I am considering the car shown in the attached link. I've never owned a Ferrari. I plan to drive this myself and also do a ppi. However, if anyone would care to comment on the price or tell me things to look out for, I would really appreciate it.
It's summer and people are too busy driving the snot out of their F430s.
Seriously though, it looks like a very nicely optioned F430 at a reasonable asking price. Make sure the history is clean and no accident damage (via PPI..carfax is just 1st step). There's not a ton to worry about on these cars. If the car checks out and you can get it below $120k, scoop up it up and smile!
Read up on the F430 "Buyer's Guide" in this month's Forza magazine - edition 119.
However I would pitch a guess that there may have been considerable previous 'what should I look out for' threads on the F430 and I may even recall seeing a 'buying guide' so the search facility could/should be your first port of call?
Can't comment on price from this side of the pond but car looks nice
As mentioned before, make a serious PPI and put especialy attention on the exhaust headers/brackets which is the main (and only) weakness of the F430. I would request also a full SD3 (Ferrari diagnostic system) print out and go through the different values. If you have doubts/questions on some values, don't hesitate to post the report here.
Small world I guess. I know SW-the owner-I bought my very first ferrari from him. I flew down and met him about 5yrs ago, visited his home and saw his private collection of about a dozen cars. He is a private collector and also runs a few cars on the track-not the ones he sells. The guy is honest and knows Ferrari's well, I would buy from him again site unseen. The car I bought from him never had a single issue.
I know the front driver door on that 430 you are looking at has been repainted. I would be shocked if he hasn't already told you that. I think he sold that car last year. He gets a lot of return customers who come back and trade up. Having said all that sometimes even the most honest people don't know of a problem with a car they are selling. So since you don't know him- spend the money and get a PPI. I would pay 125-not more. Good luck