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To buy or not to buy?

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I have the opportunity to purchase a 1988 Carrera with a body in very good condition. The car was last licensed in 2003 and has been left outside in a covered shed since then. The owner of course suggests that the car ran well up until he abandoned it and lost the keys so I am unable to examine the boot, interior and particularly the engine compartment. Through the window the dash, seats and trim appear quite good. The car amazingly has no obvious rust but my examination is limited. He had a locksmith try to open the door unsuccessfully and has suggested that we break a window. My suggestion was to go to a Porsche dealer with the VIN and get a new key if possible.

My major concern is outdoor abandonment for over 10 years in the Toronto environment. I have completely restored 4 cars in the past and am willing to refurbish this one if it can be done without a major restoration. I also have no idea what to offer him knowing the unknowns and probable costly surprises of the purchase. This may be a situation that many members would love to be in but I'm not wanting to undertake a large time commitment at this time. Help.

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It all Boils down to price ( is it so cheap you can't say no?) and your commitment (are you willing to do a project?)


If it is super cheap you can always flip it. Parts are valuable 

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