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The internet sure has made purchasing parts for foreign autos a lot easier than it used to be. I order all of my BMW parts online now. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any sites that allow you to browse for Ferrari parts.

I see there are parts available on ebay. Has anybody gone this route before? It seems like it would be REALLY hard to find something you need this way...
 

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Good question Mike - and to be honest, one to which I'd also like to know the answer.

You can buy parts for some older models through www.ferrari.co.uk - but it's only a VERY restricted range of older models.

I've also seen a couple of sites that deal in used Ferrari parts - but none of them with a really comprehensive stock.

For which model are you trying to get parts?
 

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FerrariUK handles stock for Ferraris that have been out of production for a minimum of 10 years per factory requirements. I believe they are the only factory supported outlet of NOS and OEM Ferrari parts. They actually have a pretty wide range of parts dating back to the 50's in some cases and nothing newer than parts for a 328.

Because the Testarossa has hit the 10 year mark and 348 is nearing the mark there have been questions put to FUK as to whether they will be selling those parts. No definitive answer yet from the factory.

To order parts on line one must register with the owners site, www.owners.ferrari.com and link to FerrariUK from there. This is the factory site. Many more doors are opened through this route.

Also note; You can download manuals in PDF form for no charge.
 

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Excellent Spasso - that just about covers everything I should have said!!!

Spasso said:
Because the Testarossa has hit the 10 year mark and 348 is nearing the mark there have been questions put to FUK as to whether they will be selling those parts. No definitive answer yet from the factory.
Indeed - I'm one of the one's that's been asking. To be fair, however, they're already able to provide a fairly comprehensive list of 348 parts - if you don't mind taking out a mortgage!!!
 

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comprehensive list of 348 parts - if you don't mind taking out a mortgage!!!
See, that's what I mean. One of these cars is going to cost me tons of money in parts compared to what I currently have, right?

The labor doesn't really bother me, as I do pretty much everything myself now. If they let people download free shop manuals, I am assuming that working on them yourself is a fairly realistic (compared to what I own now) proposition, right?

When I bought the bimmer 2 years ago, I was worried about the cost of parts. Yes, many are at a premium compared to the Mustang, but they also look much higher quality and will probably last a lot longer. Ford Alternator $100. I have replaced it 4 times in 10 years. BMW alternator $400, has never been replaced. Mondial alternator $? In some cases, parts actually cost LESS. I'm not going to find such pleasant surprises with these vehicles, am I?

I was seriously considering an early Mondial when I bought the BMW 2 years ago. The things that appealed to me: Mid engine, convertible, and Four seats (look honey, you can put a baby seat back there :wink: ) I was eventually scared off because I couldn't price out anything on the web. (I was also scared off after seeing several late models at the dealer which had suffered engine fires)

Are these fears irrational, or is this car actually going to rip my heart out through my wallet?
 

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To be completely honest, although I exaggerate quite a bit for effect, there's no easy way of saying that parts are quite expensive. They'll almost certainly be more expensive than you'd pay for BMW parts, for example.

For service items, however, (which it sounds like you're most concerned about) I wouldn't say parts are too expensive at all. It's when you start looking at the kind of stuff you'd need for a restoration that you have to sit down before you ask.

The best thing to do, in truth, is to give them a call or send them a mail and get some example prices for the model you're looking at. You'll get a feel for whether or not it's in your budget.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome. After looking at $5k clutch kits and such, I figure you probably wouldn't save any significant money by going outside of the dealer anyway.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome. After looking at $5k clutch kits and such, I figure you probably wouldn't save any significant money by going outside of the dealer anyway.
Hi Mike,

On the contrary, very significant savings can be realized by ordering through many non-dealer distributors. T. Rutlands provides many items for far less than a dealer like rebuilt 308 long blocks for 7800.00 USD, rebuilt steering racks for 599.00 instead of the usual 1000.00 plus or even little things like electric window switches for 34.00 instead of double that elsewhere. A clutch kit for a 308/Mondial should be well under 1000.00 as opposed to the 5,000.00 you've seen.

Owning an older Fcar is advantagous in terms of aftermarket and nondealer OEM/NOS parts and prices. Most of my club members with the older cars will go anywhere BUT the dealer and get the part in half the time for half the price.

When it comes to Ferrari unique parts that can be had nowhere but from the dealer I would say FerrariUK can't be beat! Where do you think the dealers get their parts? Either there or from the factory.

For the sole purpose of sharing vital information and not to detract from this site in anyway, here is a link to some reputable and fair sources for Ferrari parts and services.

http://www.ferrarichat.com/sponsors.htm

Please note; For those of you in Europe or Asia, this is also a good source for parts at reasonable prices.

http://www.andale.com/stores/sf_home.jsp?mode=1&sfUrl=hgparts

Don't be afraid of a well maintained Ferrari. In many cases the parts are no more expensive than those for a new BMW, Acura or Lexus, sometimes less..

Another note about engine fires, usually fires on the older mid-engined Ferraris are caused by dried out and cracked fuel and vent hoses that are 20 or 25 years old. Change them and the chance of fire is EXTEMELY LOW.

I carry a Halon extinguisher behind my seat and a 5 lb ABC in the rear trunk for the worst scenario.

If you want to talk more feel free to PM me!
 
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