2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: Headed to the Steel City
March 19, 2014
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.
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