Part of the challenge with buying a second hand Porsche is finding one without rust. And finding rust on a Porsche can be tough because it hides under the surface. If there is any, by the time you find it has most likely spread and become a costly repair that plagues you for the life of the car. It helps to have a Porsche mechanic on speed dial who knows where to look. But not everyone knows a good Porsche mechanic and a good place to start is by researching.
In damp climates where there is a lot of rain or snow, like up in Canada where they salt their roads, you don’t find too many classic Porsches. And rust is a serious issue is a serious issue in these types of places. And if you drive a Porsche in the winter on salt roads you need your head checked. Unless you have a garage full of 911s and you have money to burn, avoid buying a Porsche in these climates.
How do you protect a Porsche from the elements? Having indoor storage, spray the belly with undercoating, dehumidify and climatize your garage. Or, go where cars aren’t rust-challenged like the southern United States, or more specifically Texas. Why is Texas so special? To begin with they have the best state motto of all 50 states “Don’t mess with Texas.” But in all seriousness, if you want a great location to start your search for a vintage Porsche scour central Texas or west Texas. The climate there is ideal. And you know your chances of getting a Porsche with rust is minimal.
But before you have a Texas road trip however make sure you do your research on Porsches and rust first. And for the love of god, ask the seller if he/she cared for their Porsche first, this is one of the biggest mistakes a first time buyer makes. And no matter how far south you go, or how far away you look from the coastal waters you travel, if the seller did not look after their Porsche walk away.
The best rule for buying a classic Porsche 911 is start hunting down south where the sun shines and the paint glistens.