How Long Should I Keep My Car?
When deciding whether how long to keep a car and when to part ways there are some specific items to keep in mind. Your car needs to meet certain criteria when it comes to deciding the length of ownership.
Cost of maintenance
In addition to your actual car payments, vehicle ownership comes with many other expenses, the least of which is regular Porsche maintenance. Your vehicle may, over time, become more expensive to maintain than what it is worth. At some point you may need to decide to invest money you are putting into maintenance towards a new car instead. It is helpful to work with experienced mechanics and craftsmen to determine a maintenance schedule and budget funds accordingly in advance. Unexpected maintenance can be financially debilitating otherwise.
A vehicle is simply useless if it is not reliable. There is nothing worse than being stranded on the side of the road in a snowstorm or 115 degree heat with a screaming toddler in the back seat. Your vehicle should always get you where you need to go without any unnecessary mechanical issues or unexpected waits for a tow truck.
When you purchase a vehicle, you may have hopes of reselling it to recoup some of your initial investment. If you hold on to a vehicle for too long, it may have too many miles and too much wear to retain any resale value. If you own the right vehicle and put the right amount of care into it, you can help retain that value.
Quality of care
When deciding how long to keep your car, you need to consider how it was treated before you purchased it. If someone drove your car 100,000 miles in a year prior to your ownership, you may need to part ways sooner than later. If your car has suffered any major damage such as flooding, you should have it closely inspected as that could continue to affect your car over time. Damage, level of care and commitment to maintenance will all factor into the lifespan of a vehicle.
Why Keeping Your Porsche Just Makes Sense
Porsches simply check all the boxes when it comes to the items above. The most challenging perhaps is the cost of maintenance for your Porsche. Porsches are high performing well engineered machines and as such need high quality care and frequent maintenance to run at optimum levels. If you have invested the money to purchase a Porsche, it is worth your while to continue to invest in its care. This way you can extend the life of the vehicle and maximize its performance.
Porsche has established guidelines for vehicle maintenance but it is helpful to work with a Porsche specialist who will get to know you and your vehicle for more customized recommendations. Your Porsche maintenance schedule should reflect your personal driving style. If your twenty year old Porsche is your daily driver and you face battle a long commute every day, your vehicle will need more frequent and specific maintenance than if you use your Porsche on the weekend for your fun, adventure car. Mileage and time are only two pieces of the puzzle that will determine when and how much maintenance your car will need.
While high level racecars are not normally known as family cars, Porsche has managed to meld the best of both worlds with vehicles that are, on the whole, incredibly reliable when well cared for. While many Porsches retain their long lasting life because of the dedication of their owners, they are worth the effort. The oldest Porsche in existence is the subject of a documentary called “Porsche, Ferrari, Bizzarrini and other fundamental steps in life” and is a sweet story of how Luciano Rupolo came to find the Porsche 004, one of the first Porsche’s ever built. While it may be hard to believe, Porsche’s are not just for collectors. The lifespan of a Porsche can be over 200,000 miles when used and cared for properly.
You should enjoy what you drive. It simply makes sense to invest in a car you love, maintain a car you love and then keep a car you love. Porsches make being on the road enjoyable and you should spend your hard earned dollars and finite time enjoying yourself.
Make Your Porsche Last With Regular Service
There is simply no substitute for regular service and maintenance. Think of your Porsche as a valuable investment. Maintenance can make the difference between a reliable, long term vehicle and an unreliable vehicle you can’t wait to get rid of. If you are a Porsche owner and want to maximize your vehicle’s lifespan and performance, contact TurboKraft. We will get to know you and your car to make sure it is on the road and performing as a Porsche should for many miles to come.