About Us

We ARE car people through and through; we LOVE what we do here!

Your Trusted Marque Expert

Sadly, many in our line of work are just here for the paycheck. We are HERE because we truly LOVE helping our customers have an amazing experience with their cars. This isn’t always easy, but we pride ourselves in educating our clients on the various models, known issues, and how a given vehicle may or may not be the best fit. Simply selling a car is not what we are after; we are after selling you the RIGHT car! This starts with our discriminating selection of what even meets our "CVLC Standard", then moves to our in-depth reconditioning process, and ends when the car finds a home with the right owner.

Meet Nathan Merz, Our Founder

Nathan Merz, a dedicated Porsche enthusiast, is the proud owner of Columbia Valley Luxury Cars in Redmond, Washington. With an insatiable passion for Porsches, he immerses himself in understanding every model intricately. Annually, Nathan facilitates the buying and selling of over 100 special Porsches, boasting a diverse collection spanning various models and generations. He prioritizes all-original, true #1-condition examples, showcasing his expertise in valuation and authentication.

Jumar Newman, Sales and Operations

Jumar eats, breathes, and sleeps cars. He is a natural fit at CVLC, sharing a discriminating eye and a penchant for perfectionism. He strives to make sure each of our cars is head and shoulders better than the rest. He doesn’t rest until they meet "the standard".

Book nathan for Speaking Engagements

Nathan is now accepting inquiries for speaking opportunities. Contact us to see if he can schedule your car event or keynote today.

Voice for Porsche Education

Nathan's extensive knowledge and insights extend beyond his dealership; you can find his engaging content on YouTube, as well as across various social media platforms. Notably, on YouTube Nathan has created comprehensive Porsche model guides developed in collaboration with the Porsche Club of America, a showcase of his understanding and dedication to education within the Porsche community.

Additionally, his expertise is recognized in prominent publications such as Porsche Panorama, Avants, and Spiel magazines. He is a sought-after guest on industry panels, auction discussions, and PCA Tech Tactics events, further solidifying his reputation as a trusted authority in the Porsche community. 

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Live on BaT RIGHT NOW, this final year 997.2 Turbo S is running NO RESERVE! Check it out, provide some fun (or even snarky if you are feeling like channeling your inner BaT Karen style 🤣) comments. Auction week is always fun around here!

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Here is my latest "Read" on Bring A Trailer's April 2024 Sales Results.. Here is what they posted: • 3,497 Listings (+ 21% increase in listing volume vs. Jan 2024!) • 1,530 No Reserve Listings • 80% Sale Rate But as you know, one has to DIG Deeper into the data as the sale rate is skewed by the No Reserve Sales, so here is the real data: • 1,967 Listings w/ Reserves • 1,267 “SOLD” (remember sold doesn’t actually always mean transacted…) • 64.4% Sale Rate for Reserve Cars How does this compare: • January 2024- 2,891 listings Reserve Sell thru rate 64.4% • June 2023: 3,100 listings Reserve Sell thru rate: 63.7% • September 2023- 3,480 listings Reserve Sell thru rate 67% Key Takeaways: •Price and presentation MATTER, when one analyzes the “BID TO” Reserve Not Met auctions two trends are VERY clear… #1 the seller’s expectation for price exceeded the current market value or #2 their presentation was lacking in some fashion (poor seller engagement, lacking key pieces of information, poor photo quality or many times, all of the above!). The most successful sellers are those who know the art of the presentation and have real world pricing expectations. • The “noise” out there is that more and more cars are NOT making reserve… the data says otherwise, in fact it has held at a steady mid 60% range for the past year, • The volume of cars had dropped in January but it is back at record numbers, showing that the platform is currently the go to place to list your collector/special interest car. That doesn’t mean it is the right fit for you or every car…. • IF you are thinking of selling your Porsche on Bring a Trailer, please reach out and I will give you an honest assessment of whether or not it is a good fit… believe it or not, while I am very successful on BaT, I sell the VAST majority of my cars OFF of BaT…..

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