If you want to own a Porsche but aren’t quite ready to shell out the cash for a new one, buying a pre-owned Porsche can be a great option. Of course, technical issues can be a concern when buying used vehicles and Porsches are no exception. You have to be careful or you can end up paying good money for a car that’s not worth its price. Here are some tips to help you while shopping for a pre-owned Porsche.
Take a Test Drive
Going for a test drive is always a good idea before buying a vehicle but it’s even more important when you’re considering buying a pre-owned Porsche. To get the best sense of the vehicle’s capabilities, go for as long of a test drive as you’re permitted to and try to drive under as many different road conditions as possible.
Check the Maintenance History
This has become standard practice when shopping for pre-owned vehicles but make sure you don’t neglect to check the maintenance history of the vehicle. The type and frequency of Porsche repairs that have been performed on the vehicle will give you a good indication of its condition and value. If you’re going to own a Porsche, it’s a smart idea to get familiar with the maintenance schedule but even before then, you can check the maintenance schedule against the maintenance history. A Porsche repair shop is the best place for any repairs, unsurprisingly, so ask where any repairs took place.
Aim for a Porsche Factory-Authorized Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
A warranty can provide significant assurances in the case that anything goes wrong with the vehicle after you purchase it. Ideally, you’d buy a Porsche with a CPO warranty that is backed by the Porsche Factory. Make sure to get all the relevant details of the warranty including, most importantly, the end date. The new-car warranty may still be in effect, too, in which case you’ll want to obtain all the documentation related to the terms of that warranty.
Look at the Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned Checklist
If you’re buying a pre-owned Porsche from a dealership, you should be able to take a look at the official 111-point checklist for the Porsche you’re considering purchasing. Some dealers will hesitate to show you this checklist but others won’t try to hide it from you. You’re better off dealing with a dealership that’s upfront, anyway. The checklist contains a significant amount of data about the vehicle so take your time looking it over and searching for any oddities or discrepancies. CPO Porsches are checked for the driver assistance system and “typical Porsche driving characteristics.”
Porsche also provides 24-hour roadside assistance services during the limited warranty. Depending on how you foresee using your Porsche, this may be a valuable extra for you to consider.
Do Your Homework
Any good negotiator will do extensive research before coming to the negotiating table. There are plenty of online and print resources you can use to research the resale values of any of the Porsches you’re interested in buying. If you have a good idea of what any given vehicle is worth, you’ll have more power once the negotiations start. Don’t be afraid to walk away, either, there are always more pre-owned Porsches on the market.
Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection
Even a knowledgeable Porsche aficionado can miss something important while reviewing a pre-owned vehicle. That’s why it’s important to rely on a professional to assess Porsche. They will give you an indication of what, if anything, is wrong with the vehicle. A pre-purchase inspection is simply part of your due diligence when shopping for a pre-owned Porsche. Rather than suffering through high service costs down the line, push for the inspection up front. The pre-purchase inspection should include an exterior inspection of areas like the body panel, glass, all doors, and roof. The interior inspection should cover all the upholstery and infotainment systems if there is one. A local Porsche expert is the best choice for conducting the pre-purchase inspection.
Contact Shaus Motorsports for an Expert Opinion
If you have any questions or concerns related to German-made cars including Porsches, turn to Shaus Motorsports. We have years of experience serving the community by fixing any and all issues in German cars. We can fix up that pre-owned Porsche that you’re considering buying with any necessary repairs so you’re all set to hit the road. Reach out to schedule an appointment with us today.