The monthly newsletter of the Maverick Region of the Porsche Club of America
Personal Experience: Buying a Porsche Online By Peter Wen Photos courtesy of the Author ad, are you looking to D buy another Porsche?” asked my son. “No, I am just looking,” I replied offhandedly as I continued to browse the internet ads. I understood where he was coming from, however. Like many of you, I have spent hours online just to look and to dream. Well, that dream became reality on December 5 last year as I took delivery of my 2011 997.2 Turbo S Cabriolet. “One of One” is now residing in Dallas I found her on Porsche.com. I named her “One of One,” partially a tribute to the “Seven of Nine” character for you Trekkies. She lived in Palm Beach, but was offered for sale in Buffalo, NY. A truly unique 911, it left Stuttgart with both paint-to-sample Polar Silver exterior and Lipstick Red interior. Her previous owner wanted to create a one-of-a-kind 911. The extensive option package included carbon-fiber trim and some highly unusual leather-covered items, such as the rearview mirror, fuse box panel, and vent slats! Leather vent slats sealed the deal for me. I was sold on this beauty! She is One of One. One of One had extensive service records from the dealership. All major and minor maintenance had been completed. To be 100% 22 February certain, I scheduled an independent PPI (pre-purchase inspection). After all, I was about to make this major purchase sight-unseen. Niagara Region PCA members were eager to help. They recommended the PPI shop as well as offered to conduct a visual inspection in my absence. PPI did uncover a small coolant leak and some minor cosmetic flaws that I used in my negotiation. The DME report was clean with no over-rev history. To transport One of One back home to Dallas, I relied on fellow Mavs. A quick Facebook post produced several solid recommendations. The journey took about two days. It was delivered without incident in an enclosed carrier. As expected, to reach my dream, sacrifices had to be made. In this case, it was my beloved Cayman, my first Porsche. I used dealership trade-in offers, and websites like kbb.com and autotrader. com, to determine my sales price. I posted it on the Mav Facebook page, PCA classifieds, and Craigslist. With detailed descriptions and great pictures, it was sold in six days. Frankly, I was not ready for it. So sudden, I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye. Unique interior options abound! It has been a month and 800 miles since One of One arrived in Dallas. It has been a blast to show her off to family and friends. She is everything I thought a Turbo would be and more. It’s a car with split personalities. It’s a great daily driver with ride comfort and modern conveniences. However, with the Sport Plus mode engaged and a bit more right foot pressure, a beast emerges from under the sheepskin. I can’t help it but to grin ear to ear. This was a dream fulfilled. Spring driving season will be upon us soon. See you out there, Mavs! Top down no matter how cold! Author’s note: Expand your dream car search: Porsche.com pre-owned section is an excellent place to begin your search for newer (993, 996, 997, 991) Porsches. The powerful Car Locator tool gives you access to Porsche inventory from U.S. dealerships. Other great sites are Autotrader.com, eBay, and our own mav.pca.org and Slipstream classifieds, along with pca.org classifieds! Surprisingly, Craigslist is a good place to sell your P-cars. The posts are picked up by many third-party websites and reposted. Your ad there will reach a national audience. Be sure to take detailed, close-up photos of your interior, especially the buttons, seats, and wheels. Lastly, PCA is full of helpful and knowledgeable folks. It’s a great resource to keep in mind. Dream on, Mavs!
Porsche of the Month Selected by Bill Orr For instruction on how to submit your Porsche photos in the POTM contest go to: http://mav.pca.org/photos/POTM/ Grey Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet (Photo by David Temming) 23