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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:29 am    Post subject: 996 turbo , what to look for & where not to buy + what's Reply with quote

Hi there

I've been lurking on here for a while and threatening to buy a Turbo for even longer , well that time has now come so I'm activity looking for a car and want to be aware of do's & dont's and who are the reputable dealers / sellers
I will be at the entry level end of the price scale but hope to still find a decent car , one thing I'm decided on is it has to be tip / auto

All advice will be appreciated & taken on board

Thanks in advance

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to 911uk John

All the usual 911 buying advice applies to the 996T , i.e once you've found a car that ticks your boxes, checks out history wise re paperwork etc and passes your personal inspection ....... get it PPI'd.

The good news is that the engine suffers from none of the issues that make buying a 996 Carrera such a lottery so you should be ok.

It's the recent service history and the current state of consumables such as brakes, rads and tyres that determine the current value of one car over another.

Mileage makes the difference rather than age. eg. A lower mileage 2001 car could easily be worth more than a higher mileage 2004 car.

Tips will always be worth less than a like-for-like manual car so good news for you there. Thumb

If you can find a car being sold privately or by an ordinary car dealer you could bag yourself a bargain. You WILL pay a premium buying at a Porsche specialist but that's what many do.

When you track down a car that looks promising ask for specific advice on here. Be wary as someone might nick it from under your nose though. Grin

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ps. Out of curiousity, what is your budget. Question
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

T8 wrote:
Welcome to 911uk John

All the usual 911 buying advice applies to the 996T , i.e once you've found a car that ticks your boxes, checks out history wise re paperwork etc and passes your personal inspection ....... get it PPI'd.

The good news is that the engine suffers from none of the issues that make buying a 996 Carrera such a lottery so you should be ok.

It's the recent service history and the current state of consumables such as brakes, rads and tyres that determine the current value of one car over another.

Mileage makes the difference rather than age. eg. A lower mileage 2001 car could easily be worth more than a higher mileage 2004 car.

Tips will always be worth less than a like-for-like manual car so good news for you there. Thumb

If you can find a car being sold privately or by an ordinary car dealer you could bag yourself a bargain. You WILL pay a premium buying at a Porsche specialist but that's what many do.

When you track down a car that looks promising ask for specific advice on here. Be wary as someone might nick it from under your nose though. Grin

Good luck Thumb

ps. Out of curiousity, what is your budget. Question



Thanks for your reply , ref budget I'm trying to get something for £30k

Cheers

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a very low-end budget for a 996 Turbo at today's prices.
Possible you might bag a private high miler.

T8 has given you good advice. I'd reinforce the need for a PPI.
It will cost around £300 - £400 from a good specialist.
But it will highlight a dog that needs money spending on it.

Remember many of thee cars bought around 2012 were mid to low £20k's and therefore came under the hands of owners who could afford to buy but were possibly stretched to be able to spend to keep them in tip-top shape.
Consequently I'd suggest you look for ownership history with invoices supporting a keen owner who lavished love and attention on the car with getting things sorted with with reputable specialists and/or OPC using top-notch quality parts.

Price will be affected by manual versus tip (auto box), mileage, service history, clean original panels (no accident damage), ownership provenance and an interrogation of the ECU will show driving style (manual cars) and help to validate the mileage versus hours driven and avg speed.

Tread warily. It is not unusual for a PPI to identify around £2k-£3k worth of spend needed straight away.
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