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I've never purchased a Porsche from a dealership before and I could use some advice. TIA.

1. The car is based in Austin. I'm planning on buying the car remotely and having it shipped. I've done some research on recommended Porsche PPI places but the closest one is about 30 minutes away. The dealer has recommended a mobile service (link). How do you usually handle PPIs when buying remotely? The mobile service has really good reviews, but I imagine that having a Porsche specialist do the PPI is critical?

2. Any rough idea on what price range I should be targeting? 2014 BS w/ PDK, 27K miles, loaded with full leather, 18-way seats, PASM, PDLS, PTV, sports chrono, sports exhaust, Bose, and front and rear parking sensors (listing link) (order link).

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A dealer PPI by a certified Porsche tech was a couple hundred bucks a couple years ago. You can call and ask for today's price. I would question how independent this mobile service really is based on recommendation by seller. I would get Porsche certified tech to do the inspection either a dealer or an indy. The used car lot probably did a pre-sale inspection that is probably the same expertise as this mobile tech or maybe the same guy.
 

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You might want to contact the local (to the dealer) porsche club and see if they have a member who does PPI.
This is a great idea. Hard to believe that a place like Austin would be so short on Porsche expertise.


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It’s a mixed bag. I’ve had great PPI’s when purchasing long distance and terrible ones as well. One of the worst was when buying from Dallas. That 996 I test drove felt ok and the PPI recommendations came from local enthusiasts. Flew back home, scheduled a PPI and results were great. Had the car shipped back to Atlanta and the CEL appeared not 10 miles later. That was a $4k money pit that I sold immediately.
With the newer cars, 2013+, they all seem more reliable. I purchased my 981 Boxster, sight unseen, until I flew down and drove the car. I would have liked a PPI, but the test drive went well and the owner had all service record for the last 45k miles.
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Looks like a great car. Someone threw the options book at it...
 

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Austin has a good Indy network - try German auto center, Luxury Auto, and there are some former Porsche Techs around.
 
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