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2018 S3 Van ordered

Lehn Jul 19, 2017

  1. Lehn

    Lehn The van man

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    Hi All

    First post here on the forum and first Audi for me, coming from a 2012 BMW 120d M Sport. I'm looking forward to spend a lot of time on this forum :racer:

    First you might wonder why I have written "van" in the headline. It's because I have ordered what in Denmark is described as a Van which means you get rid of the backseats which changes the registration tax from 150% to "only" 50%. Because of the ridiculously high car prices here I saved £48.000 by choosing a Van model instead of a normal 5 seat hatchback.

    The final price for the car is around £60.000 and that is with a £11.000 discount (You don't move to Denmark because of the car prices!).

    The basic car is without any extras and Audi Denmark doesn't provide any equipment packages for such car so I had to check every single box.

    I will pick up the car 02-10-2017 and the waiting time is killing me!

    Now for the specs:
    • Daytona Grey
    • S-Tronic
    • Bang & Olufsen Sound System (You got to have this as a Dane)
    • Magnetic Ride
    • Matrix LED headlights
    • Virtual Cockpit
    • MMI Navigation Plus
    • Smartphone Interface
    • Advanced key
    • Cruise Control
    • Panoramic glass sunroof
    • Privacy glass
    • Door mirrors (folding)
    • Heated front seats
    • 4-way electric lumbar support
    • Flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddles
    • LED Interior Lighting Pack
    • Parking System Plus
    • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
     
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  3. Bitzieee

    Bitzieee Registered User

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    Wow, are insurance prices are dear over there too?
     
  4. Mark Anthony

    Mark Anthony Registered User

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    This is a joke! Poor guy!

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    Lehn The van man

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    Yep! However I was lucky to get a very good price through my bank so I only pay £850 a year. That price will be at least doubled if you don't have a special agreement as I have. But it may be due to the fact that I'm only 27 and only have 4 years of experience with own car.
     
  6. Mark Anthony

    Mark Anthony Registered User

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    What is the average salary in denmark?

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    Lehn The van man

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    Around £35.000 a year before taxes. But as a civil engineer I earn a bit more than that - without going into details :hi: Life is too short for boring cars, even in Denmark.
     
  8. burnsy79

    burnsy79 2017 S3 Sportback Driver

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    Congrats on the new car! Beer prices aren't any better over there either?! I was in Herning a few years back (8 years actually) and it was about 100croner a beer!
     
  9. peter-d-w

    peter-d-w Registered User

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    Nice van!

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    Lehn The van man

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    Thank you so much!

    It's a small world - I have lived the first 23 years of my life in Herning.

    I hope it wasn't just a Carlsberg then. A normal Pilsner will set you back 40kr (£5) at a non-fancy bar :beermug:
     
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    TYb Registered User

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    That sounds like normal beer prices where I live, Cheltenham is extortionate these days.
     
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    Cheltenham is very nice though. My Grandfather lives there, you usually find a pint for £3 in my area, (preston/chorley) or £3.50 if you go to the right place!
     
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    Lehn The van man

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    I already love this forum! Discussions about cars and beers, what more can you ask for?
     
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  15. jassyo06

    jassyo06 T-Cut King !

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    Vantastic Spec mate and welcome to the forum lol
     
  16. Bitzieee

    Bitzieee Registered User

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    Women?
     
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    Lehn The van man

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    No such thing is to be mixed with cars and beer...
     
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    Bitzieee Registered User

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    I think the three were made to be enjoyed separately. Sure its written somewhere in the mens book of life?
     
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  19. RAF_S7

    RAF_S7 Well-Known Member Gold Supporter

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    There is a Belgian guy (on another forum) who turned his 2016 S6 Avant into a van (removed rear seats, covered over windows etc.) dropped his tax band like 70%

    Anything is doable when you put your mind to it :racer:
     
  20. Audi Bairn

    Audi Bairn Moderator Staff Member Moderator Gold Supporter

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    I think @Sandra @EmmaJ and some of our other valued female members may be along shortly to "welcome" you mate lol

    I've never been to Denmark, but I imagine it to be an extremely nice place to visit.

    But, due to the car policies, I'd have to emigrate if was resident there mate lol

    :sign welcome: and look forward to seeing your car, especially the altered interior :yes:
     
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  21. Sandra

    Sandra Administrator Staff Member Administrator Platinum Supporter Audi Main Dealer

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    @Lehn welcome to audi-sport.net. Nice spec you have there, we look forward to some pics. Enjoy the forum. :)
     
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    Lehn The van man

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    @Audi Bairn Thank you so much but did you really have to tag @Sandra @EmmaJ ? :whistle2: I think it's a little early for me to make enemies...
    And Denmark is a nice place but a tad expensive if you're not from Norway or Switzerland. I'll make sure to post some pictures in this thread as soon as I get the car.

    @Sandra And also thank you to you :hi:
     
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    So basically you're getting a sportback with only 2 seats? I didn't even know this was possible. :D
     
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  24. Sandra

    Sandra Administrator Staff Member Administrator Platinum Supporter Audi Main Dealer

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    Lol, I'm the happiest helpful person.
     
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  25. burnsy79

    burnsy79 2017 S3 Sportback Driver

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    Aw that's cool! It was in a burger place with food?? We spent a little time in The Fox And Hound (Scottish but not Scottish theme bar). That was expensive at the time but nice.

    I loved it there, couldn't get my head round how flat it was around that area!
     
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    EmmaJ Well-Known Member Gold Supporter

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    Welcome aboard! I'm sure you'll love the van and it'll be a big step up from your old BME oil burner :)

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  27. Audi Bairn

    Audi Bairn Moderator Staff Member Moderator Gold Supporter

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    Well rescued @Lehn ha ha! :salute:
     
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    Lehn The van man

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    If I had £1 for every time I had been ****** at Fox And Hounds I would be a millionaire today! It's a really nice place and I actually believed it was a proper Scottish themed bar until now - the more you know.

    And yep Herning is as flat as a pancake. The highest point in Denmark is 147m and is called Himmelbjerget (The sky mountain), it's a freaking joke :stupid:
     
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    burnsy79 2017 S3 Sportback Driver

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    Ha ha, it's even the name, sounds more suited to the English really. Must say if we had a Danish theme bar in Glasgow or Edinburgh we'd probably get it very very wrong. It does have a lot of whiskies though! Needs more tartan, scotty dogs, jimmy hats, deer heads and extremely drunken people!

    Yep, no snowboarding there for you guys... although you can drive to Sweden to do that!
     
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  30. PanamaS3

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    welcome to the forum @Lehn !!
    your car sounds interesting....there's a few performance modders on here who follow your lead but don't get any tax breaks I'm sure lol....at least it will make your car quicker...and you'd best tell your drunk mates about it before they jump in the back on the way back from the pub :)
     
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  31. RichardT

    RichardT Registered User

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    So what's the process. Does the dealer take out the seats before delivery, or does Audi manufacture like that.
    Do you have to black out the side windows? What's to stop you sneaking some seats in afterwards?

    We used to have a tax break on "vans" in England. You'd get people blacking out the windows. I don't think you had to take out the seats though.

    You can still get a vat saving I think for a work vehicle, but you have to have signage on the outside.
     
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    Lehn The van man

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    Audi Denmark gets the car from the factory as you get it in the UK. Then they hand it over to a company which is specialised in building the car to a van model. The procedure is to remove the seats, remove seat belts, glue the rear windows and then mount a safety plate behind the front seat (normally acrylic glass ). The bottom of the boot will be build up on a steel frame to be completely flat.

    The windows don't have to be tinted but since I'm going to have two big dogs (Ridgebacks) in the boot it's nicer for them to have it in the summer plus I think it suits the car.

    What stops me from sneaking in some seats afterwards is the consequences of getting caught. In my case it would be to pay the £48.000 registration tax I didn't paid in the first place plus a fine of around £10.000. You don't mess with the tax system in Denmark :busted cop::blahblah1:

    And regarding the vat saving for a work vehicle its the same here in Denmark. A van can actually be registered for both private and work use. The vat saving is then calculated based on how much you use the vehicle for work e.g. 50/50.
     
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    I find this an amazing process! How wide spread is it
     
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    Lehn The van man

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    Its actually very widespread. You often see big cars such as Audi SQ5, Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 as vans.

    You can distinguish the cars by their license plate.

    Top: Normal license plate
    Middle: Work license plate
    Bottom: Van license plate

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  36. Audi Bairn

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    Wow! I thought you just removed the seats, but it's actually is made into a van.
    Learned something new there.
    You'll hear the exhaust note better (there's a guy at work here in a 135i who drive with his back seats folded down just for that reason!).
     
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    Lehn The van man

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    Yep, it's actually not a bad thing to get a van since you have a very usable and spacey boot - and more real sound.

    The first thing I'll do is to code out the fake sound and then get a BCS resonator delete. I think the sound will be amazing!
     
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    This would be too funny if this was a wind-up thread. :)
     
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  39. THQuattro

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    Cant wait to see it mate.
     
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    Lehn The van man

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    Delivery date changed from monday 02-10-2017 to friday 29-09-2017 - YES!! Now I got the weekend for some running in and detailing :sign yum:
     
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  41. ACWKGYTO

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    Im going for the S3 Hearse next !
     
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    Lehn The van man

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    Should I understand this as there isn't room for a corpse in a S3 Van? I have to talk with the seller at Audi again then...
     
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    Too many Scandinavian crime thrillers ! :)
     

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