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Buying a Porsche Inspection

Braunton Engineering offer two Porsche inspections on site; the basic inspection or a major inspection. They do not offer a mobile Porsche inspection service.

Should I buy a Porsche without a Pre Purchase Inspection? The answer to that depends on if the individual is feeling lucky and would like to take a large risk. Braunton Engineering advocate both an inspection and an official HPI check to establish if there are any faults or issues with the car. Why bother with a PPI on a Porsche? Well, a Porsche specialist will be familiar with the vehicle in question and should be able to instantly see if any work is required and will give you and idea of the costs to put the car right, or to discover any future maintenance costs, to keep the car in top condition.

Basic Porsche inspection: This is a one to two hour inspection conducted with the vehicle raised on a ramp to view the underside - the suspension, engine and exhaust, chassis etc. A familiar eye can often spot any early signs of wear and tear or corrosion to parts, bodywork or chassis. It is easy to see if a vehicle has been well cared for or neglected. @£55 - £110 +vat.

Major Porsche inspection: This is an in-depth look at the vehicle including a check on engine health with cylinder leak-down check and a look at the state of the oil/oil filter to check for foreign particles. The major comes with a detailed report which examines the car for wear and tear, and any immediate and future work which may be required. The combination of model familiarity and the MOT testing discipline provide a comprehensive run down of the vehicle in question. £330+vat

Certain models have their weaknesses and the secret of knowing what exactly to look for during a pre purchase car inspection is key to a Porsche specialist to scrutinise a car prior to committing to buy, or indeed after purchase to discover any issues for the near future/next few years and the likely expense.

The pre-purchase inspections range from visual scrutiny; from one hour,to two hours with a test drive, title documents and service history scrutiny, mechanical and cosmetic scrutiny, through to the major inspection with cylinder leak-down test and cylinder compression testing.

For individual model's weaknesses, expense areas, and what to look out for, please see the sections devoted to each model.

Buying a Porsche:

The first step is to talk to the owner with a list of pertinent questions, then if you are happy to proceed further, take out an HPI data check of the vehicle in question.

The HPI check is available online for £19.99. Do not be tempted to use another cheaper check as these do not provide all of the essential information to ensure you are buying a straight, finance free vehicle.

The HPI check - All one needs is the registration number initially and the check will inform you of: 

1. Number plate changes.

2. Stolen vehicle.

3. Written off / recorded for damage with DVLA.

4. Outstanding finance.

5. Vehicle identity.

6. V5 document check - document details required.

7. Mileage discrepancy.

8. VIN chassis plate check