Trading in my Maserati for an XLR
So after much thought I've decided to trade my Maserati Spyder for an '04 XLR. It's a bit of a downgrade, but I want something a little more practical without sacrificing power. I drove an '08 at the dealership the other day- loved it, but couldn't justify it for the money. However, from what I've found, I can get an '04 with about 40k on it for around $20,000 which is very reasonable.
I'm looking for some real world advice as to what I should expect with this car and what to look out for. I live in Hawaii and since I'm having a Miami dealership find the car for me and ship it to me I can't do a presales inspection. I've bought many cars in the past before like this- some great, some not so great. Since I won't be able to check it out in person what is the best way I can ensure I get a good car. The car will probably come from a Manheim auction so I doubt the dealer will even be able to thoroughly inspect it. Would you all advise against this or is it something I shouldn't worry about? I probably want to stick with a GM certified one or one thats being sold by GM and not some smoke.
Just wanted to get some advice. If this forum is anything like the 300C or Maserati forums I've been members of for years I know I'm in good hands.