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Questions about buying a 1.8T.

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by jbw, Aug 8, 2005.

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    [Aug 8, 2005]
    I'm considering selling my 1.6 a3 and getting a 1.8T a3 but I'm in need of getting a couple of questions answered before I get serious about it.

    1, Should I go on Parkers and What Car valuations when pricing a 2nd hand car?

    2, What sort of price should I be expecting to pay for an a3 1.8T?

    3, Is it worth going to a dealer to buy rather than private? Is the dealer warranty likely to save me money?

    4, Is a dealers likely to take a car as part ex. if it's been modified? All asthetic stuff - lowered, 18" alloys, colour matched bumpers.

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    check auto trader nationally for a good est on prices, dealers wont be bothered too much about the mods if they notice them at all. they may use it as an excuse to offer a lower price but try selling it yourself.
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    Yeah check the AutoTrader website and http://www.parkers.co.uk for guide prices.

    I went to a dealer for my S3. The extra money has been worth every penny because I have used the warranty quite a bit (nothing serious though). The peace of mind you get at a dealer is worth the extra too.

    They'll probably still take a modded car as part-ex - they usually sell them on to independent dealers anyway (unless it's less than a couple of years old).

    Good luck.
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    [Aug 9, 2005]
    I still have to think this over. To get a decent 1.8T I think i'll be looking at around £9000+. Not sure I want to spend that much cash.
    What, exactly, does an audi warranty cover? I presume it won't cover the hefty servicing bills they love to hand out? And how long does it last? I've had my car 1yr and spent about £1000 on it:
    New alarm battery, new tyres, new disks and pads.
    Woud all these things have been covered by a warranty?

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    What do you consider decent? You looking for low mileage and facelift model?

    I am (probably) going to sell my 1.8T in the next few months, and with 79k miles, leather, climate, 6cd, etc, I would expect to get around 6500 for it if sold privately.

    It's still a fantastic car and we are selling for space reasons only, so I wouldn't be put off by mileages that most cars would disintegrate at. I used to have French cars and no way would I keep one beyond 70 or 80k even back in those impoverished student days.

    I've just had front shocks and some bushes done and I would now expect just fairly routine work for the next 30k miles really (hence the reason we're not really sure whether to sell!)
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    I've had my car 1yr and spent about £1000 on it:
    New alarm battery, new tyres, new disks and pads.
    Woud all these things have been covered by a warranty?



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    Tyres and brakes replaced under warranty? Sounds like my idea of heaven! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif
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    [Aug 10, 2005]
    By decent I mean lower miles. I would want an 8L, I think. The newer models don't look so good (IMHO).
    My 1.6 is coming up to 66k miles and runs fine but I don't like the idea of buying a new car with more miles on the clock.
    I'm not very car literate (as you might have guessed) but that seems like I'd be throwing money away?

    Kellerman - so the only thing they would have covered in the warranty would have been the alarm horn and battery (the cheapest thing on the list). So all I would gain from getting a car on the audi approved programme would be if the engine fell out I'd get it sorted under warranty. Does it cover climate control? My old man recently bought a volvo and the air-con packed up, cost him £800 to have it fixed!

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    [Aug 10, 2005]
    The Audi warranty covers everything that is not consumable.. ie tyres, exhausts, brake pads etc. So you'll often find its the expensive stuff thats covered.
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    [Aug 10, 2005]
    Soz PaulMac, you're car is too expensive for me! Am gonna sit tight over the next month and just keep an eye out on prices.

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