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Why I Bought A Porsche

By   July 10, 2015

My Depreciated Porsche Vlog

My Depreciated Porsche Vlog

A few days ago we shared with you the launch of our new Video Blog (Vlog) called My Depreciated Porsche. Today the third episode went live and so far I have been rambling about 911 engines in a cheap Boxster and if you would purchase a new Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ or a 986 Boxster.

This time I talk about why I wanted to get a Porsche and about my $220 924. As is the usual case, I am rambling while driving to the office about this (it may be more of a podcast that happens to be filmed).

Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to see the video of me talking about why I bought a Porsche and the story of the $220 car that was my first wearing the badge.

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Porsche Classic Radio With Navigation In Use

By   February 27, 2015

Porsche 964 with Classic Navigation Radio

Porsche Classic Navigation Radio

The other day we told you that Porsche Classic has a new radio for sale. This radio takes your vintage rear, front or mid-engined car and brings it into the modern era. It adds a navigation system, iPone / smart phone / MP3 player input and Bluetooth phone hookup.

While we haven’t gotten our hands to review the new radio yet, from this video it looks very good. The footage shows the new system at work as it is fitted to a very nice Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

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Adding Navigation And Bluetooth To A Classic Porsche

By   February 24, 2015

Porsche 911 Interior

Porsche 911 Interior

Modern cars tend to have things like navigation systems and smart phone hookups. But some of us drive classic Porsches and while we would like these feature, we would never drive anything else.

For drivers of older Porsches the German performance car maker has a new radio that adds all the modern features you want. This new device adds satellite navigation, a 3.5 inch touch screen, smartphone / MP3 player hookups and Bluetooth mobile phone connection.

The new radio can be fitted to any Porsche (rear, front and mid-engined) from the mid ’60s through to the 993 generation 911. The device is now available in Germany and is undergoing final testing in the United States. Pricing for the U.S. will be available once this testing is complete.

Insurance Cost Of An Affordable Porsche

By   February 21, 2015

Affordable Porsche Boxster

Insurance Cost for an Affordable Porsche like this Boxster

There are quite a few Porsches that belong in the affordable or even cheap category. When looking at buying one you should also consider maintenance costs as well as the cost to insure a premium automobile.

The amount of money that it costs to insure one of these German performance cars will vary based on a number of factors. Among these are your age, driving record and the city you live in.

Insurance Premiums and Your Age

Your age can be a huge factor in the cost of your premiums. If you are under 25 years old expect for any car to cost a good amount of money and for a Porsche to cost even more. Having said that, the age and value of the car are also factors, so if you only get collision coverage on a $3,000 Porsche 944, then your premiums will likely be lower than say a $10,000 Honda Civic.

Premiums and Your Driving Record

Another big factor in the cost of insurance is your driving record. If you are over 25 and have managed to keep from getting in an accident where you are at fault and have no moving violations (or you did traffic school and only had a small amount of moving violations), then your rates will be much lower than someone with a lot of speeding tickets and an accident or two on their record.

This gives us all another reason to pay full attention while driving and to try to keep the car at legal speeds. After all, driving faster is what track days are for. And if you buy a Porsche, you should join a club to make sure you can stretch its legs in a safer environment.

Insurance and Your City

It may surprise some but the city that you choose to live in can affect you insurance rates by quite a bit. I personally learned this when I moved from a retirement community on the California coast to a larger city. After the move my insurance premium went up about $150 for every 6 months.

This increase was due to the higher vehicle theft rates and the fact that there is more traffic in the city. So, if you are contemplating moving between two locations and one has less vehicle theft and traffic that is the one to move to for lower car insurance rates.

The Cost To Insure and Affordable Porsche

Taking all this into account let’s you purchase a $10,000 Porsche Boxster (986), and insure it with a company like Geico or esurance and have full coverage. If you are 30 years old, have a clean driving record and live in a decent sized city expect to pay about $450 for every 6 months.

If you decide to go with a higher end insurance company such as State Farm or Nationwide expect to pay a few hundred dollars more. Although when you do happen to get into an accident they are often much easier to work with.

Conclusion

As you can see an affordable Porsche won’t necessarily cost too much to insure. Having said this there are many factors that decide your premium, so contacting your insurance to get a quote for your policy is always a good idea before you purchase any car.