Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Austin Texas
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,833
Here is how not to do it
I have a car here right now, a 575. The recent buyer looked high and low for a 575 manual trans car in the color combo he wanted. He found one 3000 miles from home. It was checked out locally, found to be in need of a major service and a few minor items. he had them do all the work.
Long story short, the car made a visit to another home on it's way here so it has been a couple of months but just a couple of hundred miles between its purchase and me. The alternator belt squeals, it doesn't run very well, a check engine light is on, the left cat is over heating and done a little damage (hopefully the cat isn't destroyed), it leaks oil from the valve covers and cam seals profusely, and I suspect the cat and running issue are from badly timed cams. The parking brake is so far out of adjustment it almost doesn't work and has a few electrical issues, the steering hoses to the cooler leak and the exhaust manifolds are loose and leaking.
He paid more than I charge for a service and for the most part I am going to do it over and then some. He didn't know me when he bought the car so I forgive him for that but it still raises the question....why do it that way?
It seems the more I tell people to send their own mechanic to check out a car and have him do what it needs, the less likely it is someone will do it that way.