A Magical Way to Afford Your Dream Car?

2008 Porsche 911 Targa 4S

Today I’m test-driving a Porsche.

I have two dream cars, one of which is an Aston Martin, the other is a Porsche. Not just any Porsche, but a very specific Porsche. I don’t want a Boxster. Never will I touch a 914. I could live with a Cayman S Black Edition. The car I really want, though, is a 911 Targa 4S.

My local dealer knows this, and I received an email containing a picture of a 2008 Targa 4S, along with an invite to come drive it. The problem, of course, is that there’s little chance I’ll be able to afford the ’08. An ’02 is not out of the question, but I don’t believe there was a Targa that year.

I mention this Porsche drive only because yesterday I happened to stumble across an article titled “Three Sensible Ways to Afford Your Dream Car.”

I thought maybe it was a sign. I thought maybe there was a revelation inside that would allow me to drive home in a new-to-me 911. I had high hopes.

Then I read the article. The first suggestion:

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