The Porsche manufacturer is known worldwide as an automaker that specialises in speed and luxury. Their cars never fail to impress the public and despite constantly making their vehicles more impressive every year, their designs have never strayed far from their original and distinct classic look. Porsches are fast and beautiful performance cars, yet they are still considered to be usable for everyday driving. Unlike other exotic cars in its class, the Porsche is comfortable and practical enough to to take around town even with the kids in it. Then, when it is time to speed up, Porsches are built to play and be driven hard. Although the newer turbo models are extremely expensive, there are ways to find a Porsche that is more affordable. Other models are still sporty and are sold for much less, and buying a used Porsche is also a great way to save some money.
No matter what kind of car people are shopping for, finding the right one is often a long, tedious process that involves hours of sorting through vehicles to find the best one. It used to be that buyers had to drive around to all the dealerships in order to find a new car, but now, the majority of the shoppers look around online and then visit the dealerships as a last resort. In order to cut back on the amount of time needed to find the right Porsche, buyers can learn about some basic tips to help them shop smarter and understand what to look for.
History of Porsche
The Porsche company was founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche in Stuttgart, Germany. Ferdinand's company was originally a motor vehicle development and consulting business and they did not build or sell cars. Their very first job came from the government and they were asked to design a car for the people. In German, this is called a "Volkswagen". What they created was the Volkswagen Beetle, which went on to become one of the most popular cars of all time. The first prototype Porsche that was made in 1939 somewhat resembled the Beetle in design characteristics and some of the same Beetle components were even used to build it.
The Volkswagen company that Ferdinand was chairman of hit rough times during World War II, and the Porsche consulting business turned its focus towards making military vehicles, which were never a success. At the end of the war, the British took control of the Volkswagen plant and fired Ferdinand. He was replaced by an Army Major and later sent to jail for war crimes that he was never tried for. His son watched the family business while his dad was in prison, and during that time he began designing a new car. When Ferdinand was released, he and his son built the car in a sawmill and got enough pre-orders from dealers to go into production. Since the 356 model was the first car ever to be sold by Porsche, it is considered by many to be the first Porsche ever made.
What to Consider When Shopping for a Porsche
Although it is a stressful process, shopping for a new car can still be exciting and fun. It is one of the few times that people get to drive as many cars around as they want. Educating themselves about the Porsche vehicles and how to search for them can help relieve some of the anxiety that builds up and allows the buyer to enjoy the experience more. The following tips are laid out to show people how to get started buying a Porsche.
Choose The Model
Naturally, one of the very first things to figure out when shopping for any vehicle is the budget. How much money shoppers can spend on their new Porsche narrows down their selection. Porsche has several different models to choose from that range in price. Before shopping, buyers should select the model that they want. Otherwise they may wind up feeling overwhelmed because there are so many cars to look at.
Introduced in 1963 as a replacement of the original 356; features an air-cooled engine and a rear mounted engine; much sleeker in appearance than the 356 with a larger interior and more space in the bonnet; there have been 20 different 911 models throughout the years; notoriously the most expensive of all the Porsche models, though they do vary in price quite a bit; turbo versions are the most costly
A more affordable Porsche that still has rear-wheel drive and plenty of power; there are three versions: the Boxster, Boxster S, and the Boxster Spyder; base models have around 250 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds; the Boxster S or Boxster Spyder, offer their drivers 320 horsepower and faster accelerations
A sport utility vehicle with all-wheel drive; a great choice for anyone who wants the room and clearance of an SUV, but the power and performance of a car; four versions of the Cayenne exist; the base Cayenne and Cayenne S come with 300 to 400 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 to 7.1 seconds; the Cayenne Turbo has 500 horsepower and a 4.4 second acceleration speed; there is even a model for the environmentally conscious shoppers: the Cayenne Hybrid, which has a 21 per cent better fuel economy than the other base models
The first Porsche four-door sedan ever released; an instant success in 2009 that continues to be a popular choice for shoppers who want a car, but need more room than the Boxster and 911 offer; available in five different versions that all range in price, power, and speed
Choosing which Porsche to get is probably one of the toughest decisions in the buying process because they are all great cars. Even the base models that cost less are fast and fun to drive.
Inspect the Exterior and Interior Carefully
When looking at a Porsche, section it off into pieces and inspect each area one at a time. Look for scratches, dents, marks, excessive dirt, and fading. Owners have a tendency to drive their cars hard and wear them down faster than other cars. If the car has cosmetic blemishes that look like they could have been avoided with some routine maintenance, then the owner most likely did not care for the engine or drivetrain either.
When shopping online, there should be plenty of pictures of the car, including pictures of any damage. If you want to see more, most sellers are happy to send pictures on request.
Inspect the Engine and Suspension
Checking the engine is something that most people cannot do on their own. But there are small details to look for that can be indicators of hidden problems. Look for any leaks or fluid buildup around the engine and on the suspension. If the Porsche has been parked for a while, look underneath to see if anything has dripped on the ground. Also check the oil to see if it is at the right level and if it is clean. If it is not, the owner may not have been regularly changing the vehicle's fluids. Lastly, take the car to a mechanic for an inspection before buying it. They are able to spot things that the average person cannot.
How to Shop for a Porsche on eBay
To find a Porsche on eBay, you can type "Porsche" into the search bar, or you can enter in the model, such as "Porsche 911". If you simply search by the manufacturer name, eBay compiles a huge list of parts and accessories as well as the vehicles that are for sale.
After you have done the search, save some time by narrowing down the listings shown. You can enter in your price range to eliminate the Porsches that are outside of your budget, and you can also select whether or not you want a new or used one. If travelling is an issue, sort the remaining listings based on the closest distance first.
Shopping online for a vehicle might seem daunting, but the sellers' are usually really good about communicating with possible buyers and answering questions. You may even be able to arrange a test drive with them.
The decision to buy a new or used Porsche is one that many people are envious of. The exotic cars are cemented in automobile history as being luxurious, fast, and reliable. When compared with other sports cars, they keep up with the competition and often at a much lower price. No matter which model people choose, it is sure to over-deliver on their expectations and be more than satisfactory.
Since Porsches cost more than the average commuter car, the shopping and research process should be taken seriously. A bad purchase could end up costing a lot of money. Learn as much about the vehicles as possible. The more the buyers know, the less likely they are to regret their purchase later on. For example, learn about the weaknesses that the particular model of choice has. Also check the body for any signs of neglect, and see if the engine is still tightly sealed and being well-maintained.