In contract to buy a 01 F360
Hello all, I am new to the forum and looking for some purchase advise. My name is KC and I am from the SF Bay Area.
This is how it all happened. I took my Maserati in for service at a Ferrari dealership service center and I saw this 6 speed Red F360 with Tan interior sitting on the lot, It was a car that I wish I had the money to buy when I just started working years ago. I started talking to the service manager and found out that the car is for sale.
It is a 2001 with 20,000 miles. The first owner is a collector from NV and between 01-06, drove 16000 miles, all dealer services (it showed in the system but details of works done did not show). And he later sold it to a friend and from 06-now, it was only driven 4000 miles. The catch is, there is no records of service and the gentleman sadly passed away so we could not get much info.
The Ferrari dealer service manger said the car is in very good shape mechanically, and he is giving it a "restoration detailing" before delivering the car to me. So I signed a purchase contract to secure the car but can get out of the deal if I don't like the car when it is ready for viewing and test driving.
1). Should I be concern about the lack of service records in recent years? Knowing that is was well taken care of (based on exterior and interior) condition, and travelled only 4000 miles since last known dealer service records?
2). If I can purchase the car in mid $70s, is that a fair price? Is a car for sale by a Ferrari dealer more desirable? Can I trust that evaluation of the car?
3). If there is no services record, but the dealer gave it all green lights on their inspection check list, should I still go ahead with the 30k services and "restart" the clock? Or just a belt service and oil change.
4). Any recommendation on good independent Ferrari shop that you guys can recommend? Not so much about the cost of services, but I like the human factors of talking to the person working on your car. The dealer does not seems to provide that these days. Would there be a negative effect on the value of the car?
Thanks so much and I am looking forward to be part of this great Ferrari community.