What used Porsche Cayman coupe will I get for my budget?
You can find early cars hovering around the £9500 mark, but these will either have problems or galactic mileage. As a general rule, there is nothing more expensive than a cheap Porsche, so you will be much better off stretching the budget to £16,000 or more, as this will improve your choice of tidy 40,000 to 50,000-mile 3.4-litre Cayman S models with a full service history.
In late 2008, there were a number of revisions made to the Cayma. If you want one of these cars, you will need around £26,000.
These later engines are better for road tax too, as early 3.4-litre cars can be caught up in the tax bracket change after 23 March 2006. Any 3.4-litre Cayman before that costs £305; if it is registered afterwards, then it is £520 – ouch! If you must have the bigger engine, then you’re best off finding a facelifted car as its emissions were cut down to reduce those running costs. You will need to spend more to buy the newer car, though, so you will need to weigh up the overall cost to find out which one suits your budget.
Despite the cost, it's best to stick with a franchised dealer when servicing newer cars; this will help protect future resale values. However, for older cars, there are plenty of respected independent specialists that will do the job properly while also saving you a tidy sum. You will have to respect the fact that the Cayman is a mid-engine car, so access to the unit isn’t as great as it is in a front or rear-engine vehicle.
Insurance premiums are typical for a sports car, sitting between groups 42 and 44.