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Handing car back - what a faff!

KenL Aug 7, 2019

  1. AlS3BE

    AlS3BE Well-Known Member

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    that’s why I VT’d my car instead of handing back. Done the VT a month before the end as I didn’t want that argument of car needing serviced and needs MOT, tyres, wipers etc.
    Worked out quite well for me as my vt was on 23rd of month and direct debit payment was due on 27th so didn’t have to pay August month or September which made the deposit for the new car.
     
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  3. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group S-line owners group saloon Audi A4

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    It's probably just a standard letter they send out to everyone. Perhaps you are perceiving the 'hreats' to highly..
     
  4. KenL

    KenL Well-Known Member

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    Get it changed to long life at next service then it is ~18k miles between oil change if you drive sensibly.

    My car is due second oil & inspection in 1200 miles and it has covered 35k miles. I will not be paying for it when it goes back on Tuesday.
     
  5. S32B

    S32B Well-Known Member Audi A5 S tronic Coupe

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    How many days until it's due though? Normally a warning pops up at 30 days.
     
  6. KenL

    KenL Well-Known Member

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    Over 100 days.
     
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  7. KenL

    KenL Well-Known Member

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    Success!

    Car collected today and no bill to pay, except that Audi may come back and ask for about £200 for mileage.

    He told me a story of an A3 he collected recently that would be billed for £2700 as all the alloys were wrecked and there were dents and scrapes on numerous places.

    So, that's the end of my journey with Audi. It has been a good dependable car with no faults at all. In 36k miles all it cost me is £140 for a service (price matched) at 19k miles. About £140 for two tyres and £40 to get one alloy refurbed.

    The 1.0tfsi averaged 52mpg over this time and could easily get over 60mpg on a run.
     
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  8. Chris4410

    Chris4410 Well-Known Member Team Glacier Audi S3 Audi TT saloon Audi A5 quattro Black Edition

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    If you are over your agreed mileage Audi will come looking for it, took about 3 weeks after the car was collected for them to send me the bill. Just a case of phoning Audi finance and paying over the phone.
     
  9. KenL

    KenL Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I am happy to pay if I have to.
     
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  10. KenL

    KenL Well-Known Member

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    Two weeks since I handed the A3 back and the date of my monthly payment today. They have taken £10 from my account today for an admin fee which I was aware of.

    They've not yet been in touch regarding the £200 or so for mileage, fingers crossed they have forgotten about it.

    Still no ST as it has been delayed in shipping!
     
  11. txosbi

    txosbi Active Member Team Sepang Audi RS3 Audi S3 quattro

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    KenL, is it a Fiesta or Focus ST? I'd be interested in your thoughts when you get it.
    Steve.
     
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  13. KenL

    KenL Well-Known Member

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    Fiesta ST. Focus looks good but it is very expensive.
     
  14. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! S3 Saloon Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue

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    This version of the focus is probably the least attractive of any ST previously and dare l say it....the poorest build quality as well and the most expensive.....wont see many around until Ford start discounts
    The Focus ST used to the main rival to the Golf and VXR astra things have somewhat changed now....in that the focus ain't a rival to a golf anymore it's the koreans that are the Focus rivals .....
     
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  15. KenL

    KenL Well-Known Member

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    I'm no expert but surely the latest Focus is surely better inside than the last one?
     
  16. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! S3 Saloon Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue

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    Having had one previously and now my sister has the new one...they're are a few difference even down to how the doors sound when you close them, very little difference between a focus and Fiesta inside now and that shouldn't be the case considering the price of a Focus ST
    MY Focus ST3 had lovely Windsor leather on the front seats on par with Audis leather that's been replaced with Faux leather and Alcantara just a example
     
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  17. KenL

    KenL Well-Known Member

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    Infotainment is more reasonable now if you can live with a touch screen.
     
  18. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! S3 Saloon Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue

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    Yes it is l agree but I steer clear of the touchscreen as much as possible by using the good voice command system and steering wheel buttons
     
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  19. S32B

    S32B Well-Known Member Audi A5 S tronic Coupe

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    Picked my sister up from Ford's the other week, she was having her Fiesta serviced. I got talking to the sales guy in there about the new ST Focus, even he said "It's over priced" :D When you think £30k a few years back would get you a decent S3 3 door.
     
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  20. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! S3 Saloon Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue

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    In 2015 a S3 sportback basic spec was just £34k and the saloon was just under £36k if my memory serves me right
     
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  21. wab172uk

    wab172uk Well-Known Member

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    You could aim that at other manufacturers too. Audi being the main culprit. Cheapening down, but increasing prices.

    My sister has a MKII focus, and that is cheap and nasty inside. The MK3 was just plain ugly, and even the RS looked awful. Lipstick on a pig.

    I like the Mk4 Focus, and think the new ST looks good, but very underwhelming from the outside, and very under the radar. They should have made it look more sporty. Blink and you'll miss it. I think the RS will be one hell of a car though.

    As for the focus being the main rival to the Golf and Astra? I never see any Astra VXR's around. Very few anyway. No one really buys a sporty VauxPoo these days. So I think the Focus is still a main rival. But there were certainly less MK3 ST's around compared to loads of MK2's you saw everywhere. I think due to price increases, and other manufacturers offering stupidly low PCP deals, this will have lowered sales of the Focus. Which would you rather have? A 247 bhp FWD Focus ST for £350 as month, or a 300bhp Golf R for only £300 a month? No brainer. That's why Golf R's are everywhere. And it's not just VW either.

    Plus, the younger generation don't want to be seen in a Ford, or a Vauxpoo. They want to be seen in Audi, VW, Mercs etc. They look better when uploading photo's on Insta, and having to have something better than their peers. There is a young lass round the corner from me. Passed her test, and (I assume) given a Ford Ka off her parents. Perfect car for a young 17 year old lass. Less than 2 years later, she turned up in a Merc C-Class. 18-19 year old lass in a bl**dy C-Class. When I was 18 I had a clapped out Mk1 Fiesta 1.3 Chia. At that age any idea's of owning an Audi, BMW, or a Merc was pipe dreams. You worked your way up the ladder over years to even think about affording one. Now? PCP brings that type of car to the 18 year olds.

    For me, that is what's killing the sporty Focus and Astra.
     
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  22. S32B

    S32B Well-Known Member Audi A5 S tronic Coupe

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    No VXR's as they no longer build them, the best you can get is the SRi which looks like any other Astra/Corsa.

    Fully agree on the social media to blame...and not just for cars! We were talking last night after seeing a thing pop up on TV about taking time out to talk, kids don't talk because they are too busy with their heads in the phone on social media trying to get one up on their mates. I feel sorry for young girls who aren't as good looking or as popular as other girls they are hanging around with, the pressure on them to look like 'reality stars' and to always be posing/posting stuff up must be horrific.
    I was sitting at the lights the other day and there was a young guy in the barbers getting his beard trimmed, he had his phone held up taking a selfie!!! I said I bet that's for social media, a lot of young people these days can't take a dump without doing a selfie and posting about it...their worlds are 6 inch x 3 inch....it's sad.

    For me at 17 a Mini, 18 a 5 years old Astra and I thought that I was doing well with that :p, 20 Opel Manta GTE coupe...loads after that, but my first brand new car was at 27 :)
     
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  23. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! S3 Saloon Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue

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    I know they don't manufacture the VXR GTC anymore but only a few years back the 3 hottest hatches available where the Ford,VXR,GTI
    I dont do social media but if followers of it want to get themselves up to the eyeballs in debt that's their own business and l wont stand upon my Soapbox and preach otherwise
    I actually thought the VXR gtc was one of Vauxhall's better attempts at a hot hatch good looking car if somewhat heavier than its counterparts
     
  24. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! S3 Saloon Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue

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    I would and did have a 247 Bhp Ford Focus ST3 Mk3 overall a nice car and the only car to date that was in equity when l sold it on by £2700 may l add.
    The M2 Focus RS Which you think is ugly is a modern day classic with higher residuals than any Audi,VW to date
     
  25. S32B

    S32B Well-Known Member Audi A5 S tronic Coupe

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    It was, mate of mine had one a few months back (wow just looked it was last December :blink:), I helped him sell it...I even put an add on here: https://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threads/2017-67-vauxhall-astra-gtc-vxr.382104/ he had it a year and then made a few grand on it :)
     
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  26. wab172uk

    wab172uk Well-Known Member

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    But you're not of the generation I'm referring to. I'm referring to young 18-30 year olds who put badge and image above everything else, because social media means they have to be seen to be relevant. And showing yourself in a Focus ST is not what these people want to see. Being seen in a Merc is far better.

    The Focus RS I was referring, was the MK3. Not the MK2. And yes, the MK2 is (I don't know why) becoming rather expensive. Here is a £65,000 RS500 for sale.

    http://www.appreciating-classics.com/car/focus-rs500-2k-miles/

    I personally don't see the hype with the MK2 RS. Quick, yes, but should have had AWD. And sticking a RS500 badge on it is sacrilege to the Sierra RS500, which was a homologation special. It's no Cosworth. For £65,000 I'd be buying a Escort Cosworth
     
  27. Jcbmally

    Jcbmally Started with nothing & still have most of it left. X3 M-Sport Glacier Silver

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    WOW :scared2:
    IMO no way is it a classic or worth 65k. Buy the more iconic Escort Cosworth and have change.
    EDIT: This one, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ex-Conco...019451?hash=item33f8791efb:g:pBIAAOSwn91b2ei1
     
  28. KenL

    KenL Well-Known Member

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    If 18 year olds want to be seen in a Merc that's enough for me not to want one!
     
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  29. pburv

    pburv Well-Known Member Team Glacier Audi S3 saloon quattro DSG

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    Just this month I paid off on my S3. Looking at the going rate of these cars on the Trader I reckon I have a few K,s of equity in it?
     
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  30. KenL

    KenL Well-Known Member

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    Are you taking into account their few £k profit?
     
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  31. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! S3 Saloon Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue

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    Toying with the idea of a new car mate what do ya fancy
     
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  32. pburv

    pburv Well-Known Member Team Glacier Audi S3 saloon quattro DSG

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    I wish. They tried to tempt me into another s3 or even rs3 but didn,t come close on what I was willing to pay a month. Plus a rather offensive part ex price on my car.
    It,s only got 22k miles so will do me a while longer I reckon.
     
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  34. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! S3 Saloon Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue

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    Clever man **** trading it in mate,this time next year you'll be spoilt for choice l am keeping my car for another 2 years....which reminds me......2 years ago exactly l flew down to London to pick my car up and got lost on the way back up as the satnav wasn't set up properly lol 12 frickin hours driving
    So happy birthday to my Voodoo Audi lol
     
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  35. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! S3 Saloon Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue

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    How much for the Rs3 a month
     
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  36. pburv

    pburv Well-Known Member Team Glacier Audi S3 saloon quattro DSG

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    I wish. They tried to tempt me into another s3 or even rs3 but didn,t come close on what I was willing to pay a month. Plus a rather offensive part ex price on my car.
    It,s only got 22k miles so will do me a while longer I reckon.
    Never got as far on the monthlies with the Rs but wanted over £400 with equity on my car(£1800) as deposit on the s3 saloon.That's before any options came into play. needless to say the conversation with the sales guy only lasted about 30 minutes lol. From the start with my current car i was happy with a monthly rental of £273 and I couldn't quite get myself to pay the extra £200 plus a month extra for pretty much the same car. So maybe to get an extra kick out of my current car I might go down the modded route like our mate @Rob2k68 did with his . Don't get me wrong 300bhp aint bad but you know...............lol
     
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  37. pburv

    pburv Well-Known Member Team Glacier Audi S3 saloon quattro DSG

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    You should've looked me up on the way back buddy. Just say the word ond I will put the kettle on
     
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  38. pburv

    pburv Well-Known Member Team Glacier Audi S3 saloon quattro DSG

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    Yeah I suppose so..Having said that there are a few selling private for more than what my settlement figure was.
     
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  39. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! S3 Saloon Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue

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    A gif ...now l ain't laid eyes on one them... on here....since the last time ye poked yer nose in on the forum...@Rob2k68 is driving what looks like a Nissan but only it's got a Mercedes badge stuck....on it..lol serial car changer he is
     
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  40. KenL

    KenL Well-Known Member

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    Collect my new Fiesta ST2 on Monday.

    My insurance cost has gone down by £3 per month for the remainder of my current deal from my 1.0TFSI A3 SE - amazing.
     
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  41. Flying Scotsman

    Flying Scotsman Well-Known Member Team Ara Blue Audi S3 saloon

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    The same for me, mine will be 3 years old in Feb 2018 and I will keep it another year....nothing floats my boat with the current crop of cars and I own title of the car...no monthlies, which is very nice place to be!
     
  42. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! S3 Saloon Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue

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    Fiesta will have cheaper repair costs
     
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  43. pburv

    pburv Well-Known Member Team Glacier Audi S3 saloon quattro DSG

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    Just like the good old days eh! lol

    So @Rob2k68 has gone then?:sadlike:
     
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