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post #1 of 10 Old 04-27-2014, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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Changing the color vs keeping it original?

Hey all.

I have a black F430 Spider (2008) and absolutely love it. Only just got it.

Whilst I love the black and would probably be happy keeping it as is, there is a little niggle there saying that maybe I would like to see it in red at some point. (Classic Ferrari red)

What are your thoughts on painting a car, not to maintain the paintwork due to stone chips, but to completely change the color of the car? Obviously the original paperwork would always show the original color.

Do you think this would devalue it come re-sale time? Is this effectively sacrilege for would be Ferrari owners that may one day purchase it if I decide to change? Or, if the paint job was done to the absolute best standard it could be (Wouldn't consider anything else) do you think it would simply give the car a fresh update?

Appreciate your thoughts as experienced Ferrari owners and fans.
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-27-2014, 07:09 AM
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I would wrap it in red vinyl if you really want to change the colour. A repaint, regardless of how well it is done, will always reduce the value.
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post #3 of 10 Old 04-27-2014, 08:18 AM
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Welcome to Ferrari Life. In the long run, it might be actually cheaper to trade for a red one. A really good paint job will run about $20K.

But it is not like F430s are rare at 15,000 or so produced, so if you want to keep her and want her red, paint her. Just make sure you use a really good paint shop that works with aluminum bodies.

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post #4 of 10 Old 04-27-2014, 09:31 AM
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i would wrap it in red vinyl if you really want to change the colour. A repaint, regardless of how well it is done, will always reduce the value.

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post #5 of 10 Old 04-27-2014, 09:35 AM
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Black is a desirable color...definitely wrap it or how about some red stripes etc?
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post #6 of 10 Old 04-27-2014, 04:22 PM
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I would bet that the whole ordeal would cost you approx. 40k!
(The cost if a good paint job, plus the loss in resale)
Keep it black, hold it for a few years, then sell it for a red 458! It will probably only cost a few more bucks than you would have lost. If you're not willing to add the extra bucks, just sell it and buy a red 430 in a few years. It should wind up close to an even exchange.
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-28-2014, 06:36 AM
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wrapping it is the only really sensible thing to do. Or sell it and get what you want.

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post #8 of 10 Old 04-29-2014, 02:37 PM
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Trade with the guy who has red, is bored, and now wants black.
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-02-2014, 09:00 AM
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I am going to go the other way on value, too many of these cars were built they are not rare and I don't think changing the color IF properly done will alter the value very much, a little maybe but not much.

But I would also go with a wrap.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-02-2014, 10:08 AM
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I would use a good 3M vinyl and just wrap the car...
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