I'm Ryan from Niagara and am a DIY car guy. I have built a couple Fiero based project cars over the last decade (Google "Fiero2m8 newest project") and before that I was into German cars and Jeeps but these days I was ready for something new to indulge my car passion.
RedPants website and YouTube videos encouraged me to go after my dream car, an Aston Martin Vantage - FYI, my parents were both born in England and my dog's name is Aston.
My daily driver is a Subaru BRZ 6 speed with E-Force Supercharger I installed myself. So my super car goal since 2005 has been a Vantage coupe 6-speed I first saw at the dealer in Troy, Michigan. My budget and the fact I don't like 2006 seats had me focused on 2007 model. I couldn't afford 2009+ knowing my expenses will continue after purchase. Honestly, if I wasn't handy enough to do my own maintenance and labour repairs, I wouldn't have taken the leap into Aston ownership (after learning from my Dad's past Jaguar experiences). After 6 months of looking at many 2006-2008 Vantages, I purchased a 2007 privately that was as close to exactly want I wanted (as you can get for a 10 year old used car that had a huge option list). I wasn't afraid of miles as I intend to drive it - life is short. I also didn't want to be afraid to drive a low mileage car, so went with one that has depreciated a lot, even though I plan to keep it long term. I love how rare they are in my area and how the general public with an untrained eye can't tell the difference from a 2017 model.
I read the Aston Martin Gaydon era definitive guide book which was invaluable during my search and I highly recommend it.
After many dealer visits where I was the expert on Vantages compared to them, I decided I didn't want to pay extra money for a detailed engine bay. So I bought mine privately from a very cool non-car guy who purchased the Vantage 5 years ago as his first car (which I couldn't relate too)! Turns out I used to work for his father's previous company so there was a nice connection there. It's in colours I like, but it needs a little TLC. Other than the driver's seat bolster it's cosmetically good. It's a lightly optioned car from Florida but was imported to Canada during the real estate crash in 2008 and now has 59,000 miles. I ended up purchasing the car AS-IS for $9,000 off the asking price due to the safety check quote below.
1.00 Safety Certificate 130.00
1.00 Battery 264.00
0.50 Check Charging System, 55.00
(Tested Battery, Found Battery Defective, Re/Re Battery)
1.00 Rear Pads 761.00
1.00 Rear Handbrake Pads 226.00
2.50 Remove And Replace Rear Pads and Handbrake Pads 275.00
2.00 Front Headlight Assemblies (left & right) @ 3,835.95 = 7,671.90
8.00 Re/Re Front Left & Front Right Headlight Assembly (flashers) 880.00
1.00 Right Rear Parking light not working - Taillight Assembly 2,264.64
4.00 Remove And Replace Right Rear Taillight Assembly 440.00
2.00 Hood Shocks 66.82 = 133.64
0.50 Remove And Replace Hood Shocks 55.00
Needs Right / Rear Tire
Emissions Required On Dash
Check Engine Light On (maybe due To Battery)
Passenger Window Does Not Go Up All The Way (maybe Battery Also)
VEHICLE:2007 Aston Martin Vantage
Quote Total $ 14,894.73
A special shout out to RedPants (Telum01) who was very helpful pricing parts, providing advice and instructions to install them myself. This helped my price negotiation. The safety quote was not from an AM dealer but prices in CDN funds (x 0.75 for USD), still seemed high!
In retrospect buying AS-IS was a Win-Win for both the buy and seller. I've already placed my first parts order with Rich and will post updates and pictures on my progress as I go.
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I look forward to meeting forum members, being part of this online community with a shared passion for Aston's and will help however I can.