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TL;DR (too long; didn’t read) : I bought a Cayman S manual, was super excited. Got the car and the paint was in awful condition, I was furious. Dealership was professional and paid for most of the repair; now the paint is beautiful. Got the Oil changed and Now I’m ready for many miles of rowing gears.
I must admit, the title is a bit of click bait; I LOVE the car, But here's my story.

First I'll go about introducing myself. My name is Jordan, and I'm a college student here in Las Vegas, Nevada, I've almost graduated so I have a lot of life left in me. In between classes and partying away my college years I've been teaching people to race cars at my job Dream Racing. I’ve been at Dream Racing for close to 4 years now and…sometimes, the job is pretty cool. Here is my shameless and boastful selfie of me with our work toys.
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I’ve always had a passion for cars and I’ve always wanted sports cars. Last year I got a second job and worked my *** off to come up with a downpayment for me to purchase a Cayman, this downpayment would give me enough down so that my monthly payments wouldn’t be stupidly risky at my age. This was the goal, keep the payments manageable.

I originally wanted a car with PTV, but for the life of me… I couldn’t find one in my price range after searching for 8 months. My lease was up and I needed to buy a car….NOW.

I found the ‘perfect’ car in Tennessee, she looked great! 2000 miles on the clock, just about every option I wanted, and a decent price. But what does every responsible car purchaser do? Get a third party to inspect the car, get a PPI. I looked up a guy in the area and ordered the PPI, made the car purchase contingent on a a good inspection.

The PPI guy told me the car looked and ran great, and he forwarded over all the engine diagnostics and faults to me, the car seeeeeemed …’prestine’. Got the car fax, clean title. Awesome!

Bought the car, and the moment of truth was soon to await me.

While I waited I decided to give the garage a good re-model, my car needed a place to sleep right??
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Delivery...
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Drove off with the car and immediately it told me it needed an oil change, okay, thats annoying, PPI man should have told me that. Took it to the Gas station to fill her up and the next thing I saw…drove my blood to a boiling degree. The paint….was destroyed.
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Regardless of the disaster of paint condition, I took her home and told her that her new family would take much better care of her.
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Better pictures of the awful paint. Its insane
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I also discovered after inspecting the vehicle myself, the whole front clip of the car had been repainted. The hood, front bumper, fenders, and doors. IDK what happened, but the paintwork was done very well, and the car drives great. No sign of wheel bearing damage or anything like that. I'm just going to assume the car was damaged in transit by porsche themselves. But needless to say I was sad that I bought a PPI and did everything I was 'supposed' to do and the car...was still...nothing like I was told.

Being absolutely pissed, I got a quote for paint correction the next morning and called the dealership. My mother always taught me you get more with honey than vinegar, so I kept my cool and was professional. But i requested that the dealership pay for the damaged paint repair because the car was advertised as “like new”. The dealership was very accommodating and Offered to pay for a substantial portion of the repair. They paid for the repair that same day. I was very impressed with their professionalism.

I made the appointment with The Specialists - Las Vegas Automotive Detail Studio and they did absolutely amazing work. Also really cool guys that work on porsches and other exotic cars on a daily basis. They gave me a good price and really took care of me as a customer, I highly recommend them for anything you need.

And here are the results, absolutely stunning…. Oh, and I forgot to mention, she’s a manual 6 speed. Ahhh yeahhhhh
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And lastly, Doing what she does best. Eating gas and looking good in the sunlight.

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Some future advice, as I am also a very young Porsche owner.

I was originally going to put a sizable down payment to make the monthly payments manageable. There's very little incentive to do so, as the interest you are saving is very negligible. There are downsides to making a large down payment.

Let's say your car gets stolen or you get into a total loss accident. The insurance company will write you a cheque for the value of the car, but you will lose your down payment. You're better off building your money in a high interest savings account and have your monthly payments deducted from that account. Then every month, set a timer to top up the difference to that account to make your car payments.

If you have for example, a $1000/month payment and you had $15,000 lump sum set aside. Let's assume the $15,000 converts to roughly a $350/month reduction on your payment. You can transfer the $650 to your account where the deductions are being made. This is the same as making the down payment to lower your monthly payment, but with zero risk.

You'll end up paying an extra $800 of interest by doing so, but it's a better option. It also gives you a lot of flexibility. Right now you have a set monthly expense. If you have spikes of unexpected expenses that month, you could be screwed.

However, by having $15,000 in my example set aside in a separate count; you can account for ups and downs in your expenses. You can be over budget one month, and be under budget another month. You can't do that if you have set expenses you need to pay.

You sound like a responsible individual, the down payment method is only good if you have no self control over your finances and also when the interest you save is worthwhile to do so. I know I went a tad off topic, but it's something I really looked into when I decided how to purchase this car to give flexibility and minimize financial risk.

Here is a simple article explaining the concepts if you want to take a read in the future:

Should I Put Any Money Down When I Lease? - CarsDirect
 

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Glad everything worked out fine, you should called the shop that did your PPI and get a refund or at least get half of your money back. Nothing beats inspecting the car yourself. They did a horrible job. My PPI's were excellent and were very detailed, told me about the few minor swirls that are typical of black cars and can easily be buff out.
 

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Jordan, congrats on your new toy. You will certainly enjoy her. I was actually out in Vegas this last weekend and spent part of my Saturday afternoon at your dream job. I had a blast driving the GT3 and the new Huracan. I can't remember my instructors name, but all of you were very helpful and welcoming. Keep up the great work at Dream Racing and enjoy your Cayman!

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Your car looks great with the new paint! I presume it's Jet Black Metallic?
I sure hope you enjoy the car. It sounds like you are already, despite the initial set back. But you handled it well, and can look forward to lots of miles of smiles...
 

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Congrats, your car looks awesome. Love those wheels. Enjoy.
 

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Love happy endings. Car looks great and I'm sure you'll be very happy with it. And I agree with the OP that said you should complain to the PPI outfit. Not that I expect you'll get any satisfaction, but they need to know, and I'm sure your fellow P-9rs would also like to know so we never use them.:cheers:
 

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I have to say, the detail shop did a very nice job with the paint.

Sounds like we should plan a Planet-9 meet up where Jordan works. :)

Congrats on the car.

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Thanks Everyone for the replies!

you know... I don't really know what color black the car is. Is it basalt black? Jet black metalic? I dono

Jordan, congrats on your new toy. You will certainly enjoy her. I was actually out in Vegas this last weekend and spent part of my Saturday afternoon at your dream job. I had a blast driving the GT3 and the new Huracan. I can't remember my instructors name, but all of you were very helpful and welcoming. Keep up the great work at Dream Racing and enjoy your Cayman!

Cheers,

Jason
Hey! I'm glad you came in, the GT3 has the fastest lap time of all our street cars and the huracan is a huge step up from the Gallardos. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself, you're gonna have to come back to try our race cars :drivingskid:



And regarding the downpayment, I knew of the options but I just felt a large downpayment was more comfortable for me than a monthly payment of over 1000 a month. Plus, assuming I don't have a complete write-off insurance claim, I'll have good equity in the car later on.

The paint isn't absolutely perfect yet (though the pictures don't show that) but its leagues better than it was before.

I used Nashville P & A (Porsche and Audi) for my PPI. Andrew did my PPI, reasonably nice guy, seemed legit but I don't think he gave me a proper PPI that many people seem to rave about. But no, I wouldn't use his services again.


And absolutely If a group of P-9ers wanted to come to Dream Racing, send me a PM and I'll see what kind of deals I can arrange. I've already had a few people PM me about their trips they have planned to vegas. I'd love to see you all on the race track.

Anyhoo, clear bra soon, window tint soon, then maybe other stuff later. But I'm really happy with the standard suspension and just about everything else. Maybe an exhaust later, and some cosmetic stuff maybe. Do miss the limited slip a little
 

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It sounds like you've had the opportunity to drive some great cars! I'm curious how you decided on purchasing a Cayman. I'm sure price played a part but even at this price range, there are plenty of other cars to choose from. (eg M3, C6/C7, etc).

And I have to say, you probably have the dream job of a lot of people on this forum! Then again, maybe not b/c as an instructor, your life is in other people's hands. lol How does one go about getting a great job like this and better yet how do you top this after graduating!!? I realize these questions are probably too personal but can you tell I'm jealous! :)

Kudos to you. Sounds like you have a great career/exciting life ahead of you. :dance:

Thanks!
-Moto
 
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It sounds like you've had the opportunity to drive some great cars! I'm curious how you decided on purchasing a Cayman. I'm sure price played a part but even at this price range, there are plenty of other cars to choose from. (eg M3, C6/C7, etc).

And I have to say, you probably have the dream job of a lot of people on this forum! Then again, maybe not b/c as an instructor, your life is in other people's hands. lol How does one go about getting a great job like this and better yet how do you top this after graduating!!? I realize these questions are probably too personal but can you tell I'm jealous! :)

Kudos to you. Sounds like you have a great career/exciting life ahead of you. :dance:

Thanks!
-Moto

no of course, I get this question at work a lot actually. They had auditions at my job before they opened the doors about 4 years ago, I went to the auditions. I wasn't the best driver at the auditions by any means, nor the most experienced. But half of being an instructor is being able to talk to people and explain racing theory in a simple way that people can understand. I was born with good communication skills, so where I lacked in driving ability, I made up for in communicative skills. They liked me, and brought me aboard.

4 years and over 40,000 laps later (about 5% of which are in the driver's seat) I'm just as fast as any of my co-workers that have years of racing experience and only a second behind my boss who is an ex-formula 1 driver. I've been lucky to have this opportunity and learn how to drive cars on someone else's wallet.

But believe it or not, there are racing schools allll over the place, and I'd say that many of them are pretty open. Stick your head out and go to an audition or interview and try and get a job for the weekends. Many of these schools run on a independent contractor type of hiring system. It's this way because many instructors do in fact race, so they often need to leave for weeks at a time or months at a time to go race, and then need to come back to a normal job after their season is done. Many racing schools or tracks have pretty flexible work dates because of this.

And you're right about that, people always tell me "wow you have such an awesome job" and my response is, "well, it really depends who's in the driver's seat" lol, so...there are good days and bad days

I plan to move into sales, that way hopefully I can OWN one of these beautiful cars, not just sit passenger and drive them every once in a while.

oh and yeah, I bought the cayman over the competition because of the engine layout, NA motor, and the look. It's the best package in my eyes. (although its bullshit that not every one of these cars doesn't come standard with an LSD)
 

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Very nice looking , That's almost the exact config I want (only things I want different are black interior and Boxter 19" rims)
 

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Glad to hear the dealership helped with the cost of the paint job - I'd be pretty pissed if I received my car in that condition too!
 

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Man I hate those hacks with an orbital buffer and ADD putting in swirls. Its just as bad as getting keyed. Good news is you can polish them out usually.

Paint corrected/ repaint looks really good in the pictures...maybe even better than factory.
 

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just to be clear.

Before I took delivery of the car, SOMEWHERE down the line, the whole front end of the car was painted (I didn't know about this until after i bought it)

When I got the car, the car ALSO had awful swirls and track marks all over it.

I only had the car compounded/polished/sealed to get the color how it is now.

I didn't need to buy any repainting, thank god.
 
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