MAR­KET PLACE

Elec­tric cars and Brexit are com­ing, but the founder of Le­ices­ter­shire Porsche spe­cial­ist AUV, Andy Fen­wick, tells us his main fo­cus will al­ways be Porsche and petrol and that early 991s are cur­rently of­fer­ing great value for money

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Tried & tested, plus dealer and auc­tion talk

How long have you been in the Porsche busi­ness? I’ve been sell­ing Porsches for the last 15 years in to­tal, and I’m proud to say that Ap­proved Used Ve­hi­cles, “AUV”, is just about to have its 10th birth­day in April 2018.

What Porsches do you spe­cialise in?

We sell all vari­ants within the Porsche brand, how­ever our strong­est model is the 911 and we tend to keep stock within six years old and up to 40,000 miles. But we will look at any 911 on its own mer­its.

What’s your cheap­est, and most ex­pen­sive Porsche presently in stock?

The cheap­est is a 2012 Panamera Diesel with 48,000 miles for £32,950, and the most ex­pen­sive is a 991-se­ries 911 Turbo Cabri­o­let with 3000 miles for £144,950. At the mo­ment our low­est priced 911 is a gen 2 997 Car­rera S priced at £44,950.

What would you rec­om­mend as the best “first Porsche” to buy?

De­pend­ing on bud­get of course, I would al­ways en­cour­age a first time Porsche 911 buyer to go for a gen 2 997. Al­though that model will be 10 years old soon, it still en­joys a mod­ern feel and with the PDK gear­box etc, they are su­per re­li­able.

Where do you get your stock from?

We’re lucky enough to have a very loyal cus­tomer base, so on a lot of cars we have in stock we’ll agree to buy them back from cus­tomers – and then hope­fully sup­ply their next one! We also have a ded­i­cated Porsche buy­ing web­site, porsche911buyer.com

What war­ranty do you give, or sell?

We in­clude a free six­month/6000-mile war­ranty with all our re­tail cars. How­ever, I be­lieve preven­tion is the best form of war­ranty, and there­fore we pre­pare all our cars to a very good stan­dard. We buy all our stock, so my team are very aware of what I ex­pect from a car, and I don’t be­lieve you get that de­tail from deal­ers who fo­cus on sell­ing cars on be­half of the own­ers, “sale or re­turn”.

What’s ‘hot’ at the­mo­ment?

Early 991s If they have sen­si­ble miles, history and spec – then they tend to find new homes quite quickly. We’ve also sold a few 996 and 997 Tur­bos, but they have to be right, with good miles and con­di­tion, and man­ual is nice, too!

What’s best value at the mo­ment?

Best value at the mo­ment for me has to be an early 991 911 Car­rera S with PDK. At the mo­ment you’ll pick up a nice car with a low mileage and de­cent spec for £60,000 to £65,000 and I be­lieve that’s good value for your money. In my opin­ion, cur­rent sold val­ues of gen 2 997s will help keep prices 991s steady for the fore­see­able. Name a car that you re­cently sold, that you would hap­pily have kept for your­self We have just sold a su­perb 991 Turbo S Cabri­o­let to one of our most reg­u­lar clients, and let’s just say, I’m look­ing for­ward to that car com­ing back into stock. When he’s ready, of course!

What car do you drive ev­ery­day?

More of­ten than not, I’m in a Porsche 911 of some vari­ant. I drive ev­ery car that we pur­chase to make sure that ev­ery­thing is to my lik­ing and to a good stan­dard.

What are your plans for the fu­ture?

I think ev­ery­one is wait­ing to see what changes hap­pen in mo­tor­ing in the next few years. But the two most sig­nif­i­cant top­ics for me per­son­ally are Brexit and elec­tric cars. Al­though I can’t see elec­tric ef­fec­tively rolling out into day to day mo­tor­ing for some time, Brexit is on our doorstep and I’m pos­i­tive about that. So the fu­ture for AUV is sim­ple, we re­main Porsche and petrol, at least for the time be­ing any­way!

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