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How over-the-top are main dealer used prices for S3s?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by ratbag, Aug 2, 2010.

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    On Saturday I'm going to look at an S3 at a main dealer. It's done ~2000 miles, belonged to VW-Audi group internally, registered at the start of this year and with a pretty good spec (Sprint Blue SB, S-tronic, AMI, Bose, adaptive lights, magnetic, cruise, DVD satnav, light and rain, phone prep low, heated steering wheel, roof rails - basically the exact spec I want, but today rather than 5 months from now...).

    They want 32k for it and I'm finding it difficult to get a feel for what the price should be, since Parker's etc. only get interested when the car is about 10 months old. If it was a private sale it would be well under 30k, I suspect, low mileage notwithstanding.

    Any help would be appreciated. Now back to detailing my MINI to within an inch of its life.

    Rob.
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    I will let the others give you an indication on price but I would be questioning what the car has been doing beloning to VW-Audi group.....


    Press car? Loan Car? Company car?
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    Heated steering wheel eh? Thats worth 32k alone! Is it 3d or 5d?

    I ordered my new S3 BE SB S-Tronic which is to be delivered in September as a 60 plate. It's Phantom Black with FTWI, Adaptive and high beam assist, Comfort Pack, Interior Light Pack, Tech Pack and First Aid Kit (the missus's idea!) - I got that for 31k.

    Now if it has been within the group I would suggest you could knock quite a lot off it as they bought it cheap and its not as if its a part exchange where they need to make some money on?
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    They gave me a spiel about it being used effectively as a company car for someone within the wider group. No way to verify it, I guess.
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    SB. The steering wheel piqued my curiosity as well! Not an option I knew existed and certainly not one that I'd want. Cooled wheel and seats would be much more useful gadgets.
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    2000 miles of pure unadulterated hammering I bet, many times from a cold start. A free S3, only to be kept for a few months.... I know I would.
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    That was my thoughts on it Aythreee....

    I mean if you onl keep it in warrenty I guess it's not an issue.....

    I guess tyre and brake condition might tell you whats what....
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    It's obviously been spec'd up by Audi for some reason. The heated steering wheel is an option in some countries but not in the UK. Audi do sell quite a number of various models that they have had for their own use through dealers. It's quite normal.

    Personally I would much rather buy a car of that sort of price through a dealer than a private sale. If it's a private sale there is always the possibility it's been stolen!
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    Dave, there are pros and cons of buy from either.....

    If it's a one owner car that you can go and see where it's lived and what the owner is like, I think it can be a positive especially as you know if anything is wrong it's under warrenty anyway! You can check that it's not stolen before parting with your dosh.

    The only issue with a 2k S3 car is that it's the kind of car that could see abuse.......
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    Yeah I agree. A privately owned car, and especially one that costs £30k, will more than likely looked after by the owner. Whereas a £30k high performance car given to someone gratis for a few months.... caned!


    Example: My boss comes up to me and gives me a brand new S3......

    I drive slowly away from building until out of site, then.....

    ........it's revved to death, from every set of traffic lights, everytime. Even when up against Vauxhall Novas.
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    ive found dealership prices for the s3 on afverage to be 2-4k over to book value regardless of age condition and spec, id offer them no more than 30k for it
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    True, but on a second-hand car that's only a starting point!!

    I used to work with a lady who's husband used to regularly purchased second-hand cars direct from Audi and he never had any problems. All were very low mileage and less than a year old.
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    warning 192 will have his ibis s3 sport back up for sale soon might be worth a look at as its in mint condition .
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    Dealers often seem to charge a premium for nearly new cars, too many people not prepared to wait.
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    Thanks for all your input. I've cancelled the test drive. They wouldn't budge more than a few hundred. If anyone else wants to look at it, it's at Hatfield.
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    I'll have mine for sale soon if you're interested. PM me
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