By now you probably know my RS3 has departed and as there was some interest and discussion on the PX/trade prices on the classified thread for the car I thought I'd give the full story here (rather than continue on the classified thread area). If, as I know some are, you are keeping your RS3 long term this won't matter to you one bit but if you are thinking of moving on you might be interested. Cars are just toys to me so I accept the ups and downs as part of the game. This might not be a message you want to hear but of all the cars I've owned the RS3 has been by far the most difficult to sell. I did eventually find a motivated buyer and the car was sold within minutes but that took some effort on my part. Audi Cheek Lets start with Audi. There general attitude to the RS3 has been nothing short of cheek. The best offer for an Audi dealer for my car was £25k, the lowest from the dealership I bought the car from at £24k. These were some of the direct quotes from the Audi 'buyers': "These are rare for a reason, they don't sell" "We are scared of being stuck with the car, no one has looked twice at the one we've already got in stock" "The high tax band, poor fuel consumption and big engine puts people off" [Grrr....high tax band really!] "The options are worth nothing in terms of extra trade in price, you shouldn't have specced the car so highly" [It's OK I didn't...] "To be honest we don't want the car" - Well yes indeed thank you so much Cardiff Audi, 3rd and last ever Audi I will buy from you and more generally Audi. This was despite sitting with them while they valued the car and pulled up these PX figures on screen: GAP: £28,045 CAP: £28,225 (mileage adjusted, under average mileage added a few £££) ? Other: £26,985 [I didn't catch the name on this one] The Datsun dealer actually apologised to me "sorry I just don't understand what Audi are playing at with these offers" when he made the PX offer on the RS3 - you don't get that often! Other Offers: I've already spoken a bit about the other offers on the 20,000 mile thread. Luckily I've sold a few cars to traders before so I was able to get some independent offers. Even We Buy Any Car made a firm, viewed offer of £27,045 (plus the remaining tax refunded). All the offers were around this figure. I eventually did a little bit better but nothing spectacular. A Sweet Moment: I'm in the lucky position to be looking at some great replacements for the RS3 and the sweetest moment was looking at an R8 at one of the dealerships that had made cheeky comments about the RS3. We were getting all the sales la la and eventually started discussing the price. When the sales manager I'm afraid I couldn't resist asking: "So tell me, these R8s are they difficult to sell when the time comes because they have a high tax band, poor fuel consumption and a big engine." Stunned silence was the response, you could as good as see the penny dropping. We then had a short, loud chat about some of comments made about the RS3, valueless options and all the problems of the sports cars the showroom is full of. I understand a lot of car sales is about ego and arrogance but I'd want to treat my customers better and if I did hold these negative views I certainly wouldn't express them. I think needless to say we're not buying an R8. PX vs Selling: At this point I'm £5k up so far by selling and buying with no PX, the real point of this story is you are just so much better off selling than PXing. My sale price was over 3500 more than the highest PX offer. When I was PXing no one would offer any further discount on their cars either. Going back without the RS3 to PX everyone was willing to talk sensible discounts, just on the first deal I'm doing I got an additional £1500 discount. I will stick around the forum for a while because I think there are some great people here but it's highly unlikely I'll buy another Audi again the poor service was one thing but the lack of ability to sell their own halo brand cars ices the cake.