Ferrari have historically been at the cutting edge of motoring design and technology, and still are to this day. Ferrari’s current line up of models not only sports avant-garde styling, but incorporates some of the most advanced technology around. Sure, they’re not cheap. But when have Ferraris ever been cheap? Buying a used Ferrari could get you the car you want whilst saving you a hefty chunk of cash, but if you want the best, you should still expect to fork out for it.
Ferrari’s flagship, the 612 Scaglietti, has only been in production since 2006. Often criticised for its outrageously high price tag, its arguably had a lot to answer for. At £213,000 brand new, the 612 is a substantial investment for anyone to consider. The unique styling makes it unmistakable and unforgettable, the 5.7 litre V12 under the bonnet is a smooth but electric powerhouse, and the interior is simply a joy to be in. Sprinkled with gadgets galore, the 612 is arguably one of the best grand tourers around. A 12 month old model with 4,000 miles on the clock could set you back £170,000, so if it’s a 612 you have your heart set on, you might find that discount a little enticing.
The more sporty 599GTB is a beast by every means. Equally as costly, new prices are around the £200,000 mark. Sporting the same 6.0 litre V12 as the Enzo, the 599 is nothing short of a rocket ship, sprinting from 0 – 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds. Pre-owned, a 2 year old model with 17,000 miles on the clock will cost you just £135,000. Not cheap at all, and you should also be wary of service history; 599s need a lot of attention to be kept in tip top condition. Find yourself a good one though and you’re away.
Ferrari’s more ‘everyday’ Ferrari California is a step into the more universal market for Ferrari. Loaded with a 4.3 litre V8, it’s certainly quick, and the interior is just as lavish as its larger, more expensive counterparts. With new prices starting from £170,000 it’s again, not cheap. Furthermore, having only been around since 2008, there’s not many to be seen on the used car market as yet. Still, find yourself an ’09 model with about 3,000 miles on the clock and expect to pay a cool £150,000.
Ferraris have never been cheap, and their current model range is no different. Certainly, as with all cars, as Ferraris depreciate as they get older. But with age comes the inevitable increase in maintenance and running costs. So it’s up to you: if a used Ferrari’s what you really want, do a bit of homework and see what’s out there. Make the wrong decision and it could turn out to be an expensive mistake. Make the right decision, however, and you’ll probably be one happy bunny for a long time to come.
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