Sales de­bate

Does mod­i­fy­ing a 911 pos­i­tively or neg­a­tively af­fect its re­sale value?

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Choos­ing the right 911 is a highly per­son­alised ex­pe­ri­ence as it is, with over 35 vari­ants in one gen­er­a­tion, plus the ar­ray of op­tions avail­able. This means that no two 911s are ever re­ally the same. How­ever, some like to take this per­son­al­i­sa­tion to the next level – be it power gains or chas­sis tweaks, to even up­grad­ing tech­nol­ogy like a head­unit. Some only make mod­i­fi­ca­tions which are re­versible so the car can be put back to stan­dard at any time, but there are some mod­i­fi­ca­tions where such a task is sim­ply im­pos­si­ble. So does this put the 911 in ques­tion at a dis­ad­van­tage when the time comes to sell up?

We sought de­fin­i­tive an­swers from two in­dus­try spe­cial­ists to set­tle the de­bate once and for all. Matt Kenyon of Makel­los Clas­sics says mod­i­fied cars are usu­ally more dif­fi­cult to sell. “By na­ture of the fact they’re non-stan­dard, a mod­i­fied car ap­peals to a smaller pool of peo­ple, and for that rea­son it can take a while longer to sell than a fac­tory car. With an un­mod­i­fied car in fac­tory spec­i­fi­ca­tion the buyer knows what to ex­pect from it in terms of per­for­mance, re­li­a­bil­ity, han­dling and so forth.”

They may take longer to sell, but do mod­i­fi­ca­tions af­fect the value? “You’d have to take that on a case-by­case ba­sis, de­pend­ing on how ex­treme the mod­i­fi­ca­tion is, and how well it’s been done,” comes Matt’s re­ply.

It’s a view that’s broadly echoed from fel­low spe­cial­ists 2911. “Some mod­i­fi­ca­tions like IMS bear­ing up­grades on 996s are seen as very pos­i­tive. We’re also see­ing more own­ers up­grade the chas­sis on their clas­sic Porsche, as newer tech­nol­ogy helps im­prove the ride of the car. Cru­cially though, this doesn’t re­ally change the over­all look. This is be­cause peo­ple, in the UK at least, like to have as close to the orig­i­nal fac­tory spec­i­fi­ca­tion as pos­si­ble,” says pro­pri­etor Karl Meyer.

So, it seems the de­bate is too dif­fi­cult to set­tle with a broad­church ap­proach, and needs to be prop­erly as­sessed on a case-by-case ba­sis. Both spe­cial­ists wel­come calls should you wish to seek ad­vice on any mod­i­fi­ca­tions and how it could af­fect the re­sale value of your car. When mak­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions, con­sider that it won’t be to ev­ery­one’s taste, but that shouldn’t stop your en­joy­ment – un­der one’s own own­er­ship, the opin­ion of the car that mat­ters most is, of course, yours.

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