Re: How to read a car history.
I have decided that I will be hard pressed to find exactly what I want nearby. My plan is the ask general questions to the owner to vet the car for whether or not I want to forget it or press forward and order a PPI. A very detailed PPI (not from a Porsche dealer) is about $200, assuming it may be too far from a dealer to go that route. Is it as good as seeing the car first hand or as good as a dealer doing the PPI? No, but if there is anything wrong with it, even down to swirls in the paint, they will likely get a picture of it or note it. You can also convey to the inspection company what your main concerns are. Assuming the PPI report doesn't throw up red flags, at that point I have to decide to go get it myself and drive it back or have it transported. To transport a Suburban from CA to FL is around $1k, so I can't imagine something as small as a Cayman costing all that much more unless they are building damage liability into the pricing.
Originally Posted by ddtan
I too have noticed a lot of Caymans with 3 owners in a very short time and some 'fleet' vehicles with 4 owners over a fairly short time. I have two true 3 owner vehicles that have been great, so I am not sure that 3 owners would deter me if there was a service history to evaluate and an acceptable inspection result.
Stubbornness is a virtue...