Hi - just after some general advice for buying my first Maserati. Having owned a couple of Lotus Elises back in the UK I have only driven the family car and pickup since moving here in 2007 and decided it's time to get back into something a little more "fun".
What are the general thoughts on going the import or Australian delivered routes? Does it actually save any money because it seems there are actually more cars for sale in Australia than in the UK at the moment.
Also wondered about the reputation of places that seem to have the cars in occasionally in Victoria (Sports Leisure Vehicles, Parkline Motors etc). Finally I have spoken with a dealer about a car but it has no service history (also no manuals etc) and I assume this would be a no-go no matter what the asking price is?
Any advice for my search or links to existing threads with this information would be much appreciated (I did search for them but didn't find anything specific).
Look for signs of water damage, it also sounds like itís had an hair cut with unknown starship mileage, how do you see it? It's still something that you can own if youíre comfortable with a chequered history?
A favourable report from somebody who knows what they are looking at regardless of its lack of history, if it drives and feels tight go for it. If the price is right buy it.
I donít mind high mileage if itís been on the road all its life, hard to kill a big motor that way.
If it holds a leak down test, no sign of ice coffee in or around the header tank and itís got a good oil report from the engine and gearbox via oil sampling lab thatís fine. You can get oil tested at most Caterpillar Dealers; I use Cavpower in Adelaide for my oil tests, you will amazed what oil can tell you, even if itís fresh.
Look for evidence of sill clamp rash, itís the first thing I look for on a vehicle and then check for paint.