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2012 GTS for sale with accident reported on carfax

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I have been looking all summer for a clean 997.2. Looked at quite a few and came close on a couple of occasions. Recently came a cross a 2012 GTS with low miles. The carfax shows clean title, but indicates the car was involved in an accident. The dealer (local dealer that specializes in buying high end vehicles wholesale and turning them) seems very forthcoming explaining that the car has had the drivers door repaired repainted as well as possibly a repaint on the front fender. Car looks very good and dealer has no problem with me taking the car in for an inspection.

btw car asking price is quite a bit lower than typical retail ~$20,000 conservatively. This could be a lot of car for the money, or a disaster..?

My question, should I run from this car, or give it some consideration taking into account if I ever sell it I will more than likely need to discount it for the carfax report?

appreciate any thoughts shared.


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Aside from the CarFax report, get a PPI done by a Porsche technician - dealer or reliable independent (not to be confused with the cousin of a friend who works on foreign cars).

The large discount may be due to problems with the car that are not related to the body work.


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  • 2 weeks later...

Update--results of the PPI:

Door and fender have been repainted.

One front tire is near new, (probably damaged in the accident and replaced?)

Engine trans, frame, suspension, top all good. Top needs adjustment, but covered under warranty as is a sticky cup holder.

Minor scratches here and there on car.

DME= Overrev---267 in range one—8 in range two----no codes stored. From searches anything over range 2 is a potential issue?

A/C condenser replaced wrong color.

Wheel socket missing, one key , seat bottoms missing. One under body stud missing.

Car shows very well.....btw if I got the car it would be for the long haul knowing that selling it would be tougher with the carfax accident.

So based on this new information any thoughts? How much discount for a car with this history?

Any thoughts opinions are welcomed and appreciated.

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As far as overrevs go on a 997, having 267 in range 1 and 8 in range 2 with nothing higher would not be much cause for concern. Those are pretty low numbers.

For $20K under book value the car seems to be a pretty decent deal. It would be nice to know more about the accident but if you have a reputable mechanic looking at it and everything is checking out fine, I wouldn't lose sleep over it as long as you're sure that everything was fixed. For spending this much money on a car, I wouldn't be opposed to having a second set of eyes look over the car as well.

If I was looking to buy your car the carfax accident wouldn't be a deal breaker as long as it's been priced in, the repairs have been proper and complete, and it's all documented. For me, the biggest thing I want to see is records and a clearly documented history of all work done on the vehicle. Without this I won't even consider the car no matter how clean it looks.

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