When it comes to the world of supercars, they’re renowned for their high top speeds, head-turning aesthetics, and growling engines. Supercars are performance vehicles traditionally associated with race tracks and long-distance road trips in exotic locations; not cars you drive on a daily basis.
Ferrari is an icon in the supercar world, intrinsically linked with beautiful and expensive high-performance vehicles. However, it’s entirely possible to drive a Ferrari every day.
At the end of the day, a Ferrari is a car available in a variety of road-legal models that in theory could be driven every day. The question is, would you want to?
An increased risk of damage
Ferraris are supercars and even if they’re purchased second-hand, they’re still expensive vehicles. The more you drive the Ferrari, the more chance it will be exposed to damage that’s out of your control.
The paintwork can be damaged from stones or other debris being thrown up against it, either from the Ferrari’s tires churning up material or other vehicles flicking stones towards it. Parking can also present a challenge, with the Ferrari potentially being scraped by vehicles parked next to it or doors opening into the Ferrari’s body and scratching or denting it.
Ferraris also have low ground clearance, increasing the risk of damage when parking, going over speedbumps and potholes and navigating driveways.
Additionally, snowy conditions or even rain can cause Ferraris with sports tires to skid, increasing the risk of a crash. Also worth bearing in mind is that salt sprinkled on the roads in icy conditions can also damage the underside of the vehicle.
Expensive maintenance and poor fuel economy
Even if a Ferrari doesn’t need extensive repairs (which can cost thousands of dollars), regular services add to the cost of owning one, and the more the car is driven, the more intensive services it will require to keep it in tip-top condition. Parts and maintenance are expensive and you may even need to rebuild the engine depending on wear and tear.
Ferraris are also not known for their fuel efficiency. They require quality fuel and use a lot of it, so expect fuel costs to be high if you’re driving a Ferrari every day.
Another element to consider is the depreciating value linked to driving a Ferrari every day. In general, the more miles a Ferrari has on it, the less it will be worth for resale purposes.
Get ready for attention
It may seem obvious but Ferraris draw attention and while some might argue a large part of owning a supercar is the thrill of being seen in one, sometimes attention isn’t always desirable. Opportunistic thieves may try their luck at stealing the car when you’re not around to keep an eye on it, while others may intentionally damage it out of jealousy and spite.
Even car enthusiasts who simply want to admire the vehicle may begin to try your patience if they want to take a lot of photos of it or hold you up in conversation when you have places to be.
Ferraris come with varying trunk sizes so if you want to use one every day, ideally you want it to offer decent storage space for groceries, day trip essentials, or any other items you may need to transport day-to-day.
Another consideration is the available space for additional passengers. While some would argue that a lot of two-seater models win out over four-seater models in the looks department, having a Ferrari with seating space for more than two people makes it a more flexible daily driver, whether it’s transporting family or friends.
Ferraris (and supercars in general) can sometimes be slightly tricky to get in and out of (at least compared to a lot of non-supercars), which might become annoying if you need to enter and exit the vehicle multiple times a day. Additionally, depending on the Ferrari model, it can sometimes be difficult to easily see surrounding traffic.
Driving comfort and environment
A lot of Ferraris are built with maximum performance in mind, which sometimes leaves a lot to be desired in the comfort department. Stiffer suspensions will result in more bumpy driving experiences and loud Ferrari engine noises may become irksome, especially over long periods of time (not to mention drawing attention wherever you go).
Ferraris are also built with speed in mind and many urban and city environments will hamper your ability to simply put your foot down and go like you would be able to on a race track. The stop-and-start of heavy traffic won’t be kind on a Ferrari, not to mention frustrating as a driver if you can’t enjoy what the car was designed to do.
Ultimately it is possible to drive a Ferrari every day. However, some models are more practical for everyday use than others and many would argue there are more efficient and economical options than Ferraris for daily driving.