A Newbie’s Guide To Buying An Exotic Car

Most people know about the processes involved with buying a car. You look at some for sale; you take them out for a test drive, and you buy the one that you like the most. But when it comes to exotic cars, it’s not so straightforward.

Are you thinking of buying an exotic car? If so, today’s handy guide will tell you all you need to know. You will learn how to get the best deal, and how to avoid ending up with a lemon! If you have used this guide before, do let us know how you got on in the comments section below.


Preparing yourself for exotic car ownership

The contents of this guide are for people new to exotic car ownership. If you are still reading, I will presume this is you!

Before you part with any money, you need to prepare yourself for exotic car ownership. Don’t worry; you don’t need to go through some weird new owner ritual or anything!

Owning an exotic car is different to owning a “standard” car like the Ford Focus, for example. There are some things that you need to brace yourself for:

*You will enter the driving elite. You can no longer get your car serviced by your friendly service centre. Exotic cars need (and deserve) care from specialist mechanics. That means you are likely to spend more money maintaining your car than you did in the past;

*Parts are expensive. For instance, a set of aftermarket Porsche 911 front brake pads will cost $168. You can expect to pay at least double if you buy genuine Porsche brake pads;

*Fuel economy is pitiful. Unless you fit a 2.0-litre diesel engine to your exotic car, you can throw any thoughts of good fuel economy out the window! But let’s face it; you are buying an exotic car because it’s fun to drive, not because you want to save some cash on your fuel costs;

  • *You need to be a “car” person. Do you have a basic grasp of how a car works? Do you know the difference between a crankshaft and a clay bar? If so, exotic car ownership is for you.

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Getting the best deal

If you are still reading, then I guess you have prepared yourself for exotic car ownership by now! That’s great news, because now we can move on to the next section of this blog post – getting the best deal.

To buy an exotic car, you will have to visit a specialist dealership like Red Line Specialist Cars. You won’t find exotic cars for sale in any old dealership! Find a few local and regional specialist dealers, and learn what cars they have for sale.

You can then check online how much you should be paying for any car that catches your eye, so that you can negotiate with the dealership.

Under no circumstances should you buy an exotic car without haggling on the price! And don’t feel embarrassed about doing so; even billionaires haggle on the price of the cars they buy.

Once you have agreed on a deal, make 100% sure that you have the car’s history verified. Good luck with your exotic car search, and don’t forget to follow the tips in this guide!

Emily Muelford
Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.