Why I Regret Buying a Porsche


About a year ago, I bought a Porsche.

I probably should have listened to my father-in-law, who has raced Porsches and owned roughly eleven 911s. This guy has experience and told me that I’d probably regret the purchase.

“Getting an older 911 is risky,” he said. “They are expensive to maintain and repair, and there will always be something that needs to be fixed. Don’t do it. Get a Miata or something instead.”

Well, me being the defiant, brand-driven, performance type didn’t care much for that advice. So I went out and bought a 2002 Porsche 996 911 Targa. Those low-slung Porsche looks, that Stuttgart logo, and the trademark purr of a Porsche engine were all it took to convince me to sign up for more than just a couple years of Porsche payments.

I should have listened to my father-in-law.

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Time for a Reminder: How to Safely Sell Your Car

199 Toyota Tercel

When I was in my early 20s, I sold a car in my living room.

The car was a 1994 Toyota Tercel, which back then, wasn’t any more than 5 or 6 years old. I loved that little car and its manual transmission. I couldn’t take the lack of air conditioning and sticky vinyl seats. With an ad in the local want ads, I had a buyer come look and make me an offer after the test drive.

I think back on that day and am shocked at how lazy I was in protecting myself, and the car. Then again, times are different today, so it’s a good idea to learn from mistakes of the past.

I’ll quickly tell the story, you see if you can point out all that I did wrong.

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