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Best way to buy?

wadsy

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...if indeed one way is better than another!...but would welcome thoughts on....

a) the 'private' route: find what looks to be a nice one, get it inspected (by who?) and then take the plunge if all sounds good. Can I then add a warranty?

b) This, I think would be my preferred route: source through a recognised specialist (I'm in West Berks) they would inspect, do any work required and it would come with a good warranty. Those local to me don't have anything in at the moment, but I'd thought of phoning a few to ask about looking for one for me.

I have in mind: C4, manual, 80k-ish, full history, low number of owners, without much to spend on it straight-away ie good tyres, discs, pads, clutch etc. Hopefully a 3.6, budget up to 12k.

Thoughts/advise very much appreciated.

Cheers :)
 
I bought mine from a specialist, it came with a 6 month warranty for £ 500 which I felt was enough to highlight any major issues. I'm now on my own with it and am happy to take anything that comes up. Aftermarket warranties,IMO,aren't worth jack,unless they are very expensive ,even then they are suspect,so I'd rather put the same amount into a fund to fix anything that comes up.
I bought mine from Paul Devyea, his cars are carefully selected and he knows his customers really well.'d buy from him again. See what he's got in stock.
I'd also buy private,often better as you can get a feel for the previous owner and how it has been treated. Buy the best car you can afford.
 
You won't get a 996.2 (3.6) of that quality from a dealer for £12k.

You might be lucky to get one privately but then you'd have to pay for a PPI and a warranty separately.

With a £12k budget I'd concentrate on looking for the best 996.1 (3.4) I could find. You'll get a lot more car for your money from a private seller as most dealer prices will be 15%+ more for exactly the same car.

Sadly £12k is a real entry level budget for getting into a 911 and you just have to take on the chin the element of risk involved.

Good luck :thumb:
 
As T8 says, you are at entry-level budget. In all honesty, don't be tempted by purchase prices. £12k seems tempting, but you can easily spend £6k in the first few months of ownership putting what is likely to be a dog inot reasonable (not good) shape.

And that discounts the engine going pop - a £10k fix alone on a car bought for £12k!

These are high performance supercars, knocking on in terms of age and they are expensive to maintain. Just want you to be aware of all this before you bag a bargain Porsche for Kia Picanto money.
 
Thanks for the input chaps :)

I don't know what it was like, but one sold quickly recently on Pistonheads for 8k; '98 car with 1 owner, engine re-build, looked a nice car :?

Also phoned to go and look at a 3.6 at a local dealer, 100k on it, but sold for 10,995.

Prices do seem to vary quite a bit and, as you suggest, maybe a lot down to condition. Hence my preference for one sourced from a respected specialist, as it seems to be a bit of a minefield!

Cheers
 
Yes you are pushing the budget there.

Personally I would buy private (or ask a trader for their trader price i.e. no warranty), get it inspected including bore inspection. Mileage doesn't relate to engine issues particularly - I have a mate with a full OPC history 3.6 with 170K miles, and another with a 50K car that needed a Hartech rebuild.

Ideally get Hartech to inspect it and get it on their lifetime plan. That's what I did just over a month ago. Also added some upgrades e.g. low temp thermostat.

Paid £11,500 for my car, £1300 to get it onto the Hartech plan which included their Gold service £600, low temp thermostat £200 and a few other things. So £13K so far which is not bad I think, but the monthly Hartech plan includes annual service and MOT for £72 /month.

Hartech plan is also transferable to the next owner :)

Lee
 

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Yes you are pushing the budget there.

Personally I would buy private (or ask a trader for their trader price i.e. no warranty), get it inspected including bore inspection. Mileage doesn't relate to engine issues particularly - I have a mate with a full OPC history 3.6 with 170K miles, and another with a 50K car that needed a Hartech rebuild.

Ideally get Hartech to inspect it and get it on their lifetime plan. That's what I did just over a month ago. Also added some upgrades e.g. low temp thermostat.

Paid £11,500 for my car, £1300 to get it onto the Hartech plan which included their Gold service £600, low temp thermostat £200 and a few other things. So £13K so far which is not bad I think, but the monthly Hartech plan includes annual service and MOT for £72 /month.

Hartech plan is also transferable to the next owner :)

Lee

I presume I'd have to take it to them for work etc though?...quite a long journey. Are there alternatives 'down south'?

Cheers
 

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