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    Thread: Convince me not to sign up for Porsche Drive Single/Multi-Car Subscription?

    1. Geriatric Member absoluteczech's Avatar
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      09-24-2020 11:23 AM #1
      I can't believe I'm thinking of it, but it's been on my head for the last 2 days.

      For those that don't know Porsche has finally released it's subscription service nationwide and has come to SoCal finally. I believe they were testing in Atlanta (NA HQ) for last few years?

      https://www.porsche.com/usa/accessor.../subscription/

      Last December I came close to purchasing an out of state 981 Cayman. Wife basically shot it down as it was sort of a spur of the moment type decision and upon her realizing I was actually serious, she decided it wasn't the right time. We discussed that later this year or beginning of 2021 I would start the hunt again for a 981 Cayman/S/ maybe GTS if she decides to donate to the car fund

      Then this came out, and I'm willing to "throw away" $3-4k for the "experience" and see if it's actually worth perusing or an itch I scratch, but don't necessarily need in my life. The multi car is attractive because obviously you get several cars to pick from. I would get the Launch Tier which is Boxter, Cayman , Cayenne, Macan and Panamera including S trim models based on availability.

      The multi car launch tier is $2100/m with 2k miles and theoretical unlimited changes based off availability. Other hand I can get a Cayman only single car for 1-3m at $1800/m. THere is a 595 activation fee if i do 1 month single car and multi car. 3 month single car would have no activation fee. Basically I'm tempted to just burn 2 months worth of premiums for the experience and fun of it and decide if its worth owning , etc. My drive way is short and steep and i've had non sports cars rub so this would be a good test to see if it's even practical. It would suck having a garage I would have to some how modify or have ramps to get up.

      So TCL? Am I crazy? Save the money and use it towards a purchase or live life for a few months as a fake rich Porsche owner?




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      09-24-2020 11:24 AM #2
      No. You do you booboo. Make your own mistakes.
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      09-24-2020 11:27 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by TooFitToQuit View Post
      No. You do you booboo. Make your own mistakes.
      My friends would all say I am highly risk averse

      Another thing I need to find out is if they would even deliver to OC or if I would have to go to their downtown LA location

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      09-24-2020 11:29 AM #4
      That's just an outrageous amount of money for what it is, even w/ maintenance and insurance included. You'd be better off finding one on toro or through one of the lux rental programs for a few days to do your test than squander $2K-$3K.

      If I'm some wealthy individual that spends a few months here and there, then i suppose this makes some sense. But otherwise, this is just a money printer for porsche.
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      09-24-2020 11:34 AM #5
      Wow, that looks crazy expensive to me, even if it does include insurance. I would need gas to be included as well for me to even take it seriously. 1500 miles a month isn't bad, but I don't think I drive enough for that to make sense. I do have a porsche dealer right down the street from me, so swapping out cars would probably be easy. But I suppose my other concern are the cars themselves. I don't care about the sedans/SUVs, but the sports cars---can I get one in a manual? Can I get something higher than a basic cayman or 911? If I can rent a Cayman GT4 for $2k a month, maybe I'd consider it. But a base cayman with PDK? Lol, no thanks.

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      09-24-2020 11:37 AM #6
      If you're willing to spend $3-4k on this, you might as well buy one.

      That's essentially what you'd pay on tax/registration, plus any minor depreciation if you had to turn around and sell.
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      09-24-2020 11:40 AM #7
      This sounds really dumb. Just buy the car.
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      09-24-2020 11:53 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by 6cylVWguy View Post
      Wow, that looks crazy expensive to me, even if it does include insurance. I would need gas to be included as well for me to even take it seriously. 1500 miles a month isn't bad, but I don't think I drive enough for that to make sense. I do have a porsche dealer right down the street from me, so swapping out cars would probably be easy. But I suppose my other concern are the cars themselves. I don't care about the sedans/SUVs, but the sports cars---can I get one in a manual? Can I get something higher than a basic cayman or 911? If I can rent a Cayman GT4 for $2k a month, maybe I'd consider it. But a base cayman with PDK? Lol, no thanks.
      Depending on the tier you can get anywhere from an S to a GTS. Not sure about manual, the few cars I looked at on their app showed PDK

      Quote Originally Posted by CostcoPizza View Post
      If you're willing to spend $3-4k on this, you might as well buy one.

      That's essentially what you'd pay on tax/registration, plus any minor depreciation if you had to turn around and sell.
      That is a good point

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      09-24-2020 12:01 PM #9
      I feel like some 2 week Turo rentals would be a much more cost effective way to gather this data. You're in SoCal too so you probably have a **** load to choose from.

      I am not even sure who this is for honestly... even Porsche's ****ty leases are less than 1/2 the top tier for most of their models.
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      09-24-2020 12:08 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by CostcoPizza View Post
      If you're willing to spend $3-4k on this, you might as well buy one.

      That's essentially what you'd pay on tax/registration, plus any minor depreciation if you had to turn around and sell.
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      09-24-2020 12:20 PM #11
      Just Turo a few cars for a week each instead.

      SoCal has all kinds of stuff available on Turo--I'm sure you can find what you want. You'd have to come out ahead on cost, and any savings can then be applied to buying the car you actually want long-term.

      Other thing to note is if you are considering a 981 Cayman, the 718 is going to be a very different experience with the turbo 4.

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      09-24-2020 12:22 PM #12
      Well I voted yes cause you said convince you... not gunna convince you by saying no.

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      09-24-2020 12:27 PM #13
      There is a teeny tiny niche of high end freelancers visiting LA that this is perfect for. People will use this program, especially if the cost is tax deductible.
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      09-24-2020 12:32 PM #14
      I ran the numbers on the Volvo program and what ultimately killed it was the high insurance costs they baked into the program. Cheaper to lease but for a Porsche I say buy it.
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      09-24-2020 12:43 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by CTK View Post
      I feel like some 2 week Turo rentals would be a much more cost effective way to gather this data. You're in SoCal too so you probably have a **** load to choose from.

      I am not even sure who this is for honestly... even Porsche's ****ty leases are less than 1/2 the top tier for most of their models.
      My issue is with turo the cost for 1-2 ends up being close to the price of a monthly subscription from porsche. they avg 120-200 a day for cayman's that puts me at 1500 before taxes, fees and insurance coverage on turo. i'll be at 2k before you know it. i could then have basically 2 extra weeks if i did the porsche sub

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      09-24-2020 12:49 PM #16
      Its pointless for me cause the GT cars arent available

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      09-24-2020 12:57 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by absoluteczech View Post
      My issue is with turo the cost for 1-2 ends up being close to the price of a monthly subscription from porsche. they avg 120-200 a day for cayman's that puts me at 1500 before taxes, fees and insurance coverage on turo. i'll be at 2k before you know it. i could then have basically 2 extra weeks if i did the porsche sub

      That's what I was thinking. When we were planning a fun trip to SF (cancelled, thanks COVID) the interesting cars on Turo were all $100 plus.

      I don't think it's crazy to spend $1800 to borrow a new Cayman from Porsche to try it out.

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      09-24-2020 12:59 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      That's what I was thinking. When we were planning a fun trip to SF (cancelled, thanks COVID) the interesting cars on Turo were all $100 plus.

      I don't think it's crazy to spend $1800 to borrow a new Cayman from Porsche to try it out.
      Granted, Porsche is doing daily rentals too. I believe they wanted like $200 something a day for a Cayman

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      09-24-2020 01:02 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by absoluteczech View Post
      Granted, Porsche is doing daily rentals too. I believe they wanted like $200 something a day for a Cayman

      So $6k for the month vs $1800.

      I like the 30 day idea vs. a long weekend type deal to see if you really want the car long term.

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      09-24-2020 01:54 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by CostcoPizza View Post
      If you're willing to spend $3-4k on this, you might as well buy one.

      That's essentially what you'd pay on tax/registration, plus any minor depreciation if you had to turn around and sell.
      Quote Originally Posted by CTK View Post
      I feel like some 2 week Turo rentals would be a much more cost effective way to gather this data. You're in SoCal too so you probably have a **** load to choose from.

      I am not even sure who this is for honestly... even Porsche's ****ty leases are less than 1/2 the top tier for most of their models.
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      09-24-2020 01:55 PM #21
      here's an 8 day turo rental for a cayman gts so for few hundred more i could get 3 weeks extra


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      09-24-2020 03:36 PM #22
      Also the based on availability is a concern with no guarantees as to what you can get. Might end up stuck in something due to lack of availability.

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      09-24-2020 03:40 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by burgerbob View Post
      This sounds really dumb. Just buy the car.
      THIS. But I'd wait for 2-3 years, then buy the ones coming off the subscription program. PROFIT.
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      09-24-2020 03:41 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Uber Wagon View Post
      THIS. But I'd wait for 2-3 years, then buy the ones coming off the subscription program. PROFIT.
      no way. my gut tells me people are going to drive the piss out of them. they are glorified rentals. id never want to buy a prior rental vehicle, at least not with a porsche badge on it.

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      09-24-2020 03:57 PM #25
      I don't think this is really dumb as some have said, but do think the program is geared to either individuals or businesses with plenty of capital to have a long term Porsche rental for a specific time period. It would be a cool perk for a business to provide for a high-end consultant or someone else that they are asking to relocate for a couple months or so. "Here's the keys to your condo and your Cayman S is in the garage in the basement. The Porsche dealer is about 10 mins away if you want to trade it for something else."

      That said, I would agree with trying to figure out your thoughts on potential Porsche ownership through a couple Turo rentals for a couple days each. I'd like to do that at some point myself.

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