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geoff lane Francis asked for general opinions having stated a few questions he was particularly interested in understanding.I am sure he will sift through the thread and take on board the views of GT4 owners and make up his own mind based on the criteria he has set himself.This was clearly a knowledge gathering exercise and hopefully we have all contributed in a positive fashion.I am sure we have not put him off buying what is probably the best sports car of its type available today.
Steve BrookesDavid, try reading the original post from Francis and then you will see why people get annoyed with you banging on about the re-sale aspect of his potential purchase. He states what he wants to use it for and asks for peoples knowledge and experience of their cars to help him with this because there is little or no opportunity for him to try cars (with different options) for himself. Everyone has replied about their experiences and the spec of their cars with this in mind. Of course, no one wants to lose a shed load of money on the car they buy but many of us don't worry about that at the point of purchase because we're buying them to own for 3, 4 or even more years. It's not possible to predict what might happen over that period (especially in these uncertain times) so there's no point in worrying about it. That's why most people won't have owned 20 cars yet let alone 73 cars (we just don't turn them over as much as you do). Furthermore, your 'right spec' re-sale arguments centre around private selling to avoid big losses and the car not hanging around for X months when trying to sell. It may come as a surprise to you that most people will not consider buying or selling a £70K Porsche privately because it's stressful (to trust someone you don't know) and not practical (you cannot make an instant transfer of £70K with most personnel bank accounts). Therefore, most of us accept that as we drive our used GT4 out of the OPC showroom that we have already lost 10% of its value because that was how much it had been marked up by. Many of us are also of a certain age that remember normal depreciation associated with car buying and appreciate that a loss of say 20% of our capital over 3 years would actually be a very good result, especially when we had a fantastic car to enjoy in that time!
ChrisWI agree Steve ... for me there's also something else about buying a secondhand car.I enjoy buying from the person ... which is why I am partial to private sales.I like to now from the current owner what their experience has been and that gets me one step closer to when the car was new.My feeling with dealers is that most will tell you what you want to hear ... it can be easier to translate what a private owner is telling you ... enthusiast to enthusiast.:)
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