• Jul 21, 2010
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If you don't currently own a Porsche Boxster, you probably wouldn't mind having one in the garage. Seventeen-year-old Steven Ortiz turned wishes and hopes into hard work and determination to finally land a shiny silver 2000 Boxster, but he didn't tap into a trust fund or bust open a few piggy banks to meet his goal. All he used was an old cell phone, Craigslist and a lot of time.

Ortiz bartered that phone for an iPod, then traded the iPod for a dirt bike and from the dirt bike came a series of cars, an SUV and finally one mighty attractive drop-top with an engine in the boot. The man just got his license and he's already rocking a Porsche... what a country.

The local ABC affiliate in Glendora, California interviewed Ortiz, and from the limited shots of the car, the man's Boxster looks far better than even the smartest of smart phones. Hit the jump to watch the video for yourself, and if you're thinking of asking Ortiz to swap some old junk for an Italian exotic, his friends already beat you to it. It's apparently harder to do than it sounds.

[Source: ABC News]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw this yesterday. Took the kid 2 years and 14 trades to get to the Porsche. One of the trades landed him a 1975 Bronco with less than 4,000 miles on it and traded that for the Porsche.

      Kind of crazy that the dude started when he was 15 and still knew what he was doing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm interested to see the succession of trades that lead to this. Where did you find it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jalopnik has an article and it lists each trade the kid made to get to the Porsche.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea they definitely stated that it was a trade down for the Porsche... Typical teenager though. They want what they think is cool and don't bother really figuring out the value of what they have... I'm sure in his eyes the cool factor of owning a Porsche was totally worth the trade.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1975 Bronco with less than 4,000 miles? Was that a typo?


        He traded the classic Bronco for a POS 11 year old Boxster that needed work??? It sounds like he had no idea what he was doing. Restore Bronco, sell Bronco, make huge profit.

        Classic Bronco > Busted Boxster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now lets see his face when it needs fixing... I grew up with a dad that had 4 Porsches and they were AWESOME cars but they're not cheap to maintain.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn I got a new BMW when I was 17. But I worked my ass off for 4 years and saved up...wish o was as smart as this guy
        • 4 Years Ago
        ok buddy, whatever you say.
        • 4 Years Ago
        he said NEW..so probably in good condition. And how much do you think some could earn from the time they are 13-17. Not enough to buy a new bimmer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sometimes when people talk about buying a used car they say "my NEW car." Meaning new to them... And assuming you have a job that gets you 20 hours a week at minimum wage, saved all your money for 4 years (13-17) you come out to 32,480... Thats before taxes of course but lop off a few thousand and you still have enough to easily purchase a nice, almost new 2010 BMW 128i.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey he didn't say what year the BMW was or the condition... Now if he said a 2009 M5 or something I'd say BS...

        Anywho someone sounds bitter because they got their dad's old Fiero when they where 17 huh axle? :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        I got a lightly optioned (sport package, iPod, cold weather) 08 135i with a 15k downpayment and I'm paying $400 a month. Saving 15k after 4 years isn't that hard...it just took some self control.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i call BS, sorry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Boxster engine's not in the boot. It's a mid-engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice work kid! Hopefully you researched the RMS and IMS failures common to water cooled Porsches of this vintage. Obtaining a Porsche may be financially feasible, however, owning one is more of a financial commitment. I am a big Porsche enthusiast and it is this fact that has kept me in the non-Porsche owner category. A Porsche does not do much good if it just sits there! Best of luck to this master of bartering!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha I think thats why he wants to get rid of it already. He said he wants to get an Escalade next.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here you go... if someone say [s]he can't afford Porsche, is just too stupid lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now he'll have to trade his penis for a Vejayjay.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the best part of the story........... he spends a fortune on car repairs and maintenance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's insane. I'm sick with envy. Although I wonder how much time it took to do all of those trades. Probably a longgg time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It took two years of his time to get a beat up Boxster that had an asking price of $9000. Not to mention he's now looking to dump it becase he doesn't have the money to keep it running. Makes for good hit fodder but he would probably have come out ahead working at Burger King.
        • 4 Years Ago
        2 years
        • 4 Years Ago
        "He probably would have come out ahead working at Burger King."

        Actually not that far ahead. Assuming a 20 hour work week for a PT job at the King, at 50 weeks of employment a year, for 2 years, that's:

        100 X 20 X 7.25 (federal minimum, could be higher) = $14,500

        Minus his tax liability at around 18% and his net pay is 11,890.
        • 4 Years Ago
        and why would you want to work for the man for that kind of cash? I'm sure he learned far more from all those trades then he could have learned from flipping burgers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A little longer than it took to read the article.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a friend that spends half his day on craiglist buying and selling jeep parts, its called smart negotiating.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He didn't 'swap a phone for a car'!! Did you guys even read or watch the story?

        And I hope Ford is dumping cash in your laps as that asinine sized banner at the top of the site is, well, asinine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why did they use the photo of a brand spanking new Nexus One as the picture of an old cell phone? Really?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not everyone can work at the drive thru Alta dena under the table, guys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Italian exotic?? Come-on, it's a Porsche!!! How is Porsche Italian?
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