So this is a bit of my observations with some minor rants about my last 6 weeks of shopping for a F car.. As I have posted before, I have never owned a Ferrari before but many other top end cars.. I won't boar you with details.. My first observation is how different this experience has been vs. the researching/looking at/negotiating and buying experiences in the past.. Most of you probably know this as most of you have been through it but I am hoping this post will get my brain/heart in the right place for this week.. I started off this winter looking for a low mile 360 coupe with 6sp.. I found a few of those and then, like an IDIOT, drove a 430.. night and day. I LOVE the lines of the 360 but LOVE the power of a F430.. SO now I am hooked on the 430.. I drove a few of those and really loved the power/ride.. so now I am ready to go forward with a blk 06 430.. then Miller Motorcars has a yellow Scuderia show up in the window and now I am freaking.. orignially looking at spending 100-125 for a 360 and then moving to 160ish for a 430, the $300K Scud is now a potential target.. thank GOD they sold the Enzo that was there the month before.. I would have sold my ex wife into slavery to buy that car (actually that's not a bad idea on its own..) So then I drove 3 Scuds in the last 2 weeks and that's the only car I can think of at night.. I post a few on my blk berry so I can see them all day long at work.. then the thoughts of my girls both getting braces this month, private school bills showing up and a host of other expenses, the NEED to buy a Scud has somewhat waned.. So how can I get the lines of a 360 and the power of a 430.. a 360 CS!! But no 3 pedals exist for this beast.. SO I am back to a 360CS or a 6 sp F430.. decisions, decisions.. six speed or F1? A CS with a 6sp would be a lock.. but of course no Ferrari didn't want to make any of those.. what to do? So then there is the whole Ferrari shopping experience.. "Sir, can we get you a drink while you wait for XXXXX?" Strangers at dealerships chiming in on their favorite F cars and why.. Mechanics telling me why the CS is a better car to buy than a 430.. salesmen telling me that if I buy the car from them, they will put me into the "system".. the mysterious system.. defined by some as a client list that is given loaners/detailing priority when services/campaigns are needed and yes the coveted slot for a NEW Ferrari!! Wait, Mr. Authorized Dealer, do you mean if I buy a car from another dealer, I won't be able to get a date for a service? Girls I am dating telling me that I don't want a red car.. too flashy!! ummm, wait a bit honey, are you buying this car or am I ? Other girls who I am not dating telling me what they will do to me in the car once I get it.. NOW you have my attention!!! All these issues lead to me to think that if you don't buy a car from your local dealer, you will be osterized like the red headed step son.. I have learned that Ferrari sales people all know each other.. when I wanted to buy a Porsche, it didn't matter what dealer I bought it from.. it was such a commodity.. ok, so Ferraris are not a commodity (by definition they are but in reality they are not) What premium do put on buying a local car from a local dealer?? What premium do you put on buying a car from an auth dealer vs another shop or private party? Yes I get the whole PPI thing.. PRICE, PRICE, PRICE.. To hear certain salesmen tell me that they can't sell their car for $160K.. they have much more than that in the car.. $182K will buy the car.. sorry Mr P, we can't sell the Scud on the floor for less than $310K.. you know it did have a MSRP of $318K!!! My reply "I have 3 other Scuderia's with the same options/miles that you have offered to me at $270K.." their response "Really?" well, ummm, you bought the car at a wholesale price 8 months ago.. unlike other pre-owned shops who puke the car after 60/70 days of initial floor space to turn over inventory, you have decided to keep the car for 240+ days.. bottom line Mr. Salesman, it doesn't really matter what amount your shop paid.. it's what the current market will fetch for your fine car.. and when I tell them that, they look at me like I have 4 heads.. SO onto my F Car checklist: Make the decision to but a Ferrari over the Porsche, Lambo and Aston.. that was tough Then research which F model I want - which one and why Go to the Chat boards and ask opinions Go to the dealer and ask stupid questions.. try to look like I know everything about Ferrari's of course.. Mr Dealer can see right through my BS!! Transmission choice?? Flappy paddles or gated shifter.. a no brainer.. 3 pedals of course.. oh wait some cars don't ever have that option.. damn figure out what color exterior and interior.. hate red cars and want a black or grey car.. time to learn about all the code names.. Siverstone or Grigio? but the Corso is a SICK color.. Damn again Ok go to the Ferrari pre owned site.. who has what and how much are they? Fight snow storm to see a few cars.. better luck shopping for Snomobiles in this weather How is the inventory level in the winter.. better prices maybe but less stock.. should I want for warm weather here in the Northeast? Finally, the introspective questions rattling around in my head.. what will quench my thirst for this very special spot in my garage? will I buy the right car and not have any regrets? for someone who makes decisions VERY quickly on a daily basis, why am I such an idiot when it comes to this process? SO where does this leave me? It looks like I will buy a car this week.. I have offers out on 3 CS's and 1 F430.. it's been a really interesting experience.. after buying and selling 60 plus cars, it is one of the most interesting times I have had.. At the end of the day I know I will have a blast driving whichever car has my name on the title.. NOW how do I stay away from Mr. State Trooper??