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pre purchase inspection

Still reading and looking at 911's my pocketbook suggests years 1999- 2004 (considering bearing issue) wish I could afford 2009-2011)

Direct me if i'm off base here, very new in forum. Lets assume I find a car that I really like 5 0r 6 states away. After explaining to owner that I would desire a PPI on the car. Then I would ask for his Porsche dealership or one that was somewhat close by. Would I then speak to someone in that dealership about a PPI and the costs involved? Is there a set fee, or done on an hourly rate of labor for inspection.
Thanks for all your help. Robert TN
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Think you're spot on -- generally, you'd pay by the hour for the work done. KEY point, be sure to have the PPI done by a shop/dealership that did NOT previously service the car -- Given the years you're looking at, I'd also consider boxter/cayman opportunities
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+1 darrin is absolutely correct - go to a dealer (indy shop preferably) that has never worked on that particular car - this will give you the most honest reports. Costs vary, depending on how thorough the shop is. I have read about some taking a couple of hours, while others took a whole day. Let us know if you have any other questions - just remember never to rush it and be prepared to walk away from a car.
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Make sure you are crystal clear on what the PPI will and will not cover. Not all PPIs were created equal.
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When I was searching for a car and found one I was interested in, I would do a Google search of the area for Porsche specialists and look at their websites, reviews, etc. - I would try to find one that specifically mentioned PPIs and had reviews of the PPIs they had done. Before choosing, I would also ask the owner who had done work on it so as not to choose that place.

When I finally bought, I let my guard done a bit and had a PPI done by someone who was affiliated with the seller and I regret it somewhat. I would say "well, I learned something for next time" - except I doubt there will be a next time...I plan on keeping my 80 SC until I pass it on to my daughter someday. So, I guess you can benefit from what I learned...
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Another option is to look at a copy of the local PCA chapterís newsletter. Many local specialists advertise there.
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Make sure you are crystal clear on what the PPI will and will not cover. Not all PPIs were created equal.
This is very true. And while a PPI could also be very thorough, it may still be easily misunderstood by you. For instance, when judging the condition of the paint - they say itís in great shape, well great to you might be very different than great to someone else. Iíve purchased from a far before and had the cars PPIíed, and found that thereís really no substitute to showing up yourself for the inspection. There is always something that surprises you when you first lay eyes on it, so itís better that happens before you have paid for it. Yes, it costs money and time to go see it, but sometimes itís worth it. Iíve done it both ways, so Iím not advocating that you need to travel. Iím just letting you know not to be surprised when youíre surprised that the Ďfew rock chips up frontí is more than just a few to you, and now youíre quoting a paint job on a used car you just bought that was quoted to you by the PPI shop as having Ďgreatí paint on it.
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My thoughts too. If it's going to be your pride and joy for the next five or ten years - or longer, it's probably a good idea to cast your eye over it.

Even if you don't feel that you are an expert you kind of get a feel for the car. Sort of like lose wires, rounded nuts. If it's been someone else's problem, why make it your problem. You can always say no up to the point of paying for the car, OR drive it five states with a smile on your face knowing you have done well and got yourself a beauty.
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I’ll echo what others have said about laying eyes on the car yourself. If you do a search for “PPI” you will see plenty of horror stories about things that were missed, omitted, not checked, etc. Don’t treat the report as an end all be all, just another point of data in making your decision.

Also, any 911 out there that is a really good deal (maybe less so on the 996 front) will sell before you get a chance to have a PPI. Someone with higher risk tolerance or more knowledge will snatch it up possibly sight unseen.
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If its an older car I would pay mechanic to do a mechanical inspection

And a bodyshop familiar with these cars to do a body inspection
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Another option is to look at a copy of the local PCA chapterís newsletter. Many local specialists advertise there.
That's what I do. And I also send an email to the chapter president asking for their recommendation.
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Thanks all, so much for your insight. You've given me a lot to think about. Great sight, nice of people to share their experiences, GOOD & BAD Robert TN
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