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Old 05-05-2006, 05:10 PM   #1
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help...good deal?

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I need your opinon on the price of a 986 that I may purchase as soon as tomorrow (Saturday). Okay here is the rundown:

2003 Boxster (base)
seal gray/gray
17" wheels
stereo upgrade (i forget the official name..but this is NOT Bose)
2600 miles (YES ACTUAL MILES)
Porsche certified (warranty until April 2009)
$33,700 (MSRP of this car was $51,000)

Let me know what you all think about the price..


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Old 05-05-2006, 06:10 PM   #2
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That's not bad, and the stereo upgrade you are refering to is the Hi-Fi system. The only thing I'd be worried about is that since it only has a 2600 miles on it, that means it's been sitting unsued for most of the last 3 years. There might be issues like cracked hoses or damaged wires that would have been found during routine maintenance. Get it inspected and find out if anything needs to be replaced. The warranty is a good thing to have, but it'll be royal pain in the butt if you have to take it back every few weeks for the next 6 months to fix all the problems that can crop up from a car that is driven so little for so long.

But other than that, I'd say you've got a good deal. Just make sure you get a PPI done.
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Old 05-05-2006, 07:33 PM   #3
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tell them that there are ALLOT of Boxsters coming back from leases and the Boxster seems to be the Porsche you most often see for sale in the second hand market. See if you can steal it for $31-32K (it is a base 2.7 not a 3.2) I think This year and mileage seem to be at the mid 30's right now. Best to check Ebay for the Buy it Now prices that's usually the max the current market will handle. 20K in two years,Talk about new car Depreciation! ouch.

If its certified pre owned by Porsche it should be OK. Any mileage under 30,000 sounds good to me. I got mine with only 10,000

The only downside is it has 17" wheels and not the 18" ($2K) Maybe why its priced competitively for that year. Does it have HID headlights? Those go for $1200. Bring up these options during the negotiation.

And do me a favor whatever you do DONT buy it tommorow. Say your going to think it over and DON"T say you'll call him on such and such day. Let the sales man sleep on your interest past Sunday and see if he calls you on Monday. If he doesn't, call him or leave a messge Tuesday and ask if its still avalaible, and if the price is still the same. You want that feeling that he has lost the sale to set in. Tell him your are thinkng about an M3 that you just looked at and you'll be checking out an S2000 the following day and you are very interested in the reliability the Honda offers. A god negotiation should take at least five days. See if he wants to make the sale or if you have to chase it. $34K cars don't just fly off the lot. If he lowers the offer tell you need to talk it over with your wife/finacee. Sales guys hate the ball and chain factor. Its scuttled many a sports car sale. See if he calls to folow up on the deal, if he does make him a lower offer by at least 1,000K. He'll say"I have to clear it wth my manager". The deal will go thru 90% of the time at this point or they'll meet you half way on the lower offer. And if it sells dont worry there are lots of Boxsters. If you want a good deal you have to wiling to walk away from an ok one.

R us sure you want a semi automtic sports car? Might want to try both before you decide, like I said there are LOTS of Boxsters and he S model seems like the better deal in the 2nd hand market.
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Old 05-06-2006, 12:42 PM   #4
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Make the stretch and get a used '05 base. I bet you can get one for mid to upper $30s.

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