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GonzoP1 10-21-2002 08:38 PM

Porsche (996) depreciation
Any suggestions on how best to calculate depreciation on a prestine 2001 911 Coupe?

I suspect "standard" calculations may not be appropriate and my CPA has little experience in the matter.

I purchased the car new in March of 2001 and with all my options paid $75,444 before taxes. Currently it has 9500 miles on it.

ignacio 10-22-2002 01:06 AM

gonzo--calculation has nothing to do with it--its supply and demand. with low demand right now i'll bet you'll get $55-58k. options are worth nothing at trade in. sad but true :(

krichard 10-22-2002 01:26 AM

Dealer offered me 39k for my mint '99 with 28k miles. It is a July 99 build and still under warranty. The sticker was same as yours right at 75k.

bucket hat loren 10-22-2002 10:01 AM

Are you looking for depreciation to estimate a sales price or for other resons? If the former, as has been suggested, I would simply see what the comprable sales are. My guess for your car, having recently purchased a late 2000 build, highly optioned C2 cab with 20K miles (and over $85K sticker)for $61K, is mid/high $50s. :(

Palting 10-22-2002 11:37 AM

If you are checking resale values, there are a lot of on-line pricing guides. Purchase price - resale price = depreciation, right, accountant? Here'e a few sites to get you startd.

<a href="" target="_blank">NADA</a>

<a href="" target="_blank">Edmunds</a>

Hope this helps.

Sean 10-22-2002 12:51 PM

I have been told that, generally speaking, you can expect annual NEW auto depreciation of around 17.5%...for several years, after which time the depreciation curve will eventually level off.

Sadly, unless you have a rare or unusual model, Porsches depreciate at a level comparable to other cars.

Over time the car will "bottom out" with regard to depreciation, and may actually appreciate. But with regard to the 996/986 line, current supply far outstrips demand.

If you apply this 17.5% 'guesstimate' to your car, you would receive a price of $56,795.

Jim Michaels 10-22-2002 01:31 PM

Anybody seen any good '87-'89 911 coupes for $3,000? :)

Flying Finn 10-22-2002 03:59 PM

[quote]Originally posted by Jim Michaels:
<strong>Anybody seen any good '87-'89 911 coupes for $3,000? :) </strong><hr></blockquote>

I'll take couple of them! :D

Palting 10-22-2002 05:08 PM

[quote]Originally posted by Flying Finn:

I'll take couple of them! :D </strong><hr></blockquote>

Hey!! Count me in!!

T Hendricks 10-22-2002 06:14 PM

GonzoP1 -

I concur with the advice others have offered to derive market value (and, thereby, the depreciation) for your 996.

However, I was wondering if this is the information you were looking for since you mentioned that your CPA was not familiar with matters related to auto depreciation. If your question was more tax focused, I'd be happy to add some insight. Otherwise, you have been well advised.

GonzoP1 10-22-2002 06:44 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys. If I was selling the car I'd truly be depressed now.

Actually, as it's my company car (my business) I was looking for the appropriate depreciation for tax purposes/asset valuation.

My CPA is very experienced, just not with Porsches. While he can apply the "standard" depreciation model, I was looking for something particular to our Porsches.

Thanks for any additional feedback.

Craig W. 10-22-2002 07:36 PM


I'm presently shopping pretty hard for a '96-'98 993. I've found the Edmunds ( are reflecting actual sales prices the most acurately, but they are still lagging the current market by a few weeks. Since this has been a buyers market, that means that actual sales prices at this time are a bit lower than even Edmunds prices. While not directly related to the value of your 996, you might want to look there since their numbers are allegedly based on millions of actual sale prices.

John Murray 10-22-2002 08:10 PM

As per the Porsche pre-owned lease residuals a 2001 C2 coupe (with your low mile bonus) in 24 months from now, based on using it 12,000 miles per year, will be worth $44,650.

36 months from now is will be worth $40,250

In 48 months it will be worth $35,965

60 months $31,631

Hope this helps....

Art_Z 10-25-2002 12:29 PM

i was reading the April 2002 Excellence where under the reader sales reports a reader reports buying a 99 cab for $73,500 and that was listed a a good deal.

I am in the market for just such a car, and the amount of cars under $60k is amazing, most under 20k miles. $15k drop in approx 6 mos ... good for me (otherwise I could not afford one) bad for 996 owners ..

heck, i can get a 2000 for less than $65k. it is indeed a buyers market


SpectraG 10-25-2002 01:34 PM

If it's for tax purpose, wouldn't car belong in a capital cost allowance class so its a fixed percentage? anyway, its kinda off topic..

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