Buying New - any advice please
I've had my 8L '03 S3 for nearly 3 years now and love it to bits. I'm feeling its time to change and I also feel like the current S3 power is a bit hit and miss at times these days (REVO mapped) so I've been pondering over a new 8P S3, or a 3.2 S-line. A 2nd hand S4 is probably in the same price bracket but I'm not sure about the mpg side of things there.
So, I started looking at the S3 with my options (Silver, Sat Nav, Light Pack, ipod console and a couple of others). It comes to around £31k !!!
Having never bought a brand new car before and nothing anywhere near this expensive I find it a bit scary and was just after some advice/pointers from any recent new owners (not just S3 owners).
Is it worth going for a brand new motor when there are a few ex-demo S3's beginning to appear ? Only seen one Silver model but thought maybe I could live with black or dolphin (same as current car). I might not get the extra's options I want but I could get the main ones already on. Prices on Audi.co.uk Used S3's dont seem much different to a new one !!
Is there a load of extra ££'s on the ROTR price on a new Audi that is not shown ? Is the ROTR I see on the audi (coonfigure your own) site pretty much what I'd expect to pay (can I get for much less ? or will there be big add-ons ?) I guess there's not much margin to haggle on the S3 price.
Are there any benefits buying brand new vs ex-demo ? Like anyone else, as soon as I put my money down I will want the car asap. Not sure I can wait the 3 months or so for it to arrive. I'd be scared to death of something happening to my p/x during that time.
I will want to be p/x'ing my current S3 ('03 40k) towards this new one. How does that work ? Will they offer me a cr@p px value because it would still be a few months off before the deal is complete ?? Ideally I'd be wanting around 12-13k for mine. Any advice here ? Should I threaten to walk away for the sake of say £500 on the p/x ? I'm not sure how flexible they'll be to give me a break.
At what point does the final balance get paid ? When it arrives ?
Any advice on PCP vs buying outright ? I'm thinking of using my part ex with some cash and a bank loan (6-7k) to pay for the new car. Bit of a sensitive subject and I dont mean to be nosey but how did you guys finance yours ?
Many thanks in advance for any advice. I'm having trouble sleeping - too many S3 thoughts racing around my mind :-)
A bit further ahead in the process than you....
I ordered two weeks ago. :)
New car cost is £31.8K list (sprint blue with lots of toys: sat nav, BOSE, 6 cd changer, armrest, flat bottom wheel, lumbar, light & rain pack, dimming & folding mirrors, parking sensors)
I managed to get an overnight test drive from them, that sealed it for me if the deal was good enough...
Managed to beat them down to a price of £30.3K (just under 5% discount). Took a good 2-3hours sat in the showroom on a Saturday afternoon.
I'm going to Part Ex my '02 S3 with just over 30K miles on it.
Got a price of £10800. :sorry:
Someone else on here has said factor in £3K for the dealer to put it back on the forecourt. Looking on the Audi used cars site models around my age were £14K - so not as good as I'd hoped but in line with the trade-in+£3K factor.
Financing mine through a personal loan. Got that arranged in time to avoid the interest rate increase that's almost inevitable next month. Also the loan has a 3month payment holiday.
Still waiting for a build date from the dealer.