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Why is Ferrari resale value so great but Maserati is terrible?

Not that I am looking to sell my Maserati but I can't get over why Ferrari retains their value so well and Maserati drops off. Its safe to say that Maserati loses 50% of its value in the first 3 years where a Ferrari doesn't seem to depreciate at all, only when someone is desperate to sell one.

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what is the process on purchasing a new Ferrari from the factory? isnt there a waiting list?

Ive seen some great deals on 360s..
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what is the process on purchasing a new Ferrari from the factory? isnt there a waiting list?

Ive seen some great deals on 360s..
Purchasing a new Ferrari is very easy as long as you have the $$$.

Purchasing a new Ferrari from the factory at MSRP is a whole different story.

Your best bet is to get one of those used 360 (note to self: bring lots of vaseline) from your local Ferrari dealer and establish a good relationship with their service department (note to self: bring even more vaseline and practice bending over lots) so you can put down a sizeable deposit and then maybe get on the so call "list" for a not-yet-released and yet-to-be-determined vehicle in the future that is if you're spot on the list won't get "bumped" by some other "preferred" returning customers of say dealer. Otherwise, it's pretty simple as just buying a car.
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Purchasing a new Ferrari is very easy as long as you have the $$$.

Purchasing a new Ferrari from the factory at MSRP is a whole different story.
Actually, buying a new Ferrari is not very easy even when you have loads of money. You still need to get a build slot.

Buying a used Ferrari is very easy as long as you have the $$$

Buying a new Ferrari, only available through an AD, at MSRP is a whole different story

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This would result in lower Ferrari prices, not Maserati. There are far more Ferrari's available.

Bad reputation is the reason, IMO. And, although I love my Maserati, I believe that overall Ferrari's are still better built with less issues. Wish it wasn't so - also wish that Detroit could build the best cars in the world - JUST CANT FIGURE OUT WHY WE CAN'T GET OUR ACT TOGETHER.

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Nobody is safe in this economy. I stole this latest auction prices for Ferraris from another site, these prices have me thinking about a Ferrari.

The nicest deal so far was just posted on FerrariChat, a 2005 F430 blk/blk spyder w/all the options, sold for $160k, thats only $20k less than what a lightly optioned GranTurismo S stickers at.

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This would result in lower Ferrari prices, not Maserati. There are far more Ferrari's available.
True if you only look at the supply side.

Desirability which transcends into demand should also be carefully examined.

How many poster of Maserati would you find in a 10-year-old boy's room vs posters of Ferrari's...? and that will always ensure F-car's are in demand.

well, don't get me wrong....not that I'm complaining here since I'm in the market for a nice Maser at much reduced price due to far less competition from fewer potential buyers
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FYI-Maserati of Milwaukee just closed their doors . The story supposedly is they sold 6 cars since they opened in summer. Because of the small market and economic conditions they decided not to take the potential for more losses in the near future.
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Truth is Ferrari brand is 100x stronger than Maserati. Most "normal" people don't even know what a Maserati is.

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Truth is Ferrari brand is 100x stronger than Maserati. Most "normal" people don't even know what a Maserati is.
I agree with that sentiment. To a general audience of car people and non-car people, Ferrari is cooler to have and more universally understood than Maserati.

I think Ferrari is largely carried by it's name and reputation as an exotic sports car of the ultimate level. Maserati isn't.

Maser is sort of always in the shadow of Ferrari despite their lush history and beautiful cars. Maserati, too, is often perceived as an old man's car, with a history of hit-and-miss styling.

Ferrari is perceived as youthful and on the cutting edge. Kids put posters of Ferraris up. Not Maser. Kids don't dream of a Maserati.
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although ferrari and maserati share plenty of items, to most peoples perception the Ferraris are 'cooler' and in the US perception means a lot

oh well, i see the depreciation as part of the cost of ownership, for owning a car you truly want and not what everyone else thinks is cool

it rare, classy and has some pretty good performance abilities for a luxury automobile!!! its great!!!

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I don't know about that over here in the UK. Even though the used values tell a different story the opinion I get from the man on the street is that ferrari is a bit passe - a bit predictable, football player\lottery winner territory. Where as the small percentage who know what a maserati is think they are beautiful, very exclusive & very special. You are right though, the used values seem to go through the floor.
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The "entry level" Ferrari V8 cars tend to hold their values quite well, until the new model replacement comes along, clearly on the back of generally demand outstripping supply.

The 4 seat big V12s don't sell as well, both new or second hand.

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Interesting Comments.......

I just returned from a 2 week vacation in Italy. This was my third visit there in the past 4 years. This time we visited the Tuscan region. My point here is, Ferrari is EVERYTHING in Italy. You can see Ferrari hats, emblems, shirts, etc sold at many, many shops and stalls. Not same for Maserati or Lamborghini. Everytime a Ferrari would pass our tour bus the Tour Guide would say, "Look, Ferrari!" Since we were travelling in the northen part of Italy this time, I asked my Tour Guide to check with the Maserati plant as I am a Maserati owner and would like to visit the Assembly Line and gift store. At first, she looked at me like, Where is Maserati? I told her the plant was in Modena. She said that she lived in Bologna (not far from Modena) and was not aware of the plant (Understand now, this is a female, BUT she is an Italian TOUR GUIDE - You would think she would know more about Italy). Anyways, she checks with Maserati. The PR people there were willing to accomodate me with no prior reservation, but the only day I could visit was a Saturday and no tours are given that day and the gift shop is closed. I tried. But, yes, Ferrari OWNS Italy! BTW, my "count" during those 2 weeks; 5 Masers (including 1 new GT) and 4 Ferraris.
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