First time buyer - questions

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Montserrat88, May 29, 2020.

  1. Montserrat88

    Montserrat88 Rookie

    May 29, 2020
    Hi all,

    I'm thinking of finally biting the bullet and buying a Portofino. Had a couple of questions I was hoping to get some insights on.

    1) what are the big differences between a 2018/2019/2020 models? Have my eyes set on a 2018 (less than 2500 miles) priced at £160k but feels a bit high given the year. There are a few 2019/2020's available in the same price range but not the color/spec configuration i'd like.
    2) i'm relatively new to the UK so not super knowledgeable about the insurance market. Couple of quotes online suggested 250-350 / month - does that seem reasonable?
    4) what are the must have specs to look for?

    Thank you all in advance!
  2. A348W

    A348W Formula 3

    Jun 28, 2017
    North Wiltshire, UK

    With respect to spec etc you might get more responses in the dedicated model section.

    as to insurance; a lot obviously depends on your personal circumstances; but make sure you also phone some specialists such as Lockton, AIB etc. that specialise in these types of cars. Devils in the detail and you need to ensure you are properly covered.

    you may also wish to join (free) which is UK centric, not as busy as this site; but a few threads on insurance.
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  3. Montserrat88

    Montserrat88 Rookie

    May 29, 2020
    Thanks - any insurance broker/underwriter recommendations in the UK would also be much appreciated!
  4. greyboxer

    greyboxer F1 World Champ

    Dec 8, 2004
    South East
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    As noted above Locktons have a specialist Ferrari section - some folk like Admiral...... - other brokers have been previously recommended in previous threads - at one point Saga were good for older drivers - more than normal car insurance it can vary hugely according to your circumstances (none of which you mention) - age location experience etc etc
  5. pknowq

    pknowq Rookie

    Apr 15, 2008
    Hong Kong
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    I pay £120/month for insurance with Aviva that's with full NCD and also includes a Porsche with full NCD (different main driver)

    Portofino, I'm not sure if there are any must have options, most are aesthetic. I often change specs on cars and sometimes go all in and sometimes the bare minimum I need to help future resale.

    Magneride dual suspension is good and something I would definitely order. I love the LED carbon fibre steering wheel. It's great for red lining if you are in manual mode. If you don't want to red line, or track the car, or rarely drive in manual then it's not necessary, but probably useful for resale as I don't think it can be retrofitted although I might be wrong. Foldable rear seats, not sure if these are standard but it's useful if you want the extra luggage space and useful for golf clubs. Electric seats with memory, useful if there's more than 1 driver. Parking sensors with our without camera is personal preference. The standard hifi is abit trash at higher volumes and I wish I'd ordered the better one but again it's not really necessary. The engine is music enough.

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  6. allandwf

    allandwf Karting

    Aug 27, 2011
    Scotland UK
    I use Mannings, have done since old TVR days, as they do track day cover.

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