Yellow Compass Supercars - reviews-opinion

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by PFSEX, Sep 4, 2020.

  1. PFSEX

    PFSEX Formula Junior

    Jun 30, 2006
    Las Vegas
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    John Ratto
    I am thinking of doing business with these guys. Anyone familiar with them? Experiences good or bad?

    Thanks for any help
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  3. ttforcefed

    ttforcefed F1 World Champ
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    Aug 22, 2002
    not a traditional dealer but he finds some great stuff. i actually like the way he works.
  4. CoreyNJ

    CoreyNJ Formula Junior
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    Apr 17, 2006
    New Jersey Shore
    Mike is a great guy and helped me find my 430. He was super helpful in getting the PPI, 1st service and sorting out a last minute insurance snafu. If this is your 1st pre-loved Ferrari, you need a guy like him so that you minimize the chance of not having a great experience.

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  5. Regular Guy 01

    Regular Guy 01 Formula Junior
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    May 10, 2011
    Tacoma, WA
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    Eugene Greer
    I bought my car from another dealer (as he didn't have what I wanted available) but in the time since I have gotten to know him on personal level.
    I would have no worries in doing business with him as he is a wealth of knowledge and has connections all over to get things done.
    Mike has become a good friend and he will treat you the same way.
    You couldn't be in better hands....

    Best wishes,
    Gene Greer
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  6. schwoo

    schwoo Formula Junior

    Jun 22, 2013
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    I’ve done business with Mike. Honest, fair, very hard worker. I would highly recommend Mike without any hesitation.

    Raymond Marquette MD

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  8. whatheheck

    whatheheck F1 Rookie
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    Mar 27, 2006
    Seattle, Wa
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    Dan L.
    As others have said, Mike is a great guy.

    Read all the reviews here about doing business with him.

    All positive.

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  9. arizonaitalian

    arizonaitalian F1 World Champ
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    Oct 29, 2010
    ^^^ As per above in my experience as well. Fun, high-energy, knowledgeable. You are in good hands with him on either side of a transaction imho.
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  10. 1949live

    1949live Karting
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    Sep 18, 2014
    Denver, Colorado
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    I second all the good comments about Mike. Very knowledgeable, great connections, always willing to help even if you didn't buy a a car from him
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  11. cls

    cls Formula 3

    Jun 12, 2007
    Los Angeles/Montreal
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    Meh, I contacted Mike a couple of times. He called back with TONS of enthusiasm, but then never followed through. I moved on.
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  13. FXRcR1

    FXRcR1 Rookie

    Jun 15, 2004
    Another positive review for Mike here. He spent a very long time helping me find the perfect car and then a couple years later helped me find an even more perfect buyer when I wasn't even really looking to sell. I have no complaints about dealing with him. A bit unorthodox compared to some no doubt, but the results speak for themselves and he has many satisfied clients who have been able to obtain cars not widely available (or technically available at all in some cases).

    As he says, just give him a call. It costs you nothing to bend his ear and he may just have access to exactly what you want that you haven't been able to find anywhere else.

    The only downside I suppose is that he probably had too many great cars in his Rolodex at any one point. So if you call looking for XYZ don't be surprised if he also tells you about this amazing ABC he has that you might be interested in. If you are easily swayed to amazing examples that can be problematic haha. I can't tell you how many times I seriously considered a car that I wasn't specifically looking for along the way. Just make up your mind on what you are looking for and stick to that, it will make the process easier for both parties.


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  14. 96redLT4

    96redLT4 Formula Junior

    Feb 20, 2009
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    I tried to contact him once through his website and never got a response. I think if you really want to get ahold of him you need to call. I am sure he is kept busy as we are a demanding bunch. Lots of rave reviews. Sounds like a good guy.
  15. LI2782

    LI2782 Formula Junior
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    Jul 19, 2010
    He rubs a bunch the wrong way with his posts, but he weathered the criticism well. Most people who actually work with him seem very happy so that’s what counts, right?
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  16. PFSEX

    PFSEX Formula Junior

    Jun 30, 2006
    Las Vegas
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    John Ratto
    I decided to use Mike to sell my 360. It was a very positive experience. Highly recommended!
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  17. climbernyc

    climbernyc Rookie
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    Aug 15, 2020
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    Mike has been counseling me during my search for a 550- he has been fantastic. He doesn’t have one to sell me but is helping nonetheless
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  18. Wikdstrate

    Wikdstrate Karting
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    Mar 25, 2013
    New York
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    Mike is a good guy, tries very hard, but his personality is polarizing. You either love him or hate him.

    It is ALWAYS easier to buy a car than to sell a car. I had no luck with him selling my 430 Scuderia.

  19. Husker

    Husker F1 Veteran
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    Dec 31, 2003
    western hemisphere
    How does Mike make his money ?
  20. Gh21631

    Gh21631 F1 Veteran
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    Feb 24, 2011
    He makes a bit of money on the transaction but much less than a dealer would charge so more cost effective for the buyer and seller. He will also help with all of the logistics so definitely earns his money.
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  21. Ricambi America

    Ricambi America F1 World Champ
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    I'm not unbiased, because I do work with Mike on some of the cars he's preparing for sale.... but I'll tell you, if anyone has a deep and unwavering passion for these cars, it's him. He seems to know where the hard-to-find cars are hidden, and he seems to have the ability/skill/desire to shake a tree and put buyers together with sellers.

    Whether or not a buyer/seller wants to go on a vacation to Costa Rica with Mike is somewhat irrelevant; his business is transactional. In our little fish bowl (bowel?) of relatively supply and unlimited demand, he does pretty darn good job making both parties of a deal feel like the winner. And that ain't easy.
  22. climbernyc

    climbernyc Rookie
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    Aug 15, 2020
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    I’ve been kissing a lot of frogs through “dealers” on my quest for the right 550. You would be surprised how inconsistent they are in terms of knowledge, history of the car they are selling, etc. Mike continues to provide advice even though he has no skin in the game. He clearly loves what he does, and it shows.
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  23. ScottS

    ScottS Formula 3

    Mar 2, 2004
    Winter Park
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    Scott S
    Mike is a truth teller. He will tell you what your car is worth in this market and what you will get. He loves these cars like us. He knows whats out there and helps you buy the seller and the car. He knows what you are buying and I think he tries to convey it to you.

    I have not bought a car but have had several interactions and conversations about my FF and a potential 308gt4. I also thought about selling my 430 through him but I want stupid money and don't want to waste his time. ;)
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  24. Husker

    Husker F1 Veteran
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    Dec 31, 2003
    western hemisphere
    I'm down for that. Capitalism is what makes the world go 'round.
  25. Corsair66

    Corsair66 Formula Junior

    Mar 14, 2016
    Clermont, FL
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    My experience exactly. Mike is nice enough, in a brash, over-enthusiastic, difficult to get a word in edgewise NY manner, but was absolutely all talk when it came to selling my F430. I have nothing against him, but wouldn't bother calling him again, especially if I were the seller in a prospective deal.
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  26. Mtt83506

    Mtt83506 Rookie

    Apr 11, 2021
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    Mike tanoue
    Anyone else able to provide more insight on this since late 2020? Newcomer to the forum. Interested as well in garnering as much information as I can.

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    3POINT8 F1 Rookie

    Jan 23, 2014
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  28. G8TD

    G8TD Karting
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    Apr 25, 2004
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    You really need to read this thread

    You can't make everyone happy, no matter how good you are. With that said, My personal experience with Mike while looking for, and finally buying my Ferrari was nothing but positive. If he thinks you're off base he'll tell you. Maybe that rubs some people the wrong way. I prefer someone to be straightforward with me rather than sugarcoat things. The posts of actual buyers and sellers that have dealt with Mike in that very long thread are what prompted me to initially pick up the phone. I'm very glad that I did. When a guy like Berman will happily take your call without asking for a credit card number and give you sound advice whether you end up dealing with him or not says a lot. Good luck on your hunt!

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