Author Archives: Fred Hope

When A Broken McLaren 12C Is A Supercar Bargain

By   December 8, 2018

McLaren 12C

McLaren 12C

When you pay about $100,000 for a car it is hard to call it a bargain. However, when you buy a supercar that cost over $200,000 just a few years ago, that is quite a bargain.

There are two main reasons that the McLaren 12C has depreciated so quickly, newer more desirable models and reliability issues. The 12C was the first production road car for McLaren since the F1 of the 90’s and there will usually be some bugs in a first experimental attempt.

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What To Buy: Aston Martin DB7 Or Jaguar XK8

By   November 26, 2018

Aston Martin DB7 and Jaguar XK8

Aston Martin DB7 and Jaguar XK8

The Aston Martin DB7 and Jaguar XK8 are both British GT cars that were built while their makers were under Ford control. Both cars were brought to the United States for the 1997 model year and both were sales successes.

Now over 20 years later and depreciation has hit both performance machines hard, but which is the better value on the used market?

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Porsche 997 Cost Of Ownership

By   November 6, 2018

Porsche 997 Maintenance

Porsche 997 Maintenance

Prices of the 997 generation of the Porsche 911 are becoming very affordable on the used market. You can currently find well maintained examples with reasonable mileage for under $40,000.

Of course with a high-end sports car maintenance costs can quickly add up. The good news is that when compared to used Italian sports cars, the German engineering of the 911 costs much less to keep on the road.

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Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS – Market Update Q4 2018

By   October 22, 2018

Ferrari 308

Ferrari 308

Just about ten years ago you could find plenty of examples of the Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS for under $30,000. At the time, some decent running cars with slightly higher mileage were near the $20,000 mark.

Back then, even though the prices were low, the maintenance costs kept most wiser people away. It’s funny how much things can change in just ten years. Someone who had bought a 308 GTB/GTS back then would now have a car worth more than twice the price paid to buy it originally.

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