Standard Terms And Conditions Of Sale

Hartech are one of the few (if not the only) businesses specialising wholly in the supply and maintenance of the older PORSCHE 911, 924, 944, 968, 964, 993, 996 and Boxster. These can be superb, reliable cars - capable of good performance and long life - but there are dangers. e.g. Over half the cars we see for sale - elsewhere - are being sold to avoid the cost of a major repair or in a very poor state. We buy cars in good condition or with known faults that we usually rectify before offering...

Four Wheel drive and Stability Control

One of the criticisms of the 911 up to 1989 was that it was old fashioned technically. The 944 had introduced ABS before then and the 911 was deemed to be lagging behind. All this changed with the introduction of the 964, when ABS became standard on all 911's. Once sensors were fitted to work out individual wheel speeds - several other possibilities to control other aspects of car dynamics emerged. A further step forward was then taken with the introduction of a 4-wheel drive alternative - the...

Customer Cars bought by them elsewhere

It's a free Country and we don't mind if cars are purchased elsewhere. In any case there is a limit to the number of good cars available and if we sold any more we would find it hard to source their replacements. We are therefore still perfectly happy to look after cars purchased elsewhere (even from our competitors) and care for them to the best of our ability. Indeed our care and attention results in customer cars being looked after to the very highest standards while our low overheads...

The Anomaly of the Full Service History Car the difficulties in finding a GOOD car that result

This longevity has been exploited by unscrupulous owners and dealers to clock cars and falsify service records, making it almost impossible for anyone other than an expert to judge the honesty of a particular car. The result is that many older Porsches are falsely described and overpriced. Even when a car HAS covered the mileage claimed and the SERVICE RECORD is TRUE there is still a hidden minefield to beware of. So many dealers, specialists and magazine articles - advise buying a Porsche with...

Major New Investment Expansion In Progress

Here at Hartech we have a superb reputation for providing the very best services for the purchase and maintenance of older Porsche's. We are now in the process of creating - probably the most efficient facility for the independent Porsche market ever in the UK - enabling us to continue to combine the lowest overheads with the widest and most affordable customer orientated range of services available. How and why - please allow us a few paragraphs to explain. With Official Porsche centres...

General Independent Traders

There are also several independent specialists that are not Porsche trained but provide an excellent service. In many cases the type of training or even self-learning that they undertook, actually benefits their approach towards running and developing a business facing new problems and models continuously - without factory support. Similarly their very independence often results in more willingness to find non-Porsche solutions to common problems that are often more cost effective at the lower...

Standard Terms And Conditions Of Repair Service

Hartech are one of the few businesses specialising wholly in the supply and maintenance of older PORSCHE 911, 924, 944, 968, 993, 996 & Boxster cars. These can be superb, reliable cars - capable of good performance and long life - but there are dangers. e.g. many customer cars are in need of major repairs or in a very neglected state (especially where they have just been bought) resulting in new owners often inheriting a long list of problems needing urgent attention - which they may not be...

Example of calliper plate lift

If the gear change is sometimes difficult to engage, or there is a vibration, which is constant throughout the rev change, then on the 924, or 944 turbo, this probably means that the cush drive springs in the clutch are broken. Similarly with standard 924S, 944, S2 and 924 turbo (some Mark 2's), if there is a clunk heard when changing gear or when pushing the accelerator on and off repeatedly, then the cush drive is probably broken or damaged. The 968 incorporated a less expensive...

Hartech Prepurchase Checks and Sales Preparation

We advertise for good quality Porsche's Nationally from which cars are offered from private and trade sources. After asking a lot of pertinent questions, those of interest are put through a check with hpi (to check for damage, Police interest, outstanding HP, etc) and the mileage is checked with the National Mileage Register - both against all previous registration numbers. The good prospects are then inspected and road tested with the results being recorded on our Initial Inspection Schedule...

The Resources

The founder of Hartech Computation Ltd (and its subsidiary Hartech Automotive) is a fully trained and qualified professional engineer, who spent his teenage years building and racing motorcycles and dreaming about Porsche's. Upon qualifying he started his own automotive engineering business (Barton Engineering), designing and manufacturing racing gearboxes, for all the leading British, Japanese and Italian models, and complete two, three and four cylinder engines for cars and...

Working out the costs for the plan and historical comparisons with Hartech and Non Hartech running costs

This Lifetime maintenance plan came about because we had noticed that - having very carefully selected a car to buy in the first place (and having discarded many others offered to us) and then having carried out such a thorough refurbishment, it then was quite inexpensive to run, regardless of how many years we looked after it or however many miles it covered. Furthermore, if we eventually bought it back (or more likely part exchanged it for an upgrade), it was still much less expensive to...

Hartech Porsche in SPAIN

Several British customers have been taking advantage of the thorough preparation at Hartech to prepare a LHD Porsche to take to Spain for use in retirement. Although Hartech do not usually sell imported LHD Porsches (due to the difficulty in verifying history) there are many LHD cars that were brought new in the UK for which history is fully traceable and some imported cars that are clearly are not hiding a problem. Hartech are presently considering preparing good examples of these for overseas...

General impressions of the cars

Despite originating from a design for Volkswagen, the 924 has been recognised as a truly excellent sports car in its own right. They are economical tourers, with adequate acceleration reaching 125 miles per hour. Despite the brakes being solid discs (front) and drums (rear), the braking is quite good. The 50-50-weight distribution provides exceptional handling allowing many 924's to compete favourably with much more powerful 911's at track events. With rear seats (for under 12's) and practical...

The Hartech Trade Sale Porsche Scheme

The Hartech TRADE SALE Porsche scheme covers cars that may become available under four different scenarios, all-resulting in the same outcome - a lower price for a car that is less of a risk to buy than on the open market. Every Hartech sales car (in any category including this one) has been checked against records for accident damage, outstanding finance, etc and has been road tested and inspected and deemed as a sound car in reasonable condition. We do not buy or part exchange any cars that...

Litre Carrera 2 4 from 1990

This model superseded the 3.2 Carrera, having slightly smoother styling, a bigger engine, power steering and ABS, the Carrera 4 having 4 wheel-drive through a front transaxle. The turbo charged Turbo 2 example is quite awesome. They are a big all round improvement on the older 911, bringing the drive and comfort more into line with the quality of the original 944, while maintaining the mystique and thrill of a traditional 911. They have a revised exhaust system that sounds just fabulous. An...

The differences between a Porsche and other sports cars

If you are thinking of buying a Porsche over 3 to 5 years old, or arranging a service or repairs, then you are probably concerned to make sure that the source that you choose from will be fair and trustworthy and provide reliable and affordable services in an industry with a very poor reputation . We understand your anxiety and have prepared this guide to help you make an informed choice. It is very important to understand that a used Porsche is quite different to any similar Sports car and...

Boxster

Although the Boxster does not fit in the 4-5 year old age limit set for other Porsche's in our sales range, it's lower price does fit in with other 4-5 year old models and as a result we have decided include it in our range and indeed have already offered a 2 year old Boxster S 3.2 for sale . Although they have not been in existence long enough to establish any long term running costs or problems, the present reliability appears excellent and the initial Lifetime Maintenance Plan prices will be...

Hartech Warranty Guarantee and Lifetime Maintenance Plan

Hartech have always offered their own warranty and guarantee with all cars sold - to ensure that their customers have the option of reliable and comprehensive protection. The Hartech guarantee is a comprehensive written report describing the condition and specification of the car. This details the work that has been done and the condition of the parts inspected, which should all be satisfactory and serviceable. It is similar to the report that follows a C service except that it should not...