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Ferrari California buying advice

Discussion in 'California/Portofino/Roma' started by richkh, Aug 18, 2023.

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  1. richkh

    richkh Rookie

    Jul 25, 2023
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    Hello,

    I am new to the forum and looking to buy a Ferrari California to add to my garage that has an Audi R8.

    My budget is up to £75k, and I've been looking at the classifieds and as an example seen the following (links below). Both are 2012 and one has 16k miles and the other 33k miles and very similar in price. Which would you recommend - the lower mileage one or the higher?

    Many thanks,
    Rich

    Ferrari California | Bure Valley Classics

    Ferrari California for sale in Peterborough - Part Exchange Welcome (junction17cars.co.uk)
     
  2. greyboxer

    greyboxer F1 World Champ

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    Which do you prefer - light or dark interior - also check recent mileage eg last 3 years to get a feel for most recent use pattern (higher/lower) - lots of other California advice here in this section - probably starting with get a PPI - then decide if you want a full Ferrari warranty which will necessitate an inspection at a main dealer (dark interior car may get by due to recent main dealer service)
     
  3. richkh

    richkh Rookie

    Jul 25, 2023
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    I prefer the dark interior so the higher mileage car. I'm not looking at this car as an investment just whether it is better to go for a low mileage car or not. I suppose if I take out a full Ferrari warranty then it wouldn't matter either way.
     
  4. miamiron

    miamiron Karting

    Sep 3, 2016
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    The car's overall condition, color, options and service history should take precedence over mileage if you're not looking to resell. If you're set on buying the Ferrari warranty, you'll be covered for the top $$ repairs such as DCT and Roof (which both low and high mileage cars are equal candidates). If you bought the low mileage one but for example the interior color wasn't really what you wanted, at some point, in your mind, you'll be wishing you had chosen what you really wanted in the first place.
     
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  5. tomc

    tomc Two Time F1 World Champ

    Apr 13, 2014
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    ^Good advice.

    I'd prioritize what's important in terms of must-have and would-be-nice. For my wife and I, finding a color that we wouldn't see every day was important, CPO, authorized dealer, and good service records were in the must-have category. Would-be-nice items were things like stitched cavallino, spare tire kit, etc.

    I'm guessing this will be a weekend / fun car and not a DD. If so, I wouldn't compromise on the must-have list, but be flexible on would-be-nice.

    The mileage for both - assuming those are not km - are both OK. The Cali can handle miles. My 2011 has 50K km. It's been a blast to own.

    Good luck. The hunt is just the first part of the Ferrari experience.

    T
     
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  6. KS_California

    KS_California Karting

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  7. KS_California

    KS_California Karting

    Jan 24, 2022
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    Good question. I recommend viewing/driving both cars. Don't be afraid of the higher mileage car if it has been well maintained. I purchased my car with 20k miles. Ran great year one. This year - needed tires, power top repair, de-carbon of the intake/injectors. This was 7k by itself. If the higher mileage car has had the de-carbon service performed - you'll be good on that for another 30k miles. If not - this service will likely be due - so this car just became 7k more expensive (in theory). Check top operation for both cars as well. Multiple cycles. Good luck with your decision.
     
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  8. FrancisK

    FrancisK Formula 3
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    My advice would be take your time and get exactly what you want otherwise you're just going to be shopping again soon...

    My 14k mile cali has cost me a lot in maintenance the past couple years, service history is more important that mileage. Carbon cleaning and suspension specifically, other things like the tranny and top are hit or miss...
     
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  9. Sunshine1

    Sunshine1 F1 Veteran
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    I own a 2013 Cali30 HS. It really is a fantastic car (design, beauty, presence, handling, exhaust, performances that are still on top of the world compared to almost every sports cars sold new today, quick shifting, hard top coupe as well as convertible, …). 1 person can fit in the back (behind the passenger’s seat) as long as it’s a child (longer trips) or an adult (less than 5’7”) for short trips.

    * Yes, service history is important, you want to make sure that the car has been well cared of and has received its annual checkups + done by reputable professionals.

    * If you can, buy a CPO from an authorized dealer, it generally adds peace of mind + an official warranty (mine came with a 2-year power15 warranty). If the purchase is not from an F dealer, always have a PPI done to check the vehicle.

    * If you can spend a little bit more, get a 2013 (more powerful than 2012, improved performances and handling)

    * What to check? Mostly the top + DCT
     
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  10. richkh

    richkh Rookie

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    Thank you all for your advice much appreciated.
     
  11. rgb125

    rgb125 Rookie

    Sep 15, 2019
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    It sounds like your garage might look like mine soon. I have 2011 R8 V10 Spyder & 2011 California (red R8, black on black Cali)

    As others have mentioned, get a PPI & warranty - it will pay dividends. And mileage shouldn’t scare you, mine was higher mileage (20+ K), but the car has truly surprised me with how trouble free it is. ABSOLUTELY get a good tender for the battery (CTek)and religiously use it when garaged. Mine has been one of the pleasures of my lifetime.

    Cheers, and good hunting!


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  12. Themaven

    Themaven F1 Rookie

    Nov 2, 2014
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    Hi, what needed to be done on the suspension on your Cali?
     
  13. FrancisK

    FrancisK Formula 3
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    Magneride shocks are leaking, replace, rebuild or go aftermarket....still deciding. I'm wary of putting non OEM parts on a Ferrari even if it's a California but the aftermarket actually looks like a much better option, not sure what to do...
     
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  14. richkh

    richkh Rookie

    Jul 25, 2023
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    Thank you all for your advice. I now own a 2012 Ferrari California 30 Edition.
    Now to get that warranty from Ferrari.
     
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  15. tomc

    tomc Two Time F1 World Champ

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    Congrats! Now we're going to need pictures!
    T
     
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