Over the past 20 years I have owned three Ferraris and just sold the Lamborghini, putting me back in the hunt for my next fun ride. Because of my business, I’m always in contact with hundreds of owners of exotic, classic , and sports machinery, and their experiences, and my thoughts, just might be of help.
Both seasoned veterans and newbies need to be reminded about the basic rules of purchase, and here goes:
- DO YOUR HOMEWORK-
Your mother was right; do your homework. There are lots of car forums out there where owners and enthusiasts can chat, exchange ideas and often just bitch. As anxious as owners are to talk about the good points of a particular vehicle, they will positively vent their gall bladders about a lousy model. Sure, take what others say with a grain of salt, but too many people pointing out a significant flaw may mean you need to dig a little deeper, so…
- JOIN THE CLUB-
Sadly, the second step is usually the last step a guy takes when they go out to buy a sports car. “If only I would have driven a couple of others”, is often what I hear. Here is your chance. For somewhere between $25 and $125 a year, you can meet a rabid crowd of hugely enthusiastic people, all mostly happy you’ve become one of them.
Clubs are a great place to find a used car, and most club members know who’s got what for sale. From outings and drives to track and social events, you’ll learn what forums can’t teach you. From Alfa to Zonda, literally all sports cars have clubs and Google can point you in the right direction.
And like everything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it. I joined the Ferrari Club of America in the early 80’s and ended up as the Central States Regional Director from 1998 to 2002. Through the FCA I made life- long friends, met incredible people, and got to drive and ride in amazing cars.
Next, in part 2:
- Is This What You Really Want?