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post #1 of 17 Old 07-19-2013, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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No dealership within 3 hours

Hi, all.

For those of you who live in small or remote town that isn't close to a dealership, how do you go about getting the car serviced? I live in a very small town with about 4,500 people and there isn't a dealership for about 3 hours. It is also highly doubtful any Ferrari-capable indy shops exist within the same range.

I've previously owned Porsches, BMWs, etc. and they have a pick-up / drop-off service where I don't have to be bothered with driving to the dealership, but that was when I lived in an area that was about 1 1/2 hours each way. I'm guessing that is pretty unrealistic for a 3-hour drive with a Ferrari.

Could someone shed some light on this subject? Appreciate it!
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-19-2013, 08:45 PM
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Brian- Welcome to Ferrari Life. Nearest dealer to me is 6-8 hours away, but we have an excellent independent here. First thing to do is call whatever dealer is closest and discuss with them. Many have covered trailers of their own that they will send to pick her up. For a price.

Not knowing where you are, afraid it is difficult to offer specific suggestions. There may be someone competent near you.

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Appreciate the greetings. It's good to be here and from my lurking, I have found this to be a great community. Kudos to you and everyone else responsible for that.

The town I'm referring to is Kanab, Utah, but I live south of Boston right now and doing research for the move. The closest dealership would be in Vegas. Gotta research the important things. Told my wife a solution to this was a requirement!
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Brian- Wynn has a very good reputation. Seems like there are a few Ferrari owners in St George, so it might be worth asking around in that area to see if anybody services the cars there, or whether it will be worthwhile to truck her to Vegas.

Richard (IIRC) at Wynn is supposed to be a really good guy, although I do not know him personally.

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Thanks, appreciate the information. That's good to know and I'll look into that more. Just one clarification -- Wynn, is that the name of the business in Kanab? Is it in St. George? I couldn't find it with a quick Google search. Thanks again.
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Thanks, appreciate the information. That's good to know and I'll look into that more. Just one clarification -- Wynn, is that the name of the business in Kanab? Is it in St. George? I couldn't find it with a quick Google search. Thanks again.
Welcome, brianari. If I may bud in and if I am not wrong, Terry is referring to the Wynn in LV. I believe there is a big showroom/dealer at the Wynn on the Strip ?

With proper asking around, this may not be such a formidable problem afterall. Good luck with your search.

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It may be less costly to fly a mechanic in from LV and put him up at your home depending on the service, parts and tools required. Reach out to FCA members in your region for suggestions as well.

Good luck with the move - no more brutal winters, eh?
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I think it depends on which Ferrari you are looking to own.

Would suggest having it fully serviced and updated before taking delivery and adding lots of seat time

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Oh, thanks for the clarification. The casino was the first thing that came to mind, but I didn't know they had a showroom there. Good to know.

Admittedly, I was considering a Gallardo (06-07 range), but after speaking with some owners, they said they weren't the best vehicles for frequent driving (not necessarily a DD, but something used often). With that in mind, I'm now interested in a late model 360 or F430. Whatever I can get in the ~$130k range that is exhilarating to drive.

I've purchased all of my previous sports cars without test driving them first (some without even seeing the color in anything other than a magazine when ordering a custom built car). Seems scarier to do that with something I haven't experienced at all. How did all of you go about the process?

@360 - Seems like it gets pretty cold in Kanab, but definitely more mild. More time to drive!
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I bought my first Ferrari sight unseen 6 years ago, still own it today. First time I drove a 550 was when I drove it home. It can be a great process but it can also be a nightmare - it largely depends on the car itself (its history) and the people you buy it from (in my case the independent that sold it to me has become a personal friend).

There is a large difference between an F430 or a regular 360. For me it is the F430 without a doubt. More power, better handling, better gearbox and much better electronic stability systems. However, if you're up for something raw and entertaining the Challenge Stradale should be on your list too. The 430 Scuderia is fantastic as well but I'm not sure it fits in your budget (disclaimer: don't know the US market).

Since it is your first Ferrari I would consider this a bit of a test case. Whatever you do, buy the best you can find - don't go bargain hunting. Make sure you have some cash left for some preventive servicing and for any breakdowns in future. You might not need it but it's great to have a buffer.

FWIW - my 550 has broken down only once in 30,000 miles but it still got me to my dealership 200 miles away, not needed a tow truck in 6 years. Ferraris are not as fragile as some people think.


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I just don't see 3 hours as a big bump in the road to get an exotic serviced. 30 years ago I bet most Ferrari owners wished their repair shop was that close. If it is that big an inconvienence maybe consider a more mainstream car.

I have a Ferrari repair shop in California and I get cars trucked to me from New York, Virginia, Arizona and Western Canada for routine work.
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It may be less costly to fly a mechanic in from LV and put him up at your home depending on the service, parts and tools required.


If that was possible I wouldn't need a couple hundred thousand dollars worth of tools and a big shop to keep them in.
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I dont think 3 hours is a big issue, my nearest is about 1 1/2 hours away, I drive the car down, take Amtrak home and a week later take Amtrak back and drive home. If the car was not running, that is what trailers are made for and with a 360 you wont need to own a trailer, they are pretty solid cars.

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I bought my first Ferrari sight unseen 6 years ago, still own it today. First time I drove a 550 was when I drove it home. It can be a great process but it can also be a nightmare - it largely depends on the car itself (its history) and the people you buy it from (in my case the independent that sold it to me has become a personal friend).

There is a large difference between an F430 or a regular 360. For me it is the F430 without a doubt. More power, better handling, better gearbox and much better electronic stability systems. However, if you're up for something raw and entertaining the Challenge Stradale should be on your list too. The 430 Scuderia is fantastic as well but I'm not sure it fits in your budget (disclaimer: don't know the US market).

Since it is your first Ferrari I would consider this a bit of a test case. Whatever you do, buy the best you can find - don't go bargain hunting. Make sure you have some cash left for some preventive servicing and for any breakdowns in future. You might not need it but it's great to have a buffer.

FWIW - my 550 has broken down only once in 30,000 miles but it still got me to my dealership 200 miles away, not needed a tow truck in 6 years. Ferraris are not as fragile as some people think.

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Sound advice and I agree completely. Unfortunately, the Scuderia is a bit out of my budget, but I would like to get the F430 for those same reasons. The 360 is more of a back up in case I can't find something I really like in my range for the F430. I've also read good things about the 360 overall. Seems a lot of things influence the price more than just the mileage and I'm not familiar enough with the options to really gauge importance/value. For me, the extra $10 or $20k spent on what I want exactly with clear service records, etc. is well worth the value. I want to enjoy the vehicle, not worry about a potentially questionable past.

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I just don't see 3 hours as a big bump in the road to get an exotic serviced. 30 years ago I bet most Ferrari owners wished their repair shop was that close. If it is that big an inconvienence maybe consider a more mainstream car.

I have a Ferrari repair shop in California and I get cars trucked to me from New York, Virginia, Arizona and Western Canada for routine work.
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I see your point and at the end of the day, I guess I wouldn't really let something like this dictate my decision-making process. After doing more research on the subject, I see that it isn't as big of a deal as I originally thought it'd be. It's a combination of being intimidated by the marque and being reasonably close to dealerships now.
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Closest to me is a 2 hour drive. Consider it as some nice bonding time with the car, but they also have an enclosed flatbed to pick the car up.
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The closest Ferrari dealer is 1 1/2 hours and the independent I sometimes have work on my 360 is 2 hours away. Both shops have picked up and delivered my car in the past. I've also driven and picked at the Ferrari dealer a few times. If I can find someone willing to be my chase car I'll drive because it's fun, but the further away the shop, the more difficult to find a ride. Unfortunately Ferrari doesn't provide a loaner :-)

As other have stated, pickup and delivery isn't really an issue but you might call the any potential shops and get a quote on what the service would cost just so you know what to budget. As long as they can cover their costs, nearly any shop is willing to pickup/drop-off.

Good luck!
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