|QUOTE (Devyl @ Tuesday, Feb 26 2013, 21:50)|
| So I've been reading your thread. You want to buy a Ferrari? My job is an automotive journalist; so I've been in, around, and on some of the coolest cars & trucks on the planet. Let me help you with some real world facts. Ferraris are normally pretty expensive and elusive machines. They're elite super cars that set the benchmark for speed, thrills, and excitement. You aren't wrong in wanting one. Heck, if someone gave me one I would drive it too! But after driving it for a bit, I would then turn around and sell it. Why? Well, the first reason is gas prices. Lets take closer look at the 550. It only gets 9/10 miles per gallon. Of course that all depends on how you drive it. If you're very ginger with the throttle you might get 11 mpg. Remember, you have to use the highest octane possible for the Ferrari too. If you put in the cheap-o 87 octane, you're going to end up with a $10,000+ repair bill. |
So gas in your area for premium is $4 a gallon (rounded up from $3.97/gal for easy math). Did you know the 550 has a 114 litre fuel tank?!? That's right; you're looking at 30 gallons for a full tank. That's $120 to fill up the tank each time. I called up a buddy of mine who works as a Ferrari mechanic just for you and got these prices from him:
Also don't forget insurance. an 18 y/o with a Ferrari? Don't be surprised if people start laughing in your face. However, don't be surprised to also be paying $1,000+ a month either. And you're going to want full coverage, so I'd round that number up to $1,500 a month. Now, if you're comfortable dealing with that, and you still want to buy a Ferrari, then go for it. I just hope you're understanding that exotics like a Ferrari cost exotic money as well. Personally, if I have $40,000 to spend on a car, I'd look at something new and sporty that you can spend about $20,000-$25,000 on, use some of the leftover money for mods to make it FASTER than a Ferrari and keep the rest in the bank to live off of comfortably. But that's just my opinion. You do what you want
- Blow a coolant hose? That hose costs $600.
- A belt change will set you back $5,000.
- Alternator and Battery change is $1,500-$1,600.
- If your A/C goes out and you have to rebuild the compressor it's gonna be $2400 or you could buy a new one for $2900.
- You'll need to change your oil frequently, and the price on that is $1,500.
- Every time the check engine light comes on, you HAVE to tow it to the dealership or risk causing thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars in more damage.
Thats great info thanks for looking it up, i realy apriciate it!
Now i have been looking at all costs, and contacted a Ferrari (supercar) workshop for the exact numbers
A change of belts cost aroun 1,500 USD (11,950 SEK) maybe its more expensive in the USA
then service every 3 year for 1,400 USD (10,990 SEK)
Big service (10,000 km, 30,000 km, 50,000 km and so on) 2,000 to 2,500 USD (18,000 - 22,000 SEK)
Clutch change every 3,000 to 4,000 km thats a whole alot of expensive, 6,500 USD (50,000 SEK)
What i been told (which is pretty obvious) is to allow a knowledgeable engineering perform condition monitoring of the item prior to purchase to discover any. hidden faults and estimate future costs
Then , i got to drive a Ferrari 360 for a week a few months ago, it was a birthday present since the dealer where i worked knew i loved Ferrari. and i just loved it, when i was behind that steering wheel with a yellow badge of a black prancing horse.. nothing did ever matter (i was like "oh yeah my friends are gonna be jealous" when i stand in front of the car.. but you know what, none of that did ever matter, i remeber some jirk laughing at the car saying it looked gay, girly, but i just didnt care.
Same for the gas bill..
and i dont realy care for a faster car.. you see a Ferrari 360 is like my solemate damn i need to get a girlfriend dont i?
But as i said, thanks alot for the info you gave me i realy apriciate it, if only more people could be this helpful