I feel like if I do this on my own I will have a 6 month learning curve!
What's wrong with that? I searched for 1 year for Miss Right before I plunked down the money the same week she was listed for sale! Look at it this way:
Buying a Ferrari is as much a journey as it was to amass the wherewithal to do so. It's a journey of self-reflection and a quest for knowledge.
If you buy one with a quick trigger, you're going to miss out on a lot of information that is crucial to being an informed buyer and, as you say, buying the "RIGHT CAR RIGHT," I think.
You're looking at an F430 right, so you should be able to answer some basic questions because you're buying a used exotic car. For instance, do you know what problems commonly affect these cars, and do you know what it costs to fix them? Do you have a qualified mechanic? Do you know what a PPI is, and do you know what a thorough PPI includes?
Also, if you want to do this right, you need to set your priorities. That means you need to know if you want a coupe or a spider. You need to know which gearbox you will buy. You need to know which color combination is a must have. You need to answer which options are required for you. If you have a resale on the horizon, then you should probably stick with a Red/Tan F1 Spider - those are plentiful but they're also in high demand. Red/Tan F1 coupes are also in demand. 3-pedal cars are more rare, and tend to command some price premiums. But, at the end of the day, you should really be buying the car for YOU, and not for the next guy.
It's just my opinion, but getting as much information about these cars BEFORE you buy one is a key to success, especially if you're planning to sell it in a few years. What's the rush? Take your time and enjoy the hunt. Trust me, it's worth it.