My quest for the F430 Coupe so far : 9/28
I have come long a way from about 2 weeks ago when I was asking for guidance in buying my first Ferrari. Here is what I have found so far, I'm not saying it is good or bad. These are cars found on autotrader, cars.com,craigslist.
1) Most F430s have 3+ owners.
2) Most F430s service records do not go back further than 2 years.
3) Some sellers feel that a power train warranty and the fact the car checks out is all that is needed.
4) Some sellers feel if it is Ferrari certified then all is good.
5) One seller promised to send photos but never did. Being a dealership I am perplexed. There were multiple email exchanges. I see the ad for this car is still up.
6) There are two type of Ferrari owners:
6.l) The casual owner who decides they want a Ferrari for a short period.
6.2) The serious collector who values a documented service history above a cool video of the car being put through trials.
7) Some sellers feel all the records since the car was initially sold means an oil change receipt and some minor tuning from some shop.
8) When service records are requested here are some of the answer
8.1) The question is ignored and the response " The car runs great! Let's make a deal".
8.2) Let's make a deal and you can get the records from Ferrari of xyz later.
8.3) It is too hard to get the records.
8.4) The dealership was sold and the records were erased.
8.4) Silence, no response.
I don't pass judgement on any of the sellers but am tickled, amused and at times frustrated by the responses.