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Suggestions where to find the right A3?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by johnsnow, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. johnsnow
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    Ive been looking for about a month now for a 05 facelift A3 2.0 TDI Sport/SE in any colour aoround the 7.5k mark. Ive been looking on:

    Autotrader - seems good although not many on and asking prices vary wildly
    Pistonheads - most seem priced right just slim on numbers for the spec im after or mostly down south (im in the NW area)
    Ebay - Cat D's and generally b**gered from what I can make out

    Im just wondering where else i should be looking? Suggestions much appreciated
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    does it have to be 05 facelift
    I have a late 04 on 54 plate in the classifieds
    its a sport -
    and its a good one
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    You have a PM
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    Anyone bought from an auction? Any tips?
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    FranA3 events moderator Regional Rep

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    if your going to buy from auction just check the car over properly and that all the paperwork checks out properly the usual stuff when buying a car really and check where it has come from private seller/ motor trader etc...
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    Sarah's A3 MODERATOR V6 S3 Hybrid Moderator

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    We went to the auctions a bit back, at that time tbh they wernt much cheaper! As Fran said, check them out though!
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    what should i be looking for in the paperwork?
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    that all the vin numbers reg plate in the service book etc.. are all the same might also be worth checking if its not a insurance right off, not stolen, not on finance etc.. u can do this by hpi checking it it does cost a little bit cant remember off hand but its worth doing because you dont know the car history or on a tv addvert they say to put in a cars reg number and it tells you this
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    cars at auction all get hpi checked by the auction,buy one which has 'sold with nmmr (no major mechanical defects) these cars are sold to you,then you have 1 hour test drive and if any major mechanical defects are found you get your money back !
    All you got do is check the overall condition......only worth buying if its at least £500+ cheaper than elsewhere,(imo) otherwise buy private check vin and do hpi.Hope this helps.
    What mileage ,3 or 5 door you after?
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    That's great advice vw754 and good to know for future reference.
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    Don't forget that, at least at BCA, you have to pay some sort of indemnity fee and/or buyer's premium.

    I got mine through Autotrader, from a Seat/Jaguar and one or two others main dealer chain so I got a proper main dealer warranty but didn't pay Audi Approved used prices.
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