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I've seen lots of advice for new comers about buy a new car. I've noticed some say always get the car checked by an independent mechanic and others that say be sure to go to a authorized dealer. So which is it in your opinion and why?
 

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In my opinion a PPI (post purchase investigation) could happen by either an independant mechanic or authorized dealer as long as they aren't linked in any way to the car.(know the seller or conducted service on the car before) In that way they can perform a subjective investigation on the car.
 

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As I have often mentioned before, Ferrari from the F355 onwards need a dedicated computer to do a complete diagnostic check for maintainance and repair. So it is obvious then that late model Ferraris have to go back to the dealer for this. If it's just a matter of visual inspection to see if the car has been involved in n accident then any mechanics can do that. But if you're going to spend US100,000+ for your Ferrrari, why stinge on the official dealer check-up?
 

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Answer does depend on the age of the car: for early/vintage models you almost have to go to a qualified specialist as most of the official dealer's mechanics have little to no experience with these models. For later cars (F355/456 GT onwards) you need either an official dealer or a specialist with the right diagnostic equipment. I have had both positive and negative experiences with both.
 
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