Car shopping is no easy task right now. However, if you’re fortunate enough to be shopping for an “entry-level dream car,” so to speak, you couldn’t have picked a worse time. Values of higher-end vehicles like Porsche are through the roof. However, if you look hard enough, you’ll find that there are still some pretty awesome deals out there.
2007 Porsche Cayman auction comes in under $16,000
It almost seems too good to be true. It isn’t, though! This 2007 Porsche Cayman recently sold at auction on the website Cars and Bids. It’s got a lot of great features and options, and it sold for just $15,920.
The trick to finding a decent deal on a car like this Porsche Cayman is to look for one that’s been modified. Frankly, many car shoppers avoid vehicles with aftermarket parts or modifications. So, it’s the way to go if you’re looking for an excellent deal. It is worth remembering, however, that these modifications may not have been professionally installed.
The modifications to this Cayman are actually relatively minimal, though. It has a Plastidip coating on the headlight washer nozzles, clear marker lights, Cayman S exhaust tips, and the Cayman badge removed from the rear. Slightly more in-depth modifications include GT3-style door pulls inside and a short shifter installed. If these modifications were to bother you, they’d be relatively easy to reverse.
Another factor for the great price is the high mileage. At 108,000 miles, this is a pretty substantial amount for a Porsche. That being said, Porsche engines are notorious for being surprisingly reliable. The 2.7-liter flat-six in this Cayman is no exception. What Car? reports that the Cayman, overall, is a very reliable car so long as it has had regular maintenance.
Finally, this Cayman does have two reported accidents. However, the extent of the damage is unspecified in the Carfax report on both accounts, and it still carries a clean title. So, clearly, the damage wasn’t substantial enough to warrant insurance claims.
An imperfect car could be perfect for you!
Some other relatively minor issues include stone chips, a cracked exhaust hanger, minor underbody rust, and interior wear and tear. The most substantial issue is the front struts needing replacing. However, given that it’s a base model, it uses pretty standard suspension components. A pair of standard struts (for models without active suspension) comes in at under $600 brand new from FCP Euro.
Ultimately, this would make the perfect car for someone who’s looking to get into the Porsche game that isn’t afraid to get their hands a little dirty. None of these issues are major repairs. So, if you’re handy with a set of tools, buying a car in a similar condition to this could save you thousands if you’re willing to put in the work.
So, if you’re in the market for something like a Porsche Cayman or similar, keep your eyes peeled! You never know what kind of great deals you may run into!