Looking for a little advice from the team. This is my situation: I am looking to pick up my first Ferrari - a 355B! I have found one that is far away (ie, will need to hop on a plane to reach), but which matches my criteria in many ways, and its a car I am excited about. The dealer selling it seems reputable and nice, but he does not specialize in Ferrari's, and therefore can't talk "shop" (he knows the basics, such as issues about the clutch, other basic maintenance checks, but not 355B-specific nuances, such as whether a leakdown has been performed, ECU issue, etc.) He has readily admitted that the car needs its 30K major, given where mileage is, not because of anything specifically wrong with the car. His honesty does not seem to be of question -- he is coming off as a very nice guy who happens to have a Ferrari currently, but just doesn't sell at this price point often. I am negotiating to buy the car, although there is also another buyer I am competing with (assume for now this is true, and the dealer is not playing me off -- I know it is). Also assume that the dealer has a hard deadline of 3 days in which he has to sell the car (again this is true -- too long to go into the specifics, as to why), so there is time element to getting something done. Finally, the dealer lives in a town where the nearest Ferrari Dealership is a couple of hours away, although there are one or two reputable high line mechanics that he deals with, and he has indicated they would be able to review the car for me, should I desire. The question I have is as follows: what's the best way to structure a contingent purchase, so that the dealer knows I am committed, yet I have some guarantee that the car I am seeking to buy is not a lemon that needs a $20K engine replacement! Here are a couple of my thoughts: 1. Be willing to put a deposit down, but get signed in writing from the dealer that the deposit is refundable if there are any mechanical/engine/electrical issues that turn up in the PPI inspection (which would include a leakdown/compression/etc). Obviously, the PPI would have to be done by the local technician. Con: You are at the mercy of the aptitude of the local technician. 2. Flatbed the car to the nearest Ferrari dealership, and have them do the PPI. Con: Obviously, you are assured of a dealer review, but (i) time, (ii) cost, and (iii) getting into their schedule at such short notice, probably makes this option prohibitive. 3. Try to get the records from the previous owner, and figure out the problem history. The car spent much of it's life in Florida, but the current dealer is still trying to track the records down. Con: (i) this will take time, and (ii) the current dealer is not having much luck getting the information anyways (can I just ask my local dealer to run the VIN? -- is there a shared database that has up to date records?) This is my specific situation. I'd like to structure something that works on both sides. Because of timing of this sale, I'd really appreciate your thoughts over the next 24 hours. Thanks and Regards.