What is PCNALocator (PCNAL)?
PCNAL is a Porsche locator program for millennial GT and Turbo models initially sold in North America. It is operated by Concours By Appointment LLC (CBA) a bonded and licensed auto brokerage specialist. PCNAL is not affiliated with Porsche Cars North America, Inc. or Porsche AG.
How does it work?
We are engaged to locate one or more vehicles which can be identified using our Configurator app. Once target vehicles are identified using the Configurator we locate the vehicles and their owners to negotiate a purchase transaction.
What is the Configurator app and how do I use it?
The Configurator app is the window into our proprietary database. It is an intuitive step through search tool that uses a subset of parameters to identify actual production vehicles initially sold in North America. This software sorts through our entire database of 17,500+ Porsche VIN’s, in real-time, to generate a list of specific vehicles matching user defined parameters. Once satisfied with a selection of matches users can submit to receive detailed build summaries of the individual vehicle’s included in the search results.
What Experian Autocheck data do you share?
We have an agreement with Experian to openly share certain data on select vehicles. This data acts as guide to further evaluate vehicles prior to selecting them as locator targets and is subject to owner verification. Experian data can only be viewed by those with Client status or higher. Full current data Experian Autocheck reports are available from us for contracted vehicles.
Experian Autocheck data is as follows:
Exp Owners – estimated number of owners – sourced from DMV records
Exp Mileage – estimated current mileage – sourced from DMV, warranty and dealer records
Exp Accidents – recorded accidents – sourced from DMV and insurance records
Exp Score – proprietary Experian Autocheck rating – multiple factors, less than 90 score should be investigated in further detail
Which vehicles do you locate?
We locate the following Porsche models only:
– 997.1 Turbo, 997.2 Turbo, 997 Turbo S, 997 GT2, 997 GT2 RS
– 997.1 GT3, 997.2 GT3, 997.1 GT3 RS, 997.2 GT3 RS (3.8), 997.2 GT3 RS (4.0), 991.1 GT3 RS
– 980 Carrera GT, 997 Speedster, 918 Spyder, 991 911 R
How do I know what to search for?
The data section of our website contains the world’s most comprehensive collection of millennial Porsche information publicly available from a single source. There can be found, listed by model and year, standard and optional specifications and their descriptions, actual production interior and exterior colors, and full production summaries. We are proud to say that everyone from novice enthusiasts to subject matter experts use our data as educational and reference material. We are the open source for Porsche data.
Do you purchase vehicles?
Although we contractually function as a purchase intermediary we do not purchase vehicles for inventory. We operate as a match-maker only. We do not compete with our clients or dealers for vehicles and we never step in front of a transaction. We do not take title to vehicles.
What is ‘member status’ and how does my status affect working with PCNAL?
Members status defines your relationship with CBA and your interface with the PCNAL program.
The basic members status’ are Subscriber and Client. These members can view various depths of data in the PCNAL database, but must engage to locate and purchase vehicles through one of our Dealers. There is no cost to having one of these status’ although Clients must sign a simple one page agreement protecting the confidentiality of Experian AutoCheck data. Experian AutoCheck data is not available to Subscribers except through a PCNAL Dealer. With these status’ customer support beyond use of the PCNAL configurator app must be obtained through a PCNAL Dealer.
Collector status is a premium paid service provided by CBA directly. Collectors have access to direct consultation with CBA and can engage to locate and purchase vehicles through CBA or at their option through one of our Dealers. Collector status also provides access to our special targets lists of vehicles located under the PCNALocator for which we have no contracted buyer. Customer support is fulfilled directly by CBA.
Owners have a special status through their vehicle registry. For purchases Owners must also have Subscriber, Client or Collector status.
Can I have a prepurchase inspection?
Yes. CBA can arrange for a pre-purchase inspection at the buyer’s expense. Inspection may be provided through our tech inspector partners or at a seller designated location agreeable to buyer. Generally most any requirement can be accommodated if agreeable to the seller.
Once you locate a vehicle what happens?
We verify certain minimum information regarding the vehicle, including current mileage and condition. We also determine if the owner is interested in entertaining an offer for their vehicle. If they are interested we will enter into simultaneous contracts with the seller and buyer whereby each will commit to a negotiation process to close a purchase transaction. If the buyer and seller come to mutually satisfactory terms then a purchase transaction is consummated. The process is similar when working with a Dealer except that the buyer engages for the purchase with the Dealer.
When does the seller get paid, how do I get the vehicle title and the vehicle?
CBA is responsible for obtaining all documentation from the seller. CBA does not transfer purchase monies to a seller until the buyer is satisfied with the vehicle’s condition and documentation. Upon proof of good funds to seller, CBA obtains the fully executed, free and clear, good title to the vehicle from the seller. Upon CBA’s receipt of good title, purchase funds are transferred to the seller to close the transaction and the vehicle title is forwarded to the buyer. The buyer will then be connected with the seller to arrange vehicle transport logistics.
What does the service cost?
There is no cost for locator services from CBA for Subscribers and Clients. CBA charges a nominal monthly fee for premium Collector status. CBA charges Collectors and Dealers a fixed fee brokerage commission on transactions. Dealers are not limited in their fee structures and must be consulted individually. Sellers never pay a fee for PCNAL services.
Why no fees to sellers?
We are a locator service soliciting vehicles from owners whose vehicles are off market and not being actively offered. Asking owners to pay if they agree to sell adds a significant impediment to closing an acquisition for qualified buyers. Seller’s do pay a fee for non PCNALocator transactions.
Why don’t you provide VIN information?
There are several reason we do not provide Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN’s) first and foremost of which is protecting the privacy of owner identities and vehicle locations. Legal and commercial data services also place restrictions on the disclosure of VIN related information which in turn limits CBA’s ability to share this information until a purchase transaction closes. Seller’s also may require that their vehicle not be ‘shopped’ in the traditional sense. Since vehicles are not identified by VIN in the PCNAL system, even if a vehicle is widely offered to our client base, by design it cannot be ‘shopped’ (as that process is commonly understood) because it cannot be individually identified. Finally, VIN’s and associated data including owner information are the proprietary property of CBA and our stock in trade. Unintentional exposure of this data would benefit buyers unrelated to CBA – to the detriment of our client’s ability to obtain the vehicles they want – which is always our first priority. Qualified buyers will always know the VIN and have access to VIN related documentation at the appropriate time prior to purchase.
Why are owner identities hidden?
We have a strong reputation for protecting owner privacy. Privacy is an important part of what owners require to maintain confidence that will not be inundated by unwanted solicitation from dealers, brokers and prospective buyers as a result of participating in the PCNAL program. We are highly respected for using formulated policies and procedures designed to protect owners from unwanted solicitation and work to maintain 100% anonymity.
What if I have further questions?
Please contact us to discuss your needs, concerns and questions. We are here to support the community of Porsche buyers with the industry’s best information on millennial Porsches, their configuration, history and current ownership. We suggest that you reference the vehicle data section of our website which contains the world’s most comprehensive assembly of information on millennial Porsches publicly available from any single source. Although most vehicle related questions can be answered by reviewing the data available on our website – if not, then we are happy to fill in the blanks.
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