Buying Genuine Porsche Parts
By AdFeatures | Wednesday, September 05, 2012, 07:46
You've invested in a Porsche - yes, a real one, even if it was second-hand - but what happens when something goes wrong with it? It's not like you can pop down the scrap yard and wrestle the front wing off of a written-off 911 or a rusty old Boxster.
No, if you've bought a proper Porsche, you're going to need proper Porsche parts - and that's where specialist dealers like Design 911 can help out.
Know What You Need
It sounds obvious, but before you start ordering parts for your Porsche, you need to know what you need.
Nobody's suggesting that you don't know what model your car is, but if it's got a customised plate, you might want to double-check the year it was manufactured.
Look out for vehicles that have been modified, too, as if your engine has been souped up, you might need different parts to repair it than you would for a production-line Porsche.
Finding the Part
There are plenty of ways to find what you're looking for, as Design 911's website shows perfectly, with categories based on which part of the car needs attention, diagrams to help locate the specific part that's failed, and search boxes that let you type in the exact part number, if you know it.
You might also want to check out any special offers that are available - often these aren't for replacement parts as such, but for the kinds of parts that are always worth investing in, like a new set of alloy wheels, brake pads or spark plugs.
Experience and Expertise
So far we've been looking mostly at finding the part you need, but you also need to find somewhere to buy it from - and this is where the 'genuine' bit comes into play.
You might be tempted to head to an internet auction site to bid on the parts you need at a rock-bottom price, but remember that you'll often get rock-bottom service in return.
Specialist dealers thrive on their positive reputations, and some of them have decades of experience working in the Porsche market, or with performance cars in general, making them a much more tempting alternative to random members of the public listing bits of their own car for auction.
Make sure your new part is fitted properly, to avoid any further damage to your prized Porsche.
Specialist dealers can often advise you on the installation, or suggest somewhere where you can get it fitted properly by a professional, so don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Once your Porsche is back on the road, it doesn't mean your repair relationship with it is over - owning a luxury car is a long-term commitment, so it's worth planning ahead.
Look for sites like Design 911, which can remember your model and year of car, and the next time you're looking for parts, you can skip the first few steps and go straight to locating the specific component you need, at the best price.