Imagine spending over $300,000 on your dream Ferrari 488 only to discover it comes with a story. This is exactly what happened to us when we pulled apart our newly acquired 2017 Ferrari 488.

Damon driving his “new to him” 2017 Ferrari 488

We like to mod stuff here at Daily Driven Exotics, so after only a few weeks of ownership it was time to take it apart for the ultimate “winter build”

Raymond of SR Auto Group removing the Ferrari shield

We took the car to SR AUTO to take the car apart in preparation for Wrap Werks to bang out a custom wrap, printed by our friends at Protective Film Solutions. No one expected what came next……

The rear diffuser coming down.

The Ferrari in question has only 18,000kms and was completely stock when we purchased it from a 3rd party. This car did not come from August Luxury Motorcars where we purchase the majority of our supercars. In fact, the owner Matt even told Damon he could find him a better car – to which Damon said “no i want it nowwwww”. So, we had August bring in this 488 from a third party dealership we won’t mention the name of..

The first sign of trouble…..

The first sign of trouble was paint overspray. We found overspray behind the front bumper, on the wiring harnesses, on several panels and more. This continued in the rear of the car as well. There was masking tape impressions and honestly, Dave would have done a better job with a spray can and a blindfold.

Then, we found more….

This glue is not Ferrari approved..

After removing the rear bumper, we discovered something that shocked everyone.

The yellowish/brown stuff you see in the above photo is construction adhesive – not even kidding!

The type of general construction adhesive used in the 6 figure supercar

The intended use of constructive adhesive as per their website:

“Bonds a wide variety of building materials including wood, drywall, plaster, ceramic, concrete, masonry, brick, foamboard, cork and vinyl cove base”

Well, I guess they can ad Ferrari bumper repair to the list.

It’s everywhere….

We even found a drywall screw used to hold a piece of carbon to the rear bumper!

Look closely and you’ll see a black drywall screw holding together part of the rear bumper.

We can only speculate the reasoning behind this. Was the car rear ended then fixed in a 7-11 parking lot with spray paint, drywall screws and construction adhesive?

This damage wasn’t disclosed by the seller. What would you do?

The grand total: $25,000 in hidden damages. Watch the vlog below to see all the drama go down at Daily Driven Exotics

Written by Dave Coulter