Originally Posted by DimSum
Thanks for all the input you guys have provided, in the end the 996 does seem like a wise choice. I will be using it as a daily driver, plus some turbo upgrades down the road maybe in a year or two's time. I'll take a look at the maintance costs first, and see what specialists charge here in my area. But I think oil changes and filter changes I can probably tackle, I'm quite handy and I don't mind getting my hands dirty.
So the best idea is to hire a Porsche specialist and inspect the car before purchase?
Will he do compression test and DME scans? What is the average going rate for these kinda tests?
Also when purchasing a 996TT, where is the best place to pick one up? Is there any specific states in the US which have cars better condition then others? I am located right on top of New York, where niagara falls is. So I think if I'm going to buy a car, I'll either ship it for extra cost or drive it back.
Sorry if my posts gave you unnecessary concerns as it wasn't the intent but I always think it wise to know as much as possible about the owership of exotics . You will find that your local dealer will offer an inspection system though prices will vary. You can also get an inspection that will offer a warranty but only if anything appears to be in order (i.e. Correct tyres, brake pads, etc). This might be worth considering.
If you are considering doing any servicing like oil etc then buy yourself or borrow a Haynes manual
on the car to see what's involved and whether you would feel confident undertaken the work.
Anyway good luck on your hunt for the car of your dreams.