 was very nice. The paddle shifters and everything felt very solid and sturdy, but I was surprised to notice how much of a reach it is for the wipers and turn signals, when my hands are on the wheel, but then again I'm not too big of a guy. haha.

Anyways, all in all it was a fun experience and would like to be back there some day with cash in hand to purchase one of those beauties.
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Hi Jimmy,

they were very friendly and courteous even though they knew I wasn't buying. The rep let me look through some of their brochures (which I found out weren't free, but rather $45 a piece. haha.) and took me into their back room where they had some of Ron Tonkin's personal cars locked up for storage. There was a Dino, California, F355, and a Superamerica in the back room. In the front there was a 430 Scuderia and an F430, the rep let me sit in the driver's seat of the F430 and it was very nice. The interior on the F430 is much more impressive than all the carbon fiber in the Scuderia in my honest opinion (I rode shotgun in a Scuderia once), the F430 was very nice. The paddle shifters and everything felt very solid and sturdy, but I was surprised to notice how much of a reach it is for the wipers and turn signals, when my hands are on the wheel, but then again I'm not too big of a guy. haha.

Anyways, all in all it was a fun experience and would like to be back there some day with cash in hand to purchase one of those beauties.
So, did you get a souvenir from Americas oldest Ferrari dealer?
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So, did you get a souvenir from Americas oldest Ferrari dealer?
oh haha, no i did not ask. i'll ask for one of those when i get an actual ferrari
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30 years ago (I was still wet behind the ears) my buddy and I stopped in at Ron Tonkin GT and where treated like princes. Must have been a slow sales day but I'll always remember how well they treated a pair of dumb teenagers and even took us for a ride. Super bunch of guys and that must reflect well on the boss too. Bill
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