Looking to buy a used Porsche? Then there are a few things that you need to be looking out for before you purchase your new pride and joy.
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When a used Porsche has caught your eye, make sure you give it a good inspection before parting with any money and do not make a decision to purchase without taking the car out for a test drive. When on a test drive try and put the car through its paces - fast motorway driving, urban driving, twisting country roads and don't forget to check reverse!
Check the bodywork of the used Porsche, make sure there is no corrosion or rust - surface blisters can be dealt with quite easily but corrosion from inside panels is more serious - make sure you check the top and rear of the front wings, along side sills and the underside of the doors. Push on any areas you may think are corroded with your thumb and if you hear a cracking sound it is a fairly good indicator of advanced corrosion.
Make sure there is no collision damage, a used Porsche that has been in a collision can be dangerous - inspect the engine bay panels for signs of creasing or welding, check there is also no 'pull' on the steering when on a test drive.
Have a look at the engine and its compartment on the used Porsche - a very dirty engine can mean a neglected one but a sparkling clean one could mean it has been cleaned to disguise any problems such as oil leaks.
There are also more obvious things that you should check before you buy - make sure it has a full service history and check the registration and chassis number matches with those on the documents.
The final thing I would suggest that you do is take it to the garage shop you will be using to regularly service the used Porsche and ask for an inspection. The mechanic who undertakes the inspection will not be able to tell you what to do, but depending on the outcome, you should have a good idea as to whether or not to part with your hard earned cash for your new car.