I am considering buying a 1999 996 c2 euro spec. It has 60k on it and is registered till 9/12 so smog was done in california. Seller is 3rd owner. I want to get a ppi from a indepandant dealer but seller only wants it done by a porsche dealer. Is a porsche dealer multipoint inspection similar to a pre purchase inspection? Can i rely on it when puchasing a used porsche. Seller had one done about a year ago and everything checks out. I was going to repeat it before i buy it. Can i trust to tell me if there is something major going on like case porosity?
Country: United StatesMake: PorscheModel: 996 c2Year: 1999
Hello, thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is XXXXXXX XXX I will advise you concerning the PPI on your potential Porsche.First, THANK YOU for insisting on an inspection. Too many people get so excited about buying the car that they just cross their fingers and hand over a wad of cash.A dealer multipoint inspection is similar (and possibly more in depth) to a standard pre purchase inspection. I don't see any reason to not trust the dealer to be honest about what they find (unless, of course, the seller is buddies with someone there). If you go this route, I would specifically ask them to check for case porosity as that is a problem with the 996, but may not be included in a standard inspection.With that said, it is not the choice of the seller where you do the inspection. If you want to have that toothless guy at your local Pep Boys check out the Porsche, that should be your prerogative. I am clearly exaggerating, but if you have a qualified independent shop in mind, I can see no reason the seller would have a problem taking it there.Were I buying the car, the seller's reluctance to offer the choice of inspection location would be a red flag. If it is important to you, you'll need to be willing to walk away from the purchase if he will not allow you the freedom to select the shop. If you are not willing to walk away, then just take it to the dealer. In either event, I would request to be present for the inspection and watch the technician work.You may be able to strike a compromise by taking it to the dealer AND an independent shop. This would benefit you in the end by having two opinions and may calm the seller's fears that someone other than the stealership has an opportunity to opine on his precious 911.I hope my answer was helpful. Let me know if you have any additional questions. No matter which car you settle on, I hope you enjoy it!Best Regards,Stephen