Headed to the Steel City - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: Headed to the Steel City

March 19, 2014

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera

Our long-term 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet has a new owner and is headed to Pittsburgh. Sorry Gslippy and Noburgers, but we didn't go back to CarMax. The buyer, Tom, contacted me on Autotrader and paid to have the pre-purchase inspection that we reported earlier. The 911 earned a clean bill of health, but Tom hadn't yet made an offer. All that remained was agreeing on a price.

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera

Edmunds trade-in TMV when we took it to CarMax, showed that our car was worth about $82,740. We listed the Porsche 911 on Autotrader for $83,000. While the car was being inspected, I received two offers (one for $80K and another for $81K). I told the other buyers that Tom had paid for the inspection and he deserved the chance to make an offer first. He offered $79,000. I told Tom about the other offers and said that if he could match the $81,000, we'd have a deal. He gave it some thought and agreed on the $81K. For reference, CarMax had offered us $78,000.

Tom wired us the money and made arrangements with Reliable Carriers to transport the vehicle. We got a call from the driver at Reliable about a week later and scheduled a pickup the following day.

Jason, the transport driver, carefully inspected the car and made a note of any dents and dings before it entered the truck. There was a scuff on the front fender and curb rash on one wheel, all items we knew about and had disclosed in the ad. Next he drove it in and had to pull some tight acrobatics to exit the vehicle. "I've been doing this for 10 years so I can pretty much get out of any car," Jason said.

Our Porsche 911 wasn't immediately headed to Pittsburgh, however. It was going to sit in a local warehouse for a couple of days until the carrier company had enough cars to make the trip profitable. It would have cost our buyer an extra $2,000 to have the car delivered immediately, Jason said. The car is expected to arrive in Pittsburgh in the next two to four weeks.

And so our Carrera Cabriolet leaves the Edmunds fleet. I only drove this car a few times, but I loved every minute of it. I'm sure the other editors would agree.

Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 23,648 miles


  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    I'm glad you got more money and that I was wrong. I'm married, so I'm used to being wrong.

  • Interesting story. If it was my 80 grand, I'd have flown across the country and driven it back just for fun.

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    If it was my 80 grand I'd put it down on a brand new 2014 model that didn't have 24,000 miles on it, multiple burnouts, curb rash and a cross-country trip in winter and snow. Then I'd finance the other 18K over 5 years at 3% and make payments of $300 a month.

  • mfennell mfennell Posts:

    A 20% discount off new (~40% off MSRP IIRC) is a pretty fair trade for some miles and a few imperfections IMHO. I bet that a person who is able to wire $81k over to Edmunds to buy a car is not the kind of guy who needs to finance $18k more to buy a new one but one who simply prefers skipping the steepest part of the depreciation curve.

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    The manufacturer warranty for the 911 is 4 years or 50,000 miles. If the new purchaser wants to stay in warranty for the next 3 years he can only drive 8000 miles a year. Anybody can wire 80K over to Edmunds. You have a HELOC, your own Credit Union, or you finance through some third party source at 1.99% and wire the money to Edmunds. If you know REAL Porsche aficionados you know that they don't drive them in the rain. To drive one 10,000 miles through snow and salt is crazy.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I get dunning15s point, but the guy probably is not going to drive this car through a Pittsburgh winter anyway, and it's probably not his only car, so I would bet that 8k miles a year is plenty for him. Reason I would not have purchased it is...sorry to say, but this is a fleet car. Lots of "not my yob, man" when it comes to taking care of things as they come up, as a single owner would do. That's why Edmunds cars are frequently throwing TPMS warnings of the tires being 5-6 psi below rated pressure - there is no one person thinking, "it's been x weeks since this has been checked" and dealing with it. Plus 20k+ miles put on in mostly SoCal stop-and-go traffic...um, no thanks.

  • ocramidajzj ocramidajzj Posts:

    Couldn't agree with you more fordson. This poor baby may not have been mistreated, but it had no idea who it's daddy was. :-)

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    I agree with you Fordson. I'm marking this day down in my journal because I've been waiting for it.

  • mfennell mfennell Posts:

    Fine, we have no idea where the money came from (though you can't just wire money for a securitized loan in my experience - the bank expects the title directly) but the REAL Porsche guys I know drive the sh*t out of them, just like Edmunds did. *shrug* It's one year old with plenty of warranty left if it's not your only car. I struggle to find a reason to get worked up over its "abuse" at the hands of the staff. The buyer knows a lot more about this car than the average person buying a used car.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I think I agreed with you on something else a week or so back, dunning15. It was notable enough that I remembered it, I guess.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    I'm glad to be wrong on this one. That car is headed to my city, ironically. Tom the buyer was probably willing to match the others' offer because of the better weather the car experienced on the west coast.

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    Did you read all of the updates? This thing experienced more than a normal Porsche 911's share of nasty weather. This isn't a 'Not-Driven-In-The-Rain' SoCal pampered 911.

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