#1221² THE ROAD TO MY FIRST PORSCHE – S1 E6 – SEASONAL LICENSE PLATE?

Yes or no? Pros and cons? Honestly, just get one!

At least in Germany the winters are not only cold, but a lot of salt is getting used to make the roads less slippery and icy. What seems to work perfectly fine for the sake of the safety isn’t the best pealing for your Porsche’s underbody. In fact, the salt will attack everything there is to attack! Causing corrosion which will in the end cost a lot of money to get rid of again. But it’s not just the salt, isn’t it? A sportscar, at least in its natural form is meant to be driven sporty. And winter can hardly offer the best parameters for doing that. Less friction, low temperatures, slow and unsafe driving people around you. Of course you can compensate on some of those points but not on all. A semi slick tire just doesn’t feel comfortable below 7 or so degrees. And getting winter tires doesn’t only cost money, it’s also not really worth the effort for putting them on and off for just a couple of spins when the weather seems to be fine after all.

But it’s not just that, at the end of the day it’s also a ton of money you can avoid spending. Not enjoying the winters in your car is one thing, but paying insurance for a car that is just standing around doesn’t make any sense. And so, getting a seasonal plate from the end of October to the beginning of March seems to be the way to go. At least if you use the car as intended. Sure, if you have a leasing car and just don’t care, be my guest. But a real enthusiast will get a winter car and spare the Porsche.

Depending on what kind of Porsche you are owning, the winter might be even your friend. And don’t get me wrong on that, the 911 is the perfect car for snow and ice action. It just doesn’t feel right to expose the engine to the salt and dirt spray underneath the car. True, in normal cars the underbody is literally closed, but with the unique Porsche design that’s a difficult task which causes more temperature issues than it solves.

I don’t have a Porsche yet, but I will start with a seasonal license plate or how we call it in Germany. “Saisonkennzeichen”.

See you next time!

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