Would you do this trade??

Discussion in '456/550/575' started by Philly, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Philly

    Philly Karting

    Aug 23, 2012
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    Phil Gelso
    Hello All - so a dealer in fla wants to trade my 97 550 Maranello 26k miles red/ black for his 12 Mclaren MP4 12c 14k miles white black ... Thoughts please!!!
  2. tomc

    tomc F1 World Champ

    Apr 13, 2014
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    Modern classic, 3 pedal V12 Ferrari for a first gen, twin turbo V8 Macca? I wouldn't make that trade, even if marque and future price tends were not in the equation.

    Good luck. This is an awesome "problem" to have.

  3. Themaven

    Themaven Formula 3
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    They are very different cars, so it depends what you would use them for.
  4. dsd

    dsd F1 Rookie
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    Nov 19, 2006
    Northern Virginia
    I'm no expert, but believe the MP4-12c prices have not yet bottomed out, while 550 prices still have some upward mobility.

    The current values are probably slightly in favor of the 550 (hence a dealer offering the trade).

    Really, comes down to what you want. The Maclaren is a great car, not sure its a classic like the 550, but sure is nice.

    Honestly, I would not, but could see both parties being happy.

    No bad choice.

  5. Laserguru

    Laserguru Karting
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    Aug 7, 2016
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    So this is even exceeds the recent classic "First World Problems"....

    Zeroth World Problem??

    Decisions, decisions, decisions....I honestly can't say which as they are truly different beasts.
  6. au-yt

    au-yt F1 Rookie
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    The 550 is the long term bet value wise, and is much easier to sell.
    Mclaren has introduced a range of new models that will impact on the Value of the Mclaren MP4 12c and at this point its only 5 years old. If it was a 650S its a consideration.
    I highly recommend getting on the Mclaren forums and do you home work.
    They have there own issues and you cannot have things like oil leaks fixed by a dealer its a part replacement, ie Gearbox... yep the whole box. Mclaren are yet to authorize independent maintenance organizations.
    If you do decide to go down this route get the dealer to add the Mclaren extended warranty in the deal, yes Mclaren offer extended warranty. on cars over 5 years old.

    Best of lock with the decision.
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  8. Philly

    Philly Karting

    Aug 23, 2012
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    Never mind ... I did my research ... I'm used to expensive parts but the Mclaren takes it to new levels ... Too bad ... Great car ... Thanks Fchat gang for quick good advice ...
  9. mpurcy

    mpurcy Karting

    Jan 29, 2013
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    I live in Taxifornia...so taxes suck even on a straight across trade...some states have no sales tax or one make you pay taxes on the delta. How is Florida?
  10. ko23

    ko23 Karting

    May 6, 2015
    I had the same offer. I kept my 550.

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  11. tres55

    tres55 Formula 3
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    Sep 18, 2012
    If maintenance wasn't absurd on the McLaren, it would be something to consider...but as it is they're absurd to fix outside of warranty.

    Don't look up what a steering rack or transmission costs. :)
  12. henryr

    henryr F1 World Champ
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    and the $3k battery
  13. orled

    orled Rookie

    Jun 13, 2009
    How about if 458 & 550 showed parity? Would anyone do that swap?
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  15. marce

    marce Karting

    Jan 30, 2014
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    Here in Australia it's quite close, an imported(british) 550 listed recently and is seen as less desirable due to salted roads, moisture and corrosion sold recently for approx $300k.
    2010-2011 458's with some usage advertised from $360k.
    Presented with a swap for a 458, i think i would still keep the 550.
  16. INTMD8

    INTMD8 F1 Rookie
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    I would not. Need to have a manual trans.
  17. Philly

    Philly Karting

    Aug 23, 2012
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    Phil Gelso
    I would swap my 550 for any 458 without blinking ...
  18. toggie

    toggie F1 World Champ
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    Interesting question since those are the 2 Ferraris I own.
    I love my 550 as much as I love my 458.

    They are such different kinds of fun.
    Stick-shift, high torque power versus paddle-shift DCT high-rev power.

    If I could only own one of them, it would be a tough choice.

  19. fatbillybob

    fatbillybob F1 World Champ
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    Aug 10, 2002
    That's what I was thinking. I'm sort of thinking of doing my 550 swap for a challenge car only because I don't drive my 550 and put more miles on race tracks. But I actually don't like DCT except for racing so I would never own a DCT for the street.
  20. tazandjan

    tazandjan Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Darius- Rosso Corsa and Crema on that 550, UK resale favorites. The 458 is a much better long term deal than a similar McLaren MP4-12C. Would still keep the Maranello personally, however. There were only 3083 550s and probably close to 20,000 458s.
  21. Caeruleus11

    Caeruleus11 F1 Veteran
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    Jun 11, 2013
    I would not change the 550 for a McLaren. I agree, if you were to add a car, the 458 is much better choice.
  22. ko23

    ko23 Karting

    May 6, 2015
    What about a 575M F1 with FHP trade for a 458? Is that a wise choice? Very different cars. Is one appreciating and the other continuing on a drop with 20,000 of them made?

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  23. tazandjan

    tazandjan Two Time F1 World Champ
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    You are not going to find a dealer who wants that deal. FHP does not increase the value on a 575M that much in the States. Incidentally, I have one, too.
  24. Graz

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    Having owned both cars I decided on keeping the 550. Such different offerings but the 550 is a more "usable" car. It kind of flies under the radar if you will which allows it to be more of a daily driver. A modern classic which typifies the Ferrari brand. Don't rush to trade it. Just add to it:)
  25. wbklink

    wbklink F1 Rookie
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    I would NOT trade my 1998 550 with 76,000 miles on it :)

  26. Bas Jaski

    Bas Jaski Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Keeping money out of it: Absolutely NOT. Keep the 550. A proper GT, looks fantastic, V12, extremely usable. 12C is not a good looking car (subjective of course). May be a fast car, granted...but will soon be ''outdated''. Sounds weird maybe as the 550 is of course far more dated. I don't think it'll age at all well, like 355/360's with F1 gearbox.

    Putting the money factor in again: Even more incentive to keep the 550!

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