The Exotic Used Car: Worth Dreaming About

2006 Ferrari F430

There’s a special moment all car enthusiasts experience at least once in their lives. However fleeting it may be, the moment is a little something called: possibility.

It’s when all scenarios in your head line up and something amazing seems possible: owning the exotic you’ve always dreamed of owning.

Maybe the moment is set off by seeing a car for sale and entertaining the brief thought of looking at it. Maybe the price is just a hair lower than you expected and you think of ways you could make it work. That’s usually followed by imagining your garage door slowly opening and exposing the freshly polished nose of your dream car.

You might even hop onto the CarGurus used listings, just to see what else is out there. Then maybe you’ll email a car’s owner, or the dealer selling it, just to see if it’s still available. That might be followed by a call to your bank or maybe a scheduled test drive. And once that happens, look out, because that’s the point where things get serious and one of two things will happen:

1. You’ll either sign on the dotted line, or

2. Your spouse will crush your momentary bout of blissful insanity with a hefty dose of reality.

While most of these moments of possibility don’t end with a new-to-you supercar in the garage, you can be sure of one thing: The moment will happen again. And it will keep happening until you succumb.

My latest moments seem to have happened all in rapid succession and have included a completely out-of-reach Ferrari F430, a mostly out-of-reach Porsche Cayman and a pretty reachable 1997 Jaguar XK8. Yesterday, after reading jgoodspost on Aston Martin, I briefly wondered if I could pick up a used V8 Vantage. The answer, of course, is no. No, I can’t.

I doubt I could afford to change the oil in an Aston, but that still doesn’t stop me from dreaming. And, one day, one of these moments of possibility will end in a purchase.

When that happens, I hope my wife understands.

If presented with a great deal on your dream car, would you buy it? What car would you buy?


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  1. This is great… a $10K Jag XK sounds pretty good. I might call my bank… I think I just had my moment! Haha

  2. I had a German Shepherd. Does that mean I have a better shot at the XK8 or the Vantage? Lemme go ask the boss :)

  3. Ha! Randy that’s funny. I wanted a German Shepard too. Know what I got? A Papillion. Doesn’t say much for my exotic car aspirations, does it?

  4. Maybe jgoods will pop for a Vantage for you. (If he decides not to buy that Rolls Royce.) Yes, I too like to cruise dealfinder. Those XK8’s are the best bargains– a nice used convertible can be had for 10K-12K, which tells me someone might be foolish to buy a new one. Alas, I wanted a nice used NSX, Lotus or Ferrari 308, or even a Toyota MR2 Spyder, and ended up with a Prius. I wanted a German Shepard and ended up with a Bassett Hound. Ah, the joys of marriage.

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