What Happens When An Inspection Goes Wrong On A Ferrari 458

One of the smartest decisions a prospective car-buyer can make is to pay for a pre-purchase inspection – quite literally, an inspection that takes place before purchase, PPIs are to warn the buyer of any problems or maintenance needed on the car in question.

Usually they result in an inspection that overlooks 100 different components found in between the front and back bumper.

Although PPIs explain in great detail the car’s health, mechanics remain bias free as they are only meant to report the issues and not an opinion on whether to buy the car.

But, what happens when things go unnoticed in a PPI?

Well, as SuperspeedersRob and his salvaged Ferrari 458 found out — things get very expensive, very quickly.

Just days after Rob was grinning from ear to ear as a result of purchasing a Ferrari for “$70,000 under wholesale”, we find out exactly why he was able to score the supercar for such a low price.

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Moral Of The Ferrari Story: Don’t Trust Ferrari Dealerships

Already well aware of a few issues like a check engine light, a warning that the gear box was not in parking position, rough idle, engine control system failure, and an issue in 7th gear at highway speeds, Rob threw all logic out the window and purchased the car.

Now history tells us a cheap Ferrari, never really ends up staying cheap.

With a handful of issues, it’s hard to imagine how Rob didn’t think more could be lurking.

However, that is the false sense of security that can happen after a PPI, not to mention having a Ferrari dealer conduct said inspection.

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You Paid For All The Lights, May As Well Put Them To Use

Yet, there is a reason dealerships are lovingly dubbed “stealerships”, as a result of their inattention to detail.

Rob’s $1,200 bill —complete with a slew of unreported problems — is merely another example of how dealerships drive customers to their local independent mechanics.

Unfortunately, something Rob should have done from the start, because when his independent mechanic came back with a leaking gearbox seal, broken under tray, an aftermarket bumper that doesn’t line up, a power steering leak, broken front-end welds, a bad O2 sensor, and incorrect tire sizing; the difference is clear.

At the end of the day, dealerships don’t make money on repairs like they do from the sale of cars. So why would they want to find all problems if they can just sell you a new car?

Whereas, an independent mechanic’s livelihood relies solely on their ability to repair cars, making their diligence worth every penny.

We would still love to take home a Ferrari 458 even if it is more trouble than it’s worth; but after this story we consider ourselves warned.


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