2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Street Legal
March 11, 2014
An out-of-state shopper contacted us about the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera and asked if we would take it in for a pre-purchase inspection. No problem, we said. If you're considering spending $83K for a used car, it's a good idea to give it a thorough inspection by an expert. We told the shopper to set up an appointment and we would take the car to the dealership.
Unfortunately, it turned out to be a bit more involved. Three dealerships turned down our shopper's request. Finally, Circle Porsche in Long Beach, agreed to do the inspection. Here's what they found.
We dropped the Porsche off and left it overnight. When we went to pick it up, we were a little surprised to find that we couldn't get a copy of the report. The shopper paid $400 for the inspection, so it was up to him to share the results with us if he wanted to.
However, Alberto Garcia, Circle Porsche brand ambassador told us, "It's a really clean car." He added that their pre-purchase inspection is the same as the 111-point inspection they use when considering whether to include a car in the certified pre-owned car program.
On its Website, Circle Porsche says it is the oldest Porsche dealer in California. It is located at the notorious Long Beach Traffic Circle through which 60,000 cars travel each day. Getting into the dealership is somewhat circuitous, but once there you feel you are in Porsche heaven.
We have had the Porsche 911 up for sale for a while now and four people have contacted us. No solid offers yet but getting a clean inspection report will certainly improve our chances.
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor