Porsche is one of the most well-known luxury sports brands in the world. But bringing one of these iconic sports cars home isn’t as easy as walking into your local dealership and asking for a new car. What do you need to know to buy your first Porsche?
Set Your Budget
Porsche is probably one of the brands that comes to mind when you think of luxury cars. It’s also very easy to spend more than you can afford on one of these fantastic pieces of automotive engineering.
Before you start researching makes and models, set yourself a budget and make sure you stick to it. According to economic experts, your automotive expenses — including fuel and insurance — shouldn’t exceed more than 22% of your take-home pay at the end of the day. Set your budget, then move on to the next step.
Choose a Year, Make and Model
Your next step when hunting for your first Porsche is to decide on the year, make and model that you want to bring home. The Porsche brand launched in 1931, giving you a whopping 89 years’ worth of luxury sports cars to choose from.
Not all of your options are created equal, however. Some, like the 964, had a penchant for leaky engine seals — something you really don’t want to deal with when you’re bringing home your first Porsche.
Have Somewhere to Store It
The last thing you want to do with your new-to-you Porsche is to park it on the driveway or the street, especially if you’ve opted for a classic model. The older the car, the fewer anti-theft features it has. And Porsche and other luxury brands always make popular targets for thieves.
Before you sign on the dotted line, clean out your garage and ensure the door is in good working order. One failed component can leave you stuck in the garage — or outside if it breaks on your way out the door in the morning. If you haven’t looked at it in a while, consider scheduling a professional inspection to ensure your new Porsche will stay safe.
Buy From a Reputable Dealer
This is less of a requirement and more of a suggestion. Yes, you can find a lot of really amazing models from private sellers, but for your first Porsche, we recommend heading to a reputable dealership. Learn more about the brand and what you’re looking for from people who spend their entire careers with these cars.
Once you’re more familiar with what to look for when you’re hunting for a Porsche, you can start exploring the world of private sellers. But in the beginning, opt for the dealership.
Enjoy Your First Porsche
Once you jump through all the hoops and sign on that dotted line, all that’s left to do is enjoy your first Porsche! It’s meant to be driven , so don’t just leave it in the garage to look at. Keep your tires inflated and follow a strict maintenance schedule to keep your costs down. If you end up loving these cars as much as we do, chances are good that this won’t be your last Porsche. Now get behind the wheel and enjoy yourself!