Model 996 Turbo Year 2003 Acquired April 2014
Don’t let them fool you, because I did. Don’t believe everything you read on Porsche member forums and groups across social media, because I did. Don’t assume that fixing every area of concern would ensure a raft of buyers, because I did.
Now, three weeks after posting the Turbo for sale, at the time of writing my car is the second-cheapest 996 Turbo on Auto Trader at £31,850, and I have had not one enquiry since last month’s only offer of £25,000 cash. Not a blinking one!
I’ve heard stories that the used car market – especially in the Porsche world – has collapsed, but a manual, black-on-black 996 Turbo with carbon pack for just over 30k? How is this not the bargain of the century? Why can’t buyers appreciate a Turbo will appreciate? It’s something as owners we certainly tell each other, and something we all – myself included – believed wholeheartedly… until around four weeks ago when I wanted to sell it.
Perhaps it is the impending Brexit fiasco that leaves buyers uncertain of where to put their cash; perhaps it is the time of year; perhaps it is my car’s mileage of 97,000, or the upgraded suspension? Perhaps it is too cheap? Is that even a thing? Something must be amiss, right? Well, it seems to me that the Turbos listed just aren’t selling. The same ones appear weekly, perhaps with a new image or two and a revised description, but these are the same cars.
Truth be told I’m a little fed up. My plans of a new 911 seem to be fading and, at some point, and now having spent over £130 just trying to list the car to no avail, I am getting very close to pulling the plug. Do I mothball the car and just sit back and wait? With a recent engagement, wedding and new home on the cards I am not sure that’s sensible or feasible. Not to mention I actually require a car to drive most days.
So unless that phone rings it looks like the Turbo and I are not going anywhere at all, not at least until the spring picks up and people are, I’m told, actually ‘looking’.
They tell me it will shift in days when the sun’s out and the warm air wafts back and to just enjoy the car until then. I do hope they are right, but only time will tell I guess…