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Hello again:

I posted some time ago that now that the kids were out of college, that I could start to seriously think about my first Ferrari.

I'm much closer now, and although I haven't been able to decide between a 360 or a 550 (I'm leaning toward an F1 360) do you recommend purchase from a dealer or an individual for a first ferrari?

When I get closer, I'll probably contact a local (Dallas) or regional (Texas) club for advice as well, but I'd like the member's thoughts as too.

Thanks.

EBS
 

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EBSDallas said:
Hello again:

I posted some time ago that now that the kids were out of college, that I could start to seriously think about my first Ferrari.

I'm much closer now, and although I haven't been able to decide between a 360 or a 550 (I'm leaning toward an F1 360) do you recommend purchase from a dealer or an individual for a first ferrari?

When I get closer, I'll probably contact a local (Dallas) or regional (Texas) club for advice as well, but I'd like the member's thoughts as too.

Thanks.

EBS
Private purchase is better because of the saving on the dealer's mark-up which can be substantial. But make sure if you're going the direct sale route to check the service record and also get a recognised Ferrari mechanics to go thrugh the car. If the car has been maintained by a Ferrari dealer try and get a extension on the factory warranty. I'm not sure if the warranty in the US is 2 or 3 years for the 360, so if the warranty is still valid, just extend it. It may seem expensive but well worth it.
 

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I test drove a 360 today, and a new one comes with a 3-year unlimited mileage warranty. The dealer said that a one-year factory warranty extension on the 360 runs about $3,500-4,000 assuming the car is in good shape.
 

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I test drove a 360 today, and a new one comes with a 3-year unlimited mileage warranty. The dealer said that a one-year factory warranty extension on the 360 runs about $3,500-4,000 assuming the car is in good shape.
It'll be money well spent. Believe me. Ferrari parts are expensive and treat it as an insurance, you'll drive and enjoy your car better and sleep easier knowing you have a warranty.
 
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