So very true!!!
Also, if anything ever breaks (all older cars break eventually, one way or another, no matter what brand), it will be so much easier to forgive and fix/pay to repair it if it is in your favorite color, compared to if it is the wrong color or a color you didn't really want. Every time it breaks, you will be like, "It's not even the color I wanted!" Sadly, I speak from experience on that one...pearl white was not my first choice. I like it now though...sixteen years later.
Thankfully, it also took that many years to get what I always wanted in the first place...now I have the best of both worlds.
Also, your mileage may vary, but for most people, if you think it is hard to get an approval through the home office now, it will be even more impossible after the birth of your second child. Much easier right now.
Naturally, do your due diligence within reason to make sure the car is a good one, but once you know it is right, lock that sale in ASAP before anyone else gets it as it is guaranteed that there are others out there in the same boat, looking for the same thing. This is true for all used specialty and classic cars...doesn't matter what kind of car it is, the good ones always go super fast.
In life and in buying desirable used Lotus, everything is a trade-off...you have to weigh and balance the price/time/risk factor and get it before anyone else does.
Keep us updated and if you get it, looking forward to seeing some cool pictures and writeups...the purchase of a Lotus is the beginning of a great and exciting new adventure!
The right car (or almost anything) is worth more money.
If you find a less expensive model in the wrong color, that may irk you for a long time.