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Old 05-21-2018, 11:22 PM
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I am excited to have closed on my GTS, to be seen via Euro Delivery on Wednesday(!). (Car thread forthcoming... after Wednesday. Process thread here https://rennlist.com/forums/european...ay-2018-a.html).

I was offered the standard complement of dealer extras at closing today: Pre-Paid Service, Wheel/Tire Warranty, Paintless Dent Removal, Key Replacement. I never purchase any of these, and I deferred them again today.

Iíve got to admit with the center-locks I was tempted by the Wheel/Tire Warranty. But the few times Iíve curbed a wheel in 25 years itís been an easy, inexpensive repair by a wheel shop of my choosing, and I fear that the dealer would use a lot lizard service.

Rennlit is an educated, careful, enthusiast audience. Not your regular Porsche dealer crowd, and a more attuned set of 911 buyers. Did you guys purchase the add-ons? If so, which? Or did you pass?
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Old 05-21-2018, 11:58 PM
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Passed in wheel/tire warranty. For the cost Iíd just self fund any damage (has been very rare in all my years of driving). I have a C4 GTS. Will do pre-paid maintenance as itís a sizeable savings as the 4th year bill is a doozy. (While I can change my own oil, have no interest in doing it myself as my time is more valuable to me and certainly no interest in doing my own plugs and brake flushes). But that can still be purchased up until your first yearly service so Iím deferring until then.

I did pickup the windshield warranty as itís pretty much 100% probability of needing a new one every year up here. So a discount there combined with free rock chip repairs made sense for us.

Thatís all I did.



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Old 05-22-2018, 07:02 AM
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I passed on everything. Dealer installed clear turn signals in the show room and I arranged for a full PPF myself from a local guy for the week after I picked it up.

BTW if I had agreed to every add-on that they had offered...it would have added over $20k to the price lol.
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I get the tire insurance primarily due to convenience. The tire shops don't carry anything in the size I need, so if I blow a tire, I'm out of a car for about a week. The dealer sells tires for the same as Tire Rack, but they stock them and will give me a loaner car usually. The problem is there's no road hazard when you buy from the dealer, I picked up a nail a week after I got new ones and had to pay again.
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A lot depends on where you are and what they are asking. In my case, I am in the New York City area where potholes are common. Another factor is that this is my only car and it is driven year-round.

I was inclined to reject the tire insurance but went for it when I was offered 5 years coverage of tires, wheels, key loss and paintless dent removal for $2500 I took it.

I've had flats and wheel/tire damage on my previous Porsches and the numbers for the coverage seemed reasonable given the risks. Of course, if you live in some sunny clime where the roads are perfectly maintained, the calculus would be very different. As it would be if the pricing were less favorable -- which, in my experience, it might be.
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Wheel and tire can be worth it depending on your driving area. And the cost of course. For my Lexus, it was $700 for 3 year lease. I got it and it paid for itself twice over.

But you need to do the math.

Everything else...,pass
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I also passed on everything.
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Passed on everything, on every car I've ever owned.
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Thanks for the feedback, Rennlisters. Your general approach to these high-profit dealer add-ons supports my long-term and continued decision to not purchase them, especially since I will be DD'ing in smooth-road Florida. I'm planning on placing clear turn signals in Zuffenhausen and adding independent PPF after the car arrives in the US.

PS - I am amazed that Hurricane's dealer offered $20K in add-ons. They better have a good espresso machine in that showroom!
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Originally Posted by deichenb View Post
Thanks for the feedback, Rennlisters. Your general approach to these high-profit dealer add-ons supports my long-term and continued decision to not purchase them, especially since I will be DD'ing in smooth-road Florida. I'm planning on placing clear turn signals in Zuffenhausen and adding independent PPF after the car arrives in the US.

PS - I am amazed that Hurricane's dealer offered $20K in add-ons. They better have a good espresso machine in that showroom!
It was a long checklist of items - anything and everything you could imagine. I opted for none, of course!
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I normally always pass on everything, but in the last few years the scourge of potholes in the North East has grown exponentially and they do not mix well with low profile tires and nice rims.

I just replaced my daily driver BMW and said yes to the tire, rim and dent insurance. Three weeks later and the car is currently sitting in the dealer getting two brand new rims and two brand new tires. I don't know what that would have cost me, but more than likely above the cost of the insurance.
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Nod head.
Smile.
Shake head.
Say 'no thank you, I'll pass'.
Repeat.
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I usually opt for the wheel/tire insurance here in NJ
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Originally Posted by LexVan View Post
Nod head.
Smile.
Shake head.
Say 'no thank you, I'll pass'.
Repeat.
^this

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My car: nothing
Wife's car: wheel insurance
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