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Old 05-22-2018, 11:49 PM
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Default Reasonable Mileage for Used 991

I'm looking to upgrade from my current 2003 996 and with my budget, it looks like a 2012-2015 Carrera S would be a good fit. A lot of the cars I've looked at in this year range have 20,000 to 35,000 miles on them, which seems reasonable for their age. A few good very nice looking ones have 50,000 miles or a bit more. Is there any significant risk in going with a mileage on the higher end of the range? I'd prefer to buy CPO from a Porsche dealer, but many of their higher mileage cars are not offered as CPO, although I'm told that a Porsche dealer will usually certify them for a few thousand dollars over the listed price. Any advice will be appreciated!
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Old 05-23-2018, 12:35 AM
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991's have been very reliable with no catastrophic problems as with M96/7 engines. I'm closing in on 50K on mine and it's never had a mechanical problem in its entire life except a bad window switch. How many miles a car you buy has on it is entirely a matter of personal preference. There's nothing "wrong" with a 2014 991 with 50K miles. All it means is that it's been driven, you know, 50K miles. Just don't pay 20K mile money for it and you'll be fine.
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Old 05-23-2018, 12:51 AM
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Well maintained car is always more important than mileage IMO - as long as you don't mind extra rock pecks etc.
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I have... 82k or so on mine? Rock solid. Thereís a big price difference between say a 15k car and a 30k and I feel like to the car thatís like nothing.
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:15 AM
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These cars seem to be driven on average 5k miles a year. Maybe less for cabs in the north.
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2013 991.1 here - closing in 55000, "knock on wood" - not a problem
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Originally Posted by AnandN
These cars seem to be driven on average 5k miles a year. Maybe less for cabs in the north.
Cab in the North. I get in about 12,500 per driving season. Will have over 54,000 miles by the time I get home tomorrow.
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Old 05-23-2018, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by LexVan View Post
Cab in the North. I get in about 12,500 per driving season. Will have over 54,000 miles by the time I get home tomorrow.
Good for you.
I see so many very low mileage 991s in the Boston/NH area. The cars seem to come out from hibernation in late spring.
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Old 05-23-2018, 09:34 AM
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My former 991 had 34k on it and my current one has 20xxx.

not much difference really. Although, for me, mentally I would like to have one at or under 30k.

Also better for resale and less chance of having to replace expensive items like electronic suspension components.

but honestly whatever makes you feel comfortable.

to me itís kind of like how some people feel more comfortable paying cash for a car while others are ok with financing even if they could afford to pay with cash. Sometimes itís what makes you feel comfortable thatís most important.

i would trust a 991 with 50k, these cars are very well built.
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Old 05-23-2018, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by kennypowers View Post
Also better for resale
​​​​​​I would think worse for resale because depreciation curve is steeper the lower the mileage, i.e. you're going to lose more money owning a 991 from 20k to 50k than one you own from 50k to 80k. But this is probably overthinking it.
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Originally Posted by AnandN View Post
These cars seem to be driven on average 5k miles a year. Maybe less for cabs in the north.
I put about 18-20,000 on mine last year . Couldnt imagine only 5/year. Barely get the moisture out of the exhaust at that!
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Originally Posted by 911boy View Post
I put about 18-20,000 on mine last year . Couldnt imagine only 5/year. Barely get the moisture out of the exhaust at that!
I think that is great that you are able to drive your 911 so much. For most folks, it seems like a second or third car. Also folks who buy used 911s seem to want low mileage ones not that it should matter if one plans to keep the car or even otherwise. As I said, most used 911s on dealer lots that I have seen have low miles. When I bought my Boxster in 2013, the dealer had a pristine 10-year old 911 in the showroom with one thousand miles. Very strange.
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Old 05-23-2018, 02:06 PM
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Dealers of all brands generally only keep the low mileage cars on their lots, the rest go to auction. I also drive an SQ5...put about 20,000 on it last year too! It hasn't moved for about 4 weeks. This is my first 911 so I am driving it almost everywhere every day
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Old 05-23-2018, 02:07 PM
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Within standard annual lease mileage limits is reasonable. As many have stated, it's common to find used 911s with odometer readings substantially lower than standard lease mileage limits.

IMO, the geographic "home" of the car is more important than mileage. For example, I would much prefer to buy a Southern California, Arizona, Nevada car than one that has been owned and driven in areas that get snow (and resulting salt from the roads). That's my preference. No disrespect to midwesterners and easterners. I'm from Western NY state, so I know about snow and salt.
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Old 05-23-2018, 02:37 PM
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IME 5-9K miles per year is a range you can use for "normal" miles before you'd expect to pay less/get less for a 911 due to mileage, all other things being equal.
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