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Would you buy a Ferrari that hasn’t been driven much?

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  1. jc1

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    I'm considering buying a 458 spider. According to the current owner, it has been driven less than 500 miles since 2017-2018. Still waiting to see service records and will most definitely have a PPI done too.

    Would this concern you? Anything significant to lookout for?
     
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  3. TheMayor

    TheMayor Eight Time F1 World Champ
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    Aside from the tires being out of round and any issues with old fuel in the tank, it wouldn't bother me. I'd change all the filters and give the brakes a flush with new fluid. Pretty standard maintenance to bring it up to current day.

    Rubber still degrades over time whether its used or not. So check the hoses, seals, etc. And just because the tires are "new" doesn't mean they don't need to be replaced.

    You may have found a creampuff but there is no such thing as a cheap Ferrari. Pay me now or pay me later.
     
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  4. Shark01

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    Rubber degrades faster when it sits for long periods like this. And I'm not referring to tires, that is a different conversation.

    It's probably OK though as the car itself is not very old.
     
  5. Brian A

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    A lot of us immediately think of the issues associated with a 40 year old Ferrari that has sat for 10.

    I am no expert but I can’t imagine how anything has degraded much at all over a 3 or 4 year sit. Even modern gas tanks are a tightly sealed system so probably even the gas is okay.

    It still pays to have an expert check it over though.
     
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  6. tbakowsky

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    I just fired up an old sl500 after sitting for almost 6 years. I took the fuel cap off and had a sniff..gas smelled ok..removed the plugs shot oil down the cylinders, rolled it over..put the plugs back in..and away she went..like.nothing ever happend.
     
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  8. Dave Bertrand

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    500 miles in 4 years seems about average for a newer F-car. I wouldn't hesitate.
     
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  9. Island Time

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    I like cars people haven’t messed with. For better or for worse, you know what you’re getting.
     
  10. Shark01

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    I hope this 125 miles a year thing isn't true....it's not like the regular production cars are collectible.
     
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  11. Dave Bertrand

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    I may have exaggerated by calling it average, but it certainly isn't unusual. My observation is that production Ferraris tend to get used more as they age. The market puts such a large premium on low mileage cars that I think a lot of new car owners don't want to put the miles on them.
     
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  13. rossodino

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    To prove your point a friend of mine just bot a 2017 488 spider with 1500 miles on it that's not even 500 miles a year, saw it this morning looks like it just left the showroom.
     
  14. 83Mondialqv

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    I wouldn’t be afraid of a car that hasn’t been driven much especially if all the services have been done and the car has been started occasionally you should be fine


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  15. jc1

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    Thanks guys for the replies. Tires and brand new. I also spoke with Ferrari service and they didn’t seem to think it would be much of a problem on this model. Sending it to the local dealer for inspection.
     
  16. The Red Baron

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    If you do 500 a year the car is being used reasonably, and anything up to 3000 a year still makes the car used enough.
    More than that and you start to find its just a daily driver.
     
  17. SCantera

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    I have owned 20 Ferraris over the last 40 years. Mostly V-12s because I like GTs. After much research and after driving a 458 for the first time I can say it's the best Ferrari that has been built....almost ever. Nearly bullet-proof my tech of 20+ years explained to me. Just bought one last month that I have not even seen in the flesh yet.

    Don't worry about the miles. The 458 is not complicated and extremely reliable. Service it with a qualified tech, replace the tires and drive it!!
     
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