Friday, July 26, 2013

Dealer-hopping in Newport Beach

Like many places in Southern California, Newport Beach is known for its abundance of quality cars.  On any given day (weekday or weekend), I saw Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Audi R8s, Jaguar F-types, Maseratis, Corvettes, Porsches and quite a few classic cars cruising down Pacific Coast Highway.  On one Saturday in particular, I spotted an Aston Martin Vantage, Porsche Carrera GT, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, a pair of Ferrari 458s and a few Maserati GranTurismos within about ten minutes.

As a result of the quantity of these cars in the area, there are many exotic car dealerships in town.  I decided to spend a morning "dealer-hopping" and see how many showrooms would actually let me in (for the record, Lamborghini of London does not allow people to simply walk in; you must schedule an appointment for serious buyers only.  Also, Wynn-Penske Ferrari-Maserati of Las Vegas charges admission to anyone wishing to view their showroom).

I visited Aston Martin/Jaguar, Maserati, Ferrari, McLaren and Lamborghini, and all five dealers were extremely friendly to me.  Amazingly, these are bigger showrooms than local Toyota or Chevy dealers.  I even helped a customer at Aston Martin pick out his new Vanquish while I was there (no, I did not get a commission on the sale).

Aston Martin/Jaguar:





*For my gallery of car sightings from the West Coast, click here.  For Irvine Cars & Coffee pictures, click here.

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