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    Well I've finally got round the biggest hurdle when it comes to buying my first ferrari.......


    I've convinced the missus


    Its cost me a new kitchen and a weekend in prague though


    So here I am asking for your advice.

    Fristly what are the major things i need to look out for when buying one (a part from full service history).

    What are the major things that go wrong with them

    Servicing costs and do I need to keep them serviced at official dealerships or is it ok to use independants.

    Which model is the best one to go for , i.e QV or carb , gts gtb etc

    What should I insist on if buying from both a dealer and a private owner

    Is there anyone here that would be happy to come and look at one with me

    Does it have to be a red one.... if things go **** up in the future and I have to sell it , will I struggle if its a different colour.

    Does anyone have one for sale (pm me details please)

    I've seen 3 cars that I really like at the moment
    One is stig's
    the other a red 308 lightweight 23k
    and a chiaro blure 308 anniversary 25K
    whats your thoughs on these please

    and finally the next two hurdles,
    the first being finance..... does anyone know who I should be talking to with the best finance deals at the moment. I want to find out what options are available before I go looking.

    and lastly
    I've been informed that it would be a good idea to put it through my business as it would be used as a show car (honest )
    is this good advice?
    If I do go through my business , I may also be offering a deal/group buy on maintenace packages , the way i see it is that I think it would make sense to put as big a deposit down as possible and cut down on the finance ,besides I'd rather work hard for other fezza owners than line the pockets of a finance company, so anyone up for a deal....
    Thanks in advance
    Dave Z

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    http://www.fugazi.co.uk/308/buyersguide.htm

    Whats a lightweight ? do you mean fibreglass ?

    Whats an anniversary ?

    Your accountant can advise best re business due to your relatively unusual circumstances (ie car demonstrates your skills) and it will depend on whether you are ltd or self-employed

    More to follow after breakfast

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    QV or i or carb ? Carb makes the best noise but QV as quick and does not have carbs to retune so slightly cheaper servicing - for a guide to service costs click on Verdi's banner - the i is slowest

    I doubt any main dealer knows how to look after a 308 properly any more so you will need to find a specialist - where are you based ?

    PPI ? yes

    GTS or GTB ? with the GTS you have a choice of rooflessness - I think the torsional rigidity thing is a bit of a myth for normal driving as with almost any cabriolet - if its a nice day it is better with the roof off - and it ventilates what can be an extremely hot car

    Colour ? mine's not red but its not for sale whereas Stig's still is after an unfortunately long time - draw your own conclusion about resale red

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    Dave, brilliant news mate. You work bloody hard and you deserve it.

    FSH is important, and the more MOT certificates the better.

    Servicing - an independent will be fine and cheaper than a main dealer. Insist on an inspection by an independent specialist before buying. This should save you some money as they always find something. Prior to that, look at lots, and if you can, drive a few. Most people "just know" when they find the right one.

    The colour is down to you, but I believe a red one will be easier to sell as there is a larger market (most people want red for their 1st F)

    Re putting it through the business, sounds like a brilliant idea, but I am no accountant.

    Good luck mate, and I look forward to seeing one very shiny 308 at a meeting soon.

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    hi dave ... just two points for now:
    i) check out the history, paperwork etc. and ensure everything is in order before you even see the the car itself ... because the 308 is so attractive, it is possible to fall in love at first sight.
    ii) you have the respect of so many on here, and i would therefore suggest that at the viewing stage, you take along a willing current or previous, knowledgable owner.
    d

    ps ... carburettors rule !

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    I am deeply honoured that my 308 th post should by coincidence be in such a worthwhile thread !

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    Quote Originally Posted by F308 MAN
    i) check out the history, paperwork etc. and ensure everything is in order before you even see the the car itself ... because the 308 is so attractive, it is possible to fall in love at first sight.
    Thats a brilliant tip. I drove to Harrogate and the car history was crap. Turned out it had been clocked. Ask for the V5 to be faxed so you can call the previous owner, and as many other previous owners as you can trace.

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    Good man Dave. Delighted for you.

    If the fibreglass car is 23k and good nick.... that would be the one for me, a sure fire classic and as Enzo intended it!. Plus it's got fruity carbs.

    GTS 2nd choice, then GTB... but it's close!

    Engines are strong. As said, look at all the paperwork and importantly HOW MUCH has been spent. Mine has 6k on brakes/suspension 2 yrs before I bought it... look for stuff like that.

    I have a Heritage insurance policy via Norton Insurance Brokers at 189 per annum (have I mentioned this before ) agreed value, two drivers etc.

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    Congrats Dave

    I can recommend a really nice lady who will help you re; finance

    Sarah Walters at Sterling Capital

    SarahWalters@sterling-capital.co.uk

    My advice - look at lots and lots of cars and buy the very best that you can afford. Small pieces of trim and minor parts can end up costing an awful lot of money.

    Jason

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    for service dave, you could do a lot worse than book a week over here, and stay at my spot ... i'd look after the car for you whilst you sub contractually tended to my zymol customers !


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