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A few days ago I placed a deposit on a slightly used base 718. I still have not seen the car in person (will check it out when it arrives at my local dealer to give my approval). I have a full list of all the options it features provided by the dealer, aside from a heap of pictures, which have allowed me to crosscheck that all the listed options are actually there (PDK, sportchrono, full leather sport seats plus, PDLS, PASM, 20" wheels and many more). However, on the pictures I've been able to notice that a couple of subtle options such as the "Headlight Cleaning System Covers Painted in Exterior Color" have been overlooked by the seller (not surprising) and are not included on the provided options list.

Once I get the car, is there any way to get a 100% accurate, official options list to know exactly all the installed equipment? Maybe with the VIN Number an official Porsche dealer might get the original options list?

Aside from that, is there an easy way to determine whether or not the PTV is installed? It's not present on the list provided by the seller, but who knows if he overlooked this too.

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This should work!

 

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Thanks, this looks promising, though I'm not sure if it's just for North American cars.
Once I have the VIN I will check if it works for me.
 

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I've tried vinalaytics before but it only seems to work for North American cars. Keen to find out if you do find a solution, because I never found one.
 

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When I bought my '17 Boxster 7 month ago, The seller (CarMax) included the phone number for PorscheNA contact to assign me as the new owner for warranty etc. When I contacted them, they very nicely sent an email with a very complete build sheet for my car. Like 6 pages! Everything included and not included!
 

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I don't believe the painted washer heads are indicative of the Build Sheet being incorrect or incomplete. It's one of those mods that could have been installed after the fact, by the previous owner.
 

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After providing my local Porsche dealer with the VIN, they sent me a report with the official options list as well as other relevant information such as the warranty validity period.
The painted washer heads were indeed on this official list.

I collected my car two days ago. Proper presentation here: A dream come true. My first Porsche

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Hi All,

This is my first post here as I am just looking into buying a 718.

Just wondering if there are any updates on this thread? Is there any online VIN decoder that can be used to get an options list/car spec etc. so I can check a car I am looking to buy has options as claimed by the seller. I am in Australia, so would need to be something that worked on an Australian delivered car. I tried calling a Porsche dealer, but they seem to only give this information to the owner of the vehicle... not a potential buyer.

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Hi All,

This is my first post here as I am just looking into buying a 718.

Just wondering if there are any updates on this thread? Is there any online VIN decoder that can be used to get an options list/car spec etc. so I can check a car I am looking to buy has options as claimed by the seller. I am in Australia, so would need to be something that worked on an Australian delivered car. I tried calling a Porsche dealer, but they seem to only give this information to the owner of the vehicle... not a potential buyer.

Thanks,

Adrian
I live in New Zealand and the only option I have found so far is stuttcars.com. You need to register on the side and you can request equipment codes using a VIN decoder. It costs 17 Euro.
 

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Try vinanalytics to see it gives you what you want.
 

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The original post asked for a VIN decoder. Unless I missed something, so far, that was not provided. The first link above just tells how to read a VIN the second will tell what was buuilt into the car. They both work for me in the US and I don't see a reason why they would not work worldwide.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks all. My preference was to find out which one worked before paying some cash. I tried the ones above and the VIN I have comes up as invalid on the 2nd link. I have a photo of the VIN plate and I have the correct VIN, so not sure if it is not for Australian cars.

I ended up doing some more calling around to Porsche dealers in Sydney, and one was able to give me what I was after. So I am all sorted. But it would be good to find out a link which is good for any Porsche regardless of location before you pay your cash to find out it does not have the info you are after.

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The original post asked for a VIN decoder. Unless I missed something, so far, that was not provided. The first link above just tells how to read a VIN the second will tell what was buuilt into the car. They both work for me in the US and I don't see a reason why they would not work worldwide.

Hope this helps.
The original and subsequent post by @vosadrian both wanted Options lists, the basic Stuttcars VIN Decoder does not provide this information and the vinanalytics and rennlist ones don't appear to work outside of the USA.

@vosadrian glad you found what you were looking for. For what it's worth Stuttcars won't charge you if they can't find the information and if they do, the information they provide is very comprehensive. I think there were 93 option codes associated with my car down right down to the colour of the TPM valves; whether it came with warning triangle or not, the refrigerant used etc. Great if you like to geek out on this kind of stuff.
 
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