Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Ferrari Life Posts: 4
Well, after ten years of dreaming, then five years of considering, then twelve months of planning, I've arrived at a place in life where I'm ready to say it out loud - "I'm in the market for a Ferrari"
I've been lurking on this great site for over a year, in fact, I just made my first post five minutes ago to inquire about service options, PPI's etc in Alabama.
The Ferrari in my dreams has always been a front engine V12. I intend to drive the car 3-5k miles a year. Service needs are something I'm factoring into my planning, since my physical location will probably add a little complexity to routine work.
Therefore, I'm strongly leaning towards a 575. Seems like the right balance of cost/performance/serviceability/remaining depreciation to fit both my pocketbook and my right foot.
Since I've waited this long, it seems worth the wait to find something as close to my "perfect" as I can find. For me this means a gated car, with FHP, and with the modular wheels. Nice-to-have's will be the shields, the rear shelf in leather, and as many interior upgrades as are possible.
I'm trying to stay flexible on color combos. Just so it looks nice to me.
Now my first batch of questions to this great group of folks I've been peering at for these many months......
Am I forgetting anything on my must have or nice to haves?
Since I'm a long way from a major market, and I have (I think) a pretty good idea of what I want, is it worth it to commission someone to do the legwork on prospective vehicles on my behalf? Does purchasing though an utilized dealer make sense? (I know it adds cost, but do they have better access to harder to find cars like a gated 575? And should the dealer who will service the car be the one who performs the PPI?)
I plan to have this car a long time, but how far can you go with aftermarket changes before you start affecting resale value? I'm wondering about exhaust, radio, etc. I assume as long as the car can be returned to its original configuration then it's OK to the purists?
Sorry for the long first email. And thanks in advance for your patience. This is my first tangible step on what I hope will be a great journey.