612 Values: Mileage-vs-age
I started this query over on my member introduction thread... but think this is probably the more appropriate place. Apologies for the double-up.
Anyway, I'm thinking of taking advantage of the great value 612s appear to be at the moment and adding one to be my DD alongside the Scud.
Like many others I'm looking at the Italian market for some very competitively priced cars... some nice early examples are being offered for 60k eu with reasonable mileage too.
I have heard most of the scare tales about dealing with the Italian market, but I also believe in the old saying 'buyer beware' so believe a lot of personal effort would negate many of the potential pitfalls. I have a local specialist dealer (in France) who has agreed to negotiate and purchase on my behalf should I/we find the right car.
Looking for the 'right' car has thrown up one interesting topic! That's the question of mileage vs age as the main depreciating factor. There are a couple of 2008 OTOs for sale with 80k+ KMs (50k+ miles) – one in particular that has my perfect spec – available for early 70k eu.
Now, much as I'd like to admit an early 2004-5 model would be very nice... I can't help but be tempted by the newer gearbox, clutch, Bose system, etc. All would be very nice to have in a daily driver. I haven't driven an OTO, but I found the gear change on a 2005 a little slow (compared to the Scud everything feels a little slow!).
Also, I'm a driver not a collector – and will be looking at covering about 20-25,000km a year with the 612. I might be wrong (often am) but it seems to me that if a car has been well looked after and maintained correctly, then a four-year-old, 20,000km-per-year car is better sorted than an eight-year-old that's only covered 20,000km in total.
My dealer thinks I'm mad by the way. He thinks a high-mileage example will be next to impossible to sell on should I want to. The 80km OTO is about 50k eu cheaper than a similar version with 35,000kms.
Does anybody have any thoughts on this? Is there even a right answer to be had?