Do you find yourself looking longingly at those tantalizingly styled Porsche Boxster convertibles prowling the streets of D.C.? Convinced yourself that you can't justify -- or afford -- the expense? Now you can get a Porsche of your very own, for a more reasonable cost, if you buy it used.
Or, more accurately, buy it "Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned," a long way of saying that you can buy a used Porsche that's been gone over with the proverbial fine-toothed comb to make it ready for warranty and sale at Porsche dealers.
But even then, is it worth plunking down in the neighborhood of $40,000 for a Porsche?
After taking one for a fast (note to Park Police: but not too fast) spin through the pulse-raising twists and turns of Rock Creek Park and the pulse-pounding traffic of the Beltway, one simply has to say "yes."
The Boxster takes corners like a ball-bearing in a groove, and accelerates like a rocket from seemingly any point on the speedometer. Porshe is a car that can only be driven with a big grin plastered across your face -- it feels that good.
If you're looking for a car to make long trips with luggage for four, keep moving. But if you're looking for something that will get your heart rate up every time you get behind the wheel -- and get the wind blowing fast (but not too fast) through your hair -- then this may be your deal.