So, preface this longish story with "Run Forrest, Run!"
Was in Columbus, Ohio on business today, about 1.5 hours from my home. Visited a dealer selling an '02 360 Spider, 13k miles, Rosso / Black, Power Seats, Rear Challenge Grid, 6CD Changer, Tubi Exhaust (a must for me!)
and a few leather upgrades. Aftermarket Scuderia Shields - you can REALLY tell a difference between the aftermarket and the OEM when you've seen them both!
Dealer manager was nice, explained that I'm in the market. I didn't ask for a test drive because I'm not serious about his car. Visit was more just for my information, since I haven't had the chance to examine a 360 Spider in detail since I started my search in earnest.
Dealer doesn't know how many owners. Only has service records for about 16 months, claims belt service done in that time along with annuals.
Equipped with some very shiny chrome Asanti wheels, not my style at all. They looked way too difficult to clean. Clear bra, almost all leading surfaces wrapped. Some dirt under edges of clear bra, especially where bonnet meets bumper. Now for the good part.
Dealer manager says "No accidents." I ask him, "Is that what they told you to say?" He asks why, and I was very polite about it. Told him I wasn't there to insult him or his car, I just tell it like it is. Within 5 minutes of crawling around the car, I was able to tell (rather obviously and conclusively, so I'm proud of myself) that it was involved in a driver's side front corner collision. I pointed out how black paint had been applied to the ID Plaque on the trailing edge of that corner, visible when the driver's door was open. Also pointed out "drip marks" in black paint and red overspray on same pieces. Then we opened the bonnet and found more overspray (red paint on black surfaces is pretty easy to spot, right?!?!) on the driver's side edge. He told me, in his 30 years of selling high lines (yadda yadda yadda) he had never been proven wrong by a customer like that. He also said it was a "helluva" repair job. I kept quiet at that. I'm hoping he was blowing smoke, because the damage seemed so obvious to me. I got a little bit worried then, but held my ground.
In addition to the accident damage, it had a highly-customized Rockford Fosgate amplifier and dual-subwoofer arrangement right behind the seats. Not my style (maybe 10 years ago, but not today, and not in that car). I did like the iPod hookup though. That was the silver lining.
Next, ALL silver surfaces in the cabin were covered by a carbon-fiber looking contact paper (the kind you'd apply to your kitchen drawers). Obviously higher quality, and thinking how much someone must have spent on that LABOR made my head hurt. Even the guage cluser was papered over! Then, back in the engine compartment, SAME contact paper! This was applied to the left and right upper flanks, under the engine cover, but not directly next to the engine itself. Not my style. Oh, they also painted the air filter boxes Rosso Corsa. Sort of silly if you ask me, since it doesn't match the paint on the actual engine!!!
The car has tools, but is missing the car cover. Also, only 1 key and 1 black fob. So, that sort of tells me it has changed hands several times. I'm hoping for 2-3 owners in my eventual selection.
The last part is the kicker: I asked if he'd allow the local Ferrari dealer (and I believe our only Ferrari dealer in central/southern Ohio) to do a PPI. He declined politely.
I started seeing warning flags pop up. Time to go!
I took that as my cue to exit. The wife was calling me anyway. Oh, and on that subject, she wasn't pissed when I told her this story. She listened to me talk, but I don't know if she "heard" a word of it. Oh well, PROGRESS!! At least she didn't shut me down or leave the room!
I'll be behind the wheel before I know it!
PS: Private Sellers on Autotrader are pissing me off. You e-mail them about the car, and they never respond. I guess that means its sold. Dealers have always responded within like 60 minutes.
Hope you enjoyed my tale.