5 Used Sports Cars You Should Never Buy


Rev up your engines,
today I’m going to talk about 5 used sports cars that you should never buy, now buying
a used sports car is one of the toughest things to do correctly, with all used sports cars
there’s two main problems, the first one is, people who buy sports cars tend to drive the
heck out of them, so with any used sports car you got to check it out to make sure that
it’s still in good shape, not also the resale value of sports cars is often rather low,
the go for a rather cheap price compared to what a new one costs, and that’s the second
thing you got to worry about, over the last 51 years I can’t think of how many customers
I had who said, oh scotty look I got a really good deal on this used sports car, to which
I will often respond, you think you got a really good deal, let’s look a little bit
further to see if you did or didn’t, because as one of my customers bought himself a porsche
and thought, wow I only paid $8,000 for this shinny porsche what a deal, and compared to
the original price oh course that’s a deal, but what he didn’t realize was, that particular
porsche, hey you’re going to expect to spend $5-10k a year maintaining a used porsche like
that, it’s going to need transmission work probably, eventually it’s going to need engine
work, you’re looking at big money repairs, that’s why the used one was so cheap, so you
always have to have a mechanic like me check one of before you buy it of course,
here are 5 used sports cars that you should never even think about buying, but here I’m
going to give you a little disclaimer, I’m not going to be talking about exotic sports
cars, or Italian sports cars, because really never buy a used exotic sports car or a used
Italian sports car, they are money pits when their new and when their used their doubly
so, so just stay away from all of those if you value your money,
now the first used sports car not to buy is the mercedes sl600, you do not want to buy
a used v12 mercedes sports car, now I have had customers that did, and only one of them
was ever happy, he got it cheap, he realized, I’m only going to use this thing on the weekends
for a knock around car, I know I can put a ton of money into it if I have to, he was
happy with the car that he kept for 2 years, but then again he only put like 1-2 thousand
miles on it total in two years, and it didn’t ride all that great because the struts were
all wearing out on it and he didn’t want to spend the money to fix that, so he just stayed
away from really bumpy road and he didn’t take long trips or anything in it, to him
it was kind of a lawn ornament you know, but if you’re going to buy something like that
and actually drive it around, the thing is going to bankrupt you, that’s why you can
find cars like that, that originally went for $100k+ and you can pick them up all day
long for $15k or sometimes as little as $8k, but there’s a reason you can buy them so cheap
used, so stay away from that mercedes sports car
if you’re looking at a used sports car, now the next used sports car not to buy is a gm
product, the pontiac solstice they were kind of cooling looking, and the were fun to drive,
they put little engines in them but they were all modded and they could really go, but they
could also really fall apart, my customers that owned them, the either go rid of them
as they aged, or they bought them cheap second hand and used them for a weekend toy, and
the customers of mine that bought them as weekend toy, they still tended to fall apart,
it didn’t matter if they only drove 1,000-3,000 miles a year they still starting falling apart
as they got older, with gm’s designs would show and things started breaking, so as far
as I’m concerned the pontiac solstice, hey it’s another lawn ornament, it looks cool
you know, I mean if you want to have a collection of cars and have them lying around and you
look at them, yeah it’s cool looking you know, and they were fun to drive around, you’d go
around the block a couple times hey it looks cool, but it’s not something that you want
to buy used and expect to get a lot of life out of,
now the next used car not to buy is the porsche 911 m96, I wouldn’t advice anybody to buy
any kind of porsche second hand because of their high parts costs, high repair labor
because of their crazy designs, and basically they do have a tendency of falling apart as
they age, hey it had serious engine problems, they didn’t build the internals right, and
a lot of the engines blew out, and if you want to price a new engine in a porsche, you
better have some money in your bank account, I would have to say with the porsche 911s
that’s probably the worst used sports car you could possibly buy, from my own customers
experience I’ve had quite a few of them say, hey look scotty I got a great deal on this
911 porsche, and then if they keep it for a year or two or three years and they total
what they have to spend on it or what they will have to spend if they want it to run
right, their like oh man I’m kicking myself for buying that thing, I even had one customer
who bought one new and then kept it for decades thinking, I’m not going to drive it much,
after decades he had like 20,000 miles on the car, and he thought oh it’s going to be
worth money one day, then we went to try to sell it when it was old and he was old too,
and he found out nobody wanted to pay any serious money for that thing everybody knows
how much money it costs to fix them, and when it was that old all the rubber parts went
out, the ac went out, the steering bushings went out, I mean those are expensive cars
to maintain and buying a used one, is probably one of the worst decisions anyone could ever
make, now the next used sports car not to buy is
the dodge challenger, especially the 2013-2014 model, consumer reports, they said that it
didn’t even complete their reliability test, the 2013-2014 challengers, yes they have a
lot of horsepower, but v8 engines that are screamers, they are a chrysler product and
they do have a tendency of falling apart as they age, people are always doing burnouts
in them, the people who buy those cars with the big v8 engines, they drive the heck out
of them, the probably get the most abuse of any sports car out there, if your buying a
used one your taking a huge gamble that the thing is going to last and it’s not on it’s
final legs already, if you really have the hots for one of those, lease the thing, then
you know what you’re going to pay out, your leasing the vehicle, it’s not something long
term and you can have some fun with it, but buying a used one, is that a gamble, my advice
with that one is, get an older one, maybe from the 60’s, that at least will hold it’s
value, you take care of it, if you like it you could keep it forever, if you don’t you
could sell it, if you get it at a good price, the modern ones their values go down fast
now the last used sports car never to buy is the audi s5, yes another German car isn’t
that surprising, now I’ve had a lot of customers that were suckered and they thought they’d
buy one used because of the prices, a new one when it went for $54k hey it loses over
$34k of it’s value if it’s 4-5 years old, so they thought hey, I can get a $54k car
for $20k and it look great and it handles and rides really well, at least for the time
being, they are endless money pits as the age, price some of the parts at an audi dealership,
and at least here in the US it’s not that easy to get aftermarket parts that are any
good for audis, they don’t sell enough of each model, like Toyota they sell million
of camrys, corollas, aftermarket parts are all over the place, but with the audis your
often stuck to dealer only parts where they just stick it to you with a crazy pricetag
and half the time they don’t even have it in stock you have to order it and wait, as
an example I was working on one time, and I found out it needed a fuel pressure regulator,
a little bitty thing you know it should be $80-90 max right, so I go in and they say,
well we don’t sell the fuel pressure regulator as a individual part, you got to buy this
whole assembly for $900 something, and this was on a customers car who had of course bought
the thing used and thought he got a deal, well at least I got it to run decently, I
didn’t put the part on it was so expensive and he just sold the car, he said I can see
it’s a money pit and he got rid of the car, and since he bought it used he only lost like
$3-4,000 so that’s a cheap lesson to learn and not buy one of these audi in the first
place when their used, so hopefully now I’ve saved you guys a whole bunch of money and
grief by telling you which used sports cars that you should just run away from if you’re
even thinking about buying one, so if you never want to miss another one of
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3 comments

  • I know people are going to debate the Challenger being classified as a sports car. Well it’s a muscle/sports car and it’s a competitor to the Corvette, which is a sports car.

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  • Prototype Professor

    Says don’t buy a 911, shows a 914, a 944 and a Boxster…

  • 100% dead wrong on the Porsche 911. Porsche is the most reliable German brand. The 911 holds its value well and old ones are worth 6 figures. Buy a 1990's 996 911 and there's no way it's going to depreciate anymore. Many Porsche models have been sky rocketing in value. Very pure sports cars with limited electronic garbage. A low mileage, well maintained 911 will not hurt you until you hurt it.

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