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Buying a Ferrari

I am considering upgrading my 'summer driver' to a Ferrari, most likely a F355 or a F360, preferably a spider (or Targa if F355). From what I have read, the maintenance cost of a F360 will be lower - but in either case one needs to budget a few thousand chuffs a year for maintenance cost.

I have subscribed to autoscout and comparis for the last 10 months, and these cars go from CHF 45K and up. I have looked at and driven a few, and made an offer on one, but it sold fast and I missed out.

Any tips on widening my search beond autoscout, comparis and riccardo?

Anyone have experience owning an exotic sports car here in Switzerland and the cost associated?
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Old 20.02.2015, 15:19
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Re: Buying a Ferrari

Assume you're looking to buy privately from an owner, as opposed to from a dealer?

Maybe research and try to tap into owners' clubs and specialist publications.
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I am considering upgrading my 'summer driver' to a Ferrari, most likely a F355 or a F360, preferably a spider (or Targa if F355). From what I have read, the maintenance cost of a F360 will be lower - but in either case one needs to budget a few thousand chuffs a year for maintenance cost.

I have subscribed to autoscout and comparis for the last 10 months, and these cars go from CHF 45K and up. I have looked at and driven a few, and made an offer on one, but it sold fast and I missed out.

Any tips on widening my search beond autoscout, comparis and riccardo?

Anyone have experience owning an exotic sports car here in Switzerland and the cost associated?
Newer Ferraris tend to have the service/warranty pack - which the owner keeps extending - and ensures everything is in tip-top condition.

If you are serious - speak to a couple of dealers - say you are interested. The 488 is released in Geneva meaning:
- 458 owners will upgrade
- 430 owners will upgrade to 458
- 360 owners to 430
Leaving cars available!!

A dealer will have a good idea of where his clients are in a buying cycle - and being Swiss they will go back to the same dealer.

In terms of running cost - mine has cost 500chf in maintenance in the last 12mths - and will have a free service in April.
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Old 20.02.2015, 15:22
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Re: Buying a Ferrari

don't know where you are seeing 355's go for 45k ?? you're looking at 50k for a cheap one, 55k for a 360.

355's have the usual italian electrical issues

Service history is KING, and having the belts changed at the right times, a belt change service on a 355 will cost your around 6k

The golden rule with Ferrari's, if you can't afford a good one, you really can't afford a bad one (eg cheap one)
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In terms of running cost - mine has cost 500chf in maintenance in the last 12mths - and will have a free service in April.
Although I am not in the same league as you --- 500.- chuffs/year in maintenance for a ferrari is really good.

But I think the fuel costs make up for it
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Old 20.02.2015, 15:25
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Although I am not in the same league as you --- 500.- chuffs/year in maintenance for a ferrari is really good.

But I think the fuel costs make up for it

don't think he's talking about a ferrari, something a little rarer
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Old 20.02.2015, 15:36
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Although I am not in the same league as you --- 500.- chuffs/year in maintenance for a ferrari is really good.

But I think the fuel costs make up for it
As per BB2 - something a little rarer than a Ferrari - but same ballpark in terms of ownership proposition.

Fuel costs: not as bad as you think. 6,000km year helps keep that cost down
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Old 20.02.2015, 15:43
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Newer Ferraris tend to have the service/warranty pack - which the owner keeps extending - and ensures everything is in tip-top condition.

If you are serious - speak to a couple of dealers - say you are interested. The 488 is released in Geneva meaning:
- 458 owners will upgrade
- 430 owners will upgrade to 458
- 360 owners to 430
Leaving cars available!!

A dealer will have a good idea of where his clients are in a buying cycle - and being Swiss they will go back to the same dealer.

In terms of running cost - mine has cost 500chf in maintenance in the last 12mths - and will have a free service in April.
500chf is a steal! Which Ferrari do you have?
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don't think he's talking about a ferrari, something a little rarer
A Sinclair C5 maybe?
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Old 20.02.2015, 16:27
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A Sinclair C5 maybe?

there is at 3 of them on here alone, so probably a bit rarer then even a C5
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there is at 3 of them on here alone, so probably a bit rarer then even a C5
I have seen more Ferrari's in Switzerland then C5's, maybe he's referring to a 2CV?
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Re: Buying a Ferrari

Look on autoscout24.de or autoscout24.it or autoscout24.it or even.at
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Old 20.02.2015, 16:36
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I have seen more Ferrari's in Switzerland then C5's, maybe he's referring to a 2CV?

dodgyken isn't talking about a ferrari tho
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Did the ladyboy come for free?
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Did the ladyboy come for free?

that's ken, or loretta as he likes to called on weekends
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don't know where you are seeing 355's go for 45k ?? you're looking at 50k for a cheap one, 55k for a 360.

355's have the usual italian electrical issues

Service history is KING, and having the belts changed at the right times, a belt change service on a 355 will cost your around 6k

The golden rule with Ferrari's, if you can't afford a good one, you really can't afford a bad one (eg cheap one)
The cheapest one on autoscout is currently CHF 44K. It is a F355 spider 1995 model with 77'000 km.

My understanding is that the engine out service (time belt etc.) will run in excess of CHF 10K here in CH, and is a little cheaper in DE.

The one I will check out next is this one:

Ferrari F355 spider, 1996, 51'000 km, CHF 51'900.-

Dealer says car is in great condition, perfect service history and had the engine out service less than a year ago.
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Re: Buying a Ferrari

Am on a money saving mission for you lot, you want a Ferrari?

I give you the LANCIA Thema 8.32 Ferrari

Have to say I am quite tempted myself (luckily there are 2 available )
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Re: Buying a Ferrari

same car a friend here has

check EVERYTHING electrical, especially the seats, make sure the lights pop up and down etc etc he loves his to bits but it has had a lot of electrical issues over the years (his is a garage queen car) he had the belts done at a ferrari specialist here for 6k chf about 18 months ago iirc. but if they have already been done then your laughing for a few more years.
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Am on a money saving mission for you lot, you want a Ferrari?

I give you the LANCIA Thema 8.32 Ferrari

Have to say I am quite tempted myself (luckily there are 2 available )

see previous statement, if you can't afford a good one, you can't afford a cheap one these are money pits

ETA you have noticed the car in that ad has been attacked by pine martens?? they have ripped apart the bonnet insulation and god knows what else, don't even dream about buying that car lol
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