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  • A new box on wheels, or an older Porsche?

    Porsche 911

    Modern cars are getting more expensive, there’s no doubt about that, and a reasonably specced executive car now costs as much as a serious sportscar from just a few years ago. That begs the question, why not just get the sportscar?

     On the books right now in our showroom in Cheshire is a 2005 3.8-litre Porsche 911 Carrera 2S, often considered the ultimate everyday supercar, for just £32,990. Think about what new car you can get for that money. A hot Golf? As long as you leave the options list alone. A BMW 3 Series? Again, just.

     So for the same money as you can spend on a pretty non-descript German car, you can have a slice of motoring nirvana and one of the finest cars in the world.

     You need to be careful, as an older car is still a seriously expensive machine when it comes to repairs and servicing. If you’re thinking of buying an older Porsche, it’s simply good business to get a thorough inspection done to make sure that the car has been impeccably maintained. An old sportscar is one thing, an old and abused sportscar is quite another.

     If the previous owners treated the car well, though, and there are no oil leaks or disasters waiting to happen, there’s no reason a Porsche 911 should cost you vast amounts more than an average car to keep on the road. Servicing costs will be higher, but if there are no major repairs, a used sportscar can be one of the best investments you make.

     When all is said and done, you’ll get behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 every morning and feel the thrill of one of the best driving machines on the road. That beats a box on wheels every single time.