The quest is complete for a Rosso Red F430 coupé.
It was Sept of 2014 when I first came to this site looking for answers. Partially because of the nuggets of wisdom thrown to me by the members I was able to successfully buy the car I wanted.
I looked at carguru.com,ebay and autotrader. Initially I was overwhelmed on how to avoid the mine field. Large sum of money was involved and I wanted to make sure I didn't screw up. I realized I needed to hire experts in the field to provide guidance. From this site I found Josh Hill of IAP Racing in Virginia.
IAP Racing provided an invaluable service. I was able to ask Josh questions and get quick answers. He is also very knowledgeable about at least the F430 which I was looking for. I came up with my 1st,2nd,3rd choice.
1st choice was a 2006 with a dealer in West Virgina. Unfortunately due to the dealership not being able to provide any service or recall records I declined to proceed. Quite a bit of energy was expended and with Joshs expert guidance I felt I avoided a possibly risky transaction.
2nd choice was a 2006 f430 owned by an individual in North Carolina. I saw the car on autotrader and saw his post here. Josh and Paul had recommend this car as it had the header recall and other minor work all done and documented. At this point I asked IAP Racing, specifically Josh to go out to North Carolina and inspect the car and provide a PPI report.
Josh drove up to North Carolina and was very impressed with car. He could not finding anything wrong except a small scruff mark under the passenger side bumper and light weeping of oil on the corner of a valve cover.
I felt comfortable with starting negotiations with the owner. The price was not negotiable but was fair(120k). The bigger challenge was coordinating with him to meet and give him the cashier's check. I flew out to North Carolina, finally saw the car, sat as a passenger and got a invaluable lesson in driving it from the owner Pat.
I had also scheduled InterCity,based on the recommendations here, to pick the car up. The car was picked up about 2 weeks ago and showed up this Sunday(12/7). An awesome feeling. I also had to build ramps to my garage .
Cedar Lane Suite 190
Sterling, VA 20166