Hi there I need your help and wisdom. But first of all I would like to tell you a quick story..........once upon a time there was a little boy who had a Ferrari picture on his wall and he had a dream to own one of this magnificent beasts! Then reality sunk in....... On a serious note, hopefully for those who still are reading this, I thank you. Anyway, like the little boy in the story (ok it is me!), have a desire longstanding desire to own a Ferrari and now potentially find myself in the position to do so. However, to be completely honest and apologise for those that wince at this statement, I just like the look of Ferraris. Appreciate that they go very fast but I am not the type of person to really speed...just want to own something that looks stunning to me. Also with the sums of money required for the purchase of a Ferrari, I am mindful that I wish to potentially buy something 'relatively' safe from an investment standpoint. To be clear I am not looking to make money....if I do great but I intend to keep the car for at least 5 years if not more but would hope not to suffer massive depreciation compared to other vehicles (but I guess that is that luck of the draw). Now the car on the wall was a 1980 Testarossa and while to me theses look amazing, the interior for me looked was too dated. Anyway afterwards then fell in love with the 355 as a teenager. So the common theme at least was always a 2 seater car. While this should make it easy, I then had 2 special little people come into my life which meant that my aspiration for a 2 seater was well a truly on a backburner (unless I won the lottery). So my journey lead me to consider other Marques i.e. 1. Porsche 996 Turbo 2. Maserati Grand Turismo/Cabrio 3. Aston Martin Rapide You may have noticed with each step my budget was getting stretched further a further until I discovered the Ferrari 456. Now again similar to the Testarossa, while the outside was lovely, the interior felt dated...however I loved the manual or more importantly the shiny, silver gate. That being said I did some research and realised, while somewhat affordable, the running cost scared the living daylights out of me. So back to the drawing board again the budget was being tested.....then found the Ferrari 612. Now while the 612 doesn't excite me like any of the other cars I have mentioned it seems to tick one of my major bucket list items i.e. to own a Ferrari. Ideally, I would have wanted a manual but it seems these have a considerable premium over the F1 and after nearly doubling my budget couldn't justify it for a car I would use probably only 1,000 miles a year (if that). Ok, I guess I have bored most people now with the background, so where do I need help in...well everything! Especially as this would be the first performance car I would have ever owned. I have tried my best to research using search facilities both in this forum, other forums and google but with not a great deal of success. While buyer's guide for 612 is a little more sparse then other models the consensus is to buy the best you afford as otherwise it will be more expensive in the long run. Anyway what I am looking for is some help, advice, suggestions, ideas of how to go about the whole buying process. Specific questions I have are, 1. Irrespective of where I buy it from i.e. Private, Independent Specialist or Ferrari main dealer, I should get Pre Purchase Inspection. Who would you recommend? Also how would it work if the car is with a dealer e.g. in case they are not happy to have the car taken somewhere. Do some PPI folk travel? Or are there some dealers you would 'trust'. 2. I have noticed that some 612 have after market modification i.e satnav, bluetooth etc. Does this make them less desirable? Personally, I would have preferred to have everything as stock but compromises will have to be made due to budget and just how old the car is 3. Mileage - is the 612 prices a sensitive as other models? 4. What are considered desirable features and set up. Appreciate purely subjective but again interest to hear people's thought. I seem to prefer the darker colours due to it size. 5. While I would probably get PPI done, what are obvious checks someone can do themselves? To be clear I am not at all mechanical minded but have fairly good observational skills. 6. I will be complying the with all the required servicing i.e. annual, major etc. Who would you recommend? I am based in London so the guess that and the surrounding areas would be the obvious catchment area. I will no doubt add further questions to this list but in the meantime, I would like to thank you for your help (and patience) and look forward to sharing my experience. Thanks and enjoy the weekend.