The owner explains how owning a used Ferrari, the complicated, frivolous repairs ruin even the rich.
No one expects the use of a used car from one of the most prestigious brands in the world to be cheap, but the special problems and difficulties of their disposal can be surprising. These are often trivial matters that have no easy solutions and certainly no cheap solutions.
When I was twenty-five years old, I had my eyes set on a Ferrari Mondial in one of the most popular national markets. Not because this type of car was staring at me, I actually didn’t like it more than anyone else. But it was a car from an iconic brand that was being sold at a price that I could afford with the help of a small loan. The purchase was unsuccessful, as it turned out that the red eight-cylinder coupe was not in as good condition as the seller claimed. And I wasn’t willing to give up a kidney or any organ to fix it.
It is this inexpensive service that brings tears to the eyes of many people after buying a used car. One of them is a person who calls himself JayEmm on YouTube, but whose real name is James. He bought a Ferrari 430 Scuderia last year, whose power the Italians increased to 510 horses compared to the base coupe, while the weight was reduced by 100 kg. Although the car was launched by Michael Schumacher himself in 2007, it can still impress today with its acceleration of 3.6 seconds from stand up to 60.
Impressive speed and a top speed of 319 km/h are not the only reasons why the Scuderia continues to attract fans. And the prices are equally high, because it is rare to find a coupé for less than five million crowns. At least you can be rewarded for a relatively low distance. The amount paid by James, the real name of this fan of the Italian brand, was not mentioned, but it should be business. And since this is a Brit who has logically chosen to drive a right-hand drive, one can assume that the amount is slightly lower than usual for this reason as well.
James, meanwhile, once owned the Scuderia, for several months in 2021, but was plagued by a rattling noise from the chassis that he could not resolve, even after replacing the bearings and shock absorbers. So the car was lost to the world and James decided to buy the same model to replace it. However, he took it to the garage before Christmas last year, who sent him a sad diagnosis a month later: in addition to chassis problems, they discovered coolant leaks or corrosion of the exhaust system.
A month later, James receives another email. This time the service also mentions the need to replace the thermostat. He also pointed out that the brakes were already very worn, but thankfully he said they would still last a few kilometers. Despite this, the YouTuber had to pay £11,000 (approx. CZK 303,000) for repairs, as well as £1,100 (CZK 30,300) for routine maintenance including, for example, oil changes, belt replacements and batteries important.
Given that the Scuderia comes with carbon-ceramic brakes as standard, which are far from cheap, as are the 19-inch tires that James will also have to get, then the first year with the Italian car will cost a fan of the brand. more money than most people spend on a new car. However, none of them will reach 200 miles per hour in less than 11.6 seconds. The famous saying about monkeys and bananas can be reiterated: buying a fancy car is one thing, “feeding” is another.
The Scuderia can still be impressive today, in looks and dynamics. However, you will probably be more shocked by the seller when you present the repair bill. Photo: Ferrari
Source: JayEmm on [email protected]
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