Tips For Buying Your First Exotic Car

Jack Sandher - Friday, May 30, 2014

Tips for Buying Your First Exotic Car


Whether you want to act like James Bond by purchasing an Aston Martin or live like a veritable celebrity by cruising around in a Lamborghini, an exotic car can be a fun and exciting purchase.

However, when you buy an exotic automobile, you need to realise that you aren’t merely buying a beautiful paint job and an attractive sports car façade. You are also buying a fully functional machine that you will (hopefully) be able to drive around in public. That means you will need to pay attention to everything from regular maintenance to insurance.

If you are serious about buying an exotic car, you need to first understand that doing so is going to be a major investment.

Buying a used car instead of a new one can help you cut down on taxes and insane insurance premiums, and is widely considered the way to go when shopping for an exotic sports car.

However, buying used is also a risky move because, if you’re not careful, you can end up with a car that has a laundry list of problems and will cost you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs before you can even get it out on the road.

In order to avoid unwanted costs, there are a number of things you can do:

Check for Wear and Tear

First off, you should make sure that the car you are considering for purchase has no obvious wear and tear, from scratches and dents on the outside to upholstery tears on the inside.

Ask For Service Records

Ask the seller to provide service records for the vehicle, and try to determine whether the car has ever been involved in any accidents.

Crashes and fender benders can leave lingering problems on the car’s mechanical systems, and that’s a ballgame you don’t want to involve yourself in.

Low Mileage is a Plus

In addition to these steps, you should aim to by a car with the lowest mileage possible, preferably from a buyer who is also the original owner.

Ask for the History

You want to buy an exotic car from someone who knows the car’s full history; you don’t want a car with multiple previous owners and with an unknown past. This way, you can better understand what the car has been used for, which can help you to zero in on potential issues with it. Has it been driven in track races? Is it used for everyday driving? Has it been sitting in a garage for five years? All of these uses can lead to different types of wear and tear, and you should look up each to know which questions to ask.

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