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post #1 of 11 Old 06-11-2018, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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I am looking to get a F430but right now I am just in the preliminary stage of looking.
There was one I saw online that is 90 minutes away so I may go check it out but from a picture
sent to me, I can see the dash and what appears to be about 900rpm on the tach so the engine must be running.


I mention this because the check engine light as well as the seat belt and low beam headlight. I can't tell but it
looks like the airbag is as well.


Look at the pic, am I missing something or would you look at the picture and come to the same conclusion?


I am guessing it is a F1 based on the paddle shifters. Is there a decoder for breaking down the VIN to see how it
is configured?



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post #2 of 11 Old 06-11-2018, 06:18 AM
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Zenica,

Welcome to the forum. I think you'll find the high percentage of owners and tech experts here very beneficial.

The photo is not visible, so there's little I can derive directly from your description.

What I can say about your search in general is to highly recommend:
1 - read the Buyer's Guide
2 - Review the available records on the car
3 - Get the codes that are causing any dash warning lights

Only then can you evaluate this car properly.

After that, if you are still interested, then a thorough PPI is a must.

Good luck with your search!!

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Thanks for responding.


It was late when I posted so I was well out of caffeine at the time or I would have mentioned the vehicle is an auction vehicle and service records are non existent.
I don't have access to retrieve the code and the selling venue isn't set up to do this either.


This is more or less a blind buy. Knowing this, what would be the most you'd be willing to pay?
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This is more or less a blind buy. Knowing this, what would be the most you'd be willing to pay?
Me personally? Too risky, I wouldnít touch it.
Thatís not to disparage the car, itís just beyond my risk tolerance.

Thereís a reason that car is being auctioned vice sold by a dealer/broker - probably because thereís no financial up side.
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Is there a way to know what the car came with from the factory? A VIN breakdown?
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Is there a way to know what the car came with from the factory? A VIN breakdown?
Do not buy that car, trust me, you need a Pre buy on ALL used Ferrari's, don't buy one without complete records. I have a F430 and bought from dealer, still the cost are crazy. Further, you will have virtually no resale on that car.
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Is there a way to know what the car came with from the factory? A VIN breakdown?
Good morning ZenicaPA.

Yes there is. With the VIN #:

- Ask your local Ferrari dealer to pull the record of the vehicle, and they will be able to tell you the different options the vehicle has if any.

- Pull a CARFAX, it will give you an approximate historic of the vehicle and if it has some kind of accident record.

- Ask the seller if he would be willing to have an inspection done prior to the purchase. If he is not willing to do that, walk away.

I hope this was helpful. PM me if you have any additional questions

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Me personally? Too risky, I wouldnít touch it.
Thatís not to disparage the car, itís just beyond my risk tolerance.

Thereís a reason that car is being auctioned vice sold by a dealer/broker - probably because thereís no financial up side.
I'm with you....and my risk tolerance is high. Why purchase a potential problem child when there are so many 430s for sale? Too many red, shiny "cheap" Ferraris looking for an unsuspecting "first time" buyer.

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I agree, either get the car checked out or wait. There are plenty 430 for sale
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Yes, have to agree. I was told auction buys are a bad idea don't do it - like ever! Why not use a broker? less $ than a dealer for a buyer, more $ than a dealer for a seller, you do have to pay the broker, thats negotiable but a PPI is no issue. The broker has cars no one knows about, cars not advertised and many/ most states? no tax on a private sale! The sellers often don't want the time wasters, tire kickers hence use a broker It's how we bought our F430 very pleased! The broker said it was perfect and so it was ! We just had it serviced at a Ferrari dealer he confirmed it! It needs nothing!
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as a side note ZenicaPA, I can attest that I HAVE under the best advice in the very beginning KNEW the path and decided differently: above are giving best advice. All the buyers guides on here state that same reasoning for a purpose....

AND EVEN when I've had a model that needed some sorting...it was more than we imagined.

look elsewhere and you pay for what you get.

Sorry to say it, but purse strings play differently than heart strings
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