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To keep or sell?

LukeHawk May 26, 2020

  1. LukeHawk

    LukeHawk Registered User

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    Hey guys,

    So I need some help with a decision.

    My Audi will be coming to the end of its service plan/warranty early next year. I do like the car, but I'm also not against the idea of getting something different to potentially keep for the long haul.

    Is it risky of me to keep the car once its out of plan? I mean anything could happen. One day the virtual cockpit stops working, and costs a bunch to fix, or any such thing. I'm feeling a bit nervous about this, as well as the general maintenance costs.
    Or should I rather sell before the plan expires and get the most cash out of the sale while I still can?

    Also, is there some sort of guide for DIY A4 B9 maintenance I can check through for how to do a lot of the work myself, as well as identify potential issues? Thanks.
     
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  3. SiPie

    SiPie Registered User

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    If you like the car and it’s behaved since you bought it then extend the warranty.
     
  4. Baj257

    Baj257 Registered User

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    If you’re still happy with it keep it. If nothing major has gone wrong then I’d say you have a keeper. I’m planning on having mine for 10 years, so far so good 2 years in. I do roughly 25k a year.


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  5. blackb9er

    blackb9er Registered User

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    This ^

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  6. Mr Olympik

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    If your car is sub 60k on the clock then the extended warranty is around £500 per year I think? Which is nothing in the grand scheme? it goes up to £800-£900 over 60k.

    On a side note but still related. My car is out of warranty and I was pondering things such as the aforementioned VC malfunction, I think if it was to go wrong on a relatively new car, I'd push for this to be repaired on goodwill.
    You need to fight for your rights in today's disposable culture :)
     
  7. LukeHawk

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    I'm sitting on about 50k miles at the moment, and I've owned it for about 13k miles. So far its been completely hassle free. I wonder if thats enough time do get a good idea of the mechanical sound-ness of the vehicle.

    Also, Ive always felt like extended warranty is a bit of a gamble. You could be throwing away money if you claim, and nothing happens. It might be better off to take a lump some of cash and put it in a savings account, generating interest, but still available in case of an emergency.
     
  8. Mr Olympik

    Mr Olympik Registered User

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    Well, you have a spare couple of thousand to put into a savings account... who needs warranty? :)

    Consider the cost of things like a new S-Tronic gearbox, it’s around £10k-ish without labour.


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  9. SiPie

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    I’m just over 10k miles on a 2018 S4 Avant and had the thermostat housing fail this month. Quite a bit of la our and cost. I know I’ll be extending the warranty at the end of the year.
     
  10. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member

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    Keep and extend the warranty as I did, details here https://www.audi.co.uk/owners-area/warranty.html Also get yourself a service plan https://www.audi.co.uk/owners-area/service-plans.html
     
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  13. jds_sg

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    To be honest all modern cars are full of complex systems and all probably have strengths and weaknesses in regard to these. So if you were to change these risks would still remain once out of waranty. There are many good independent specialists in the country that specialise in certain brands too, and are almost always better value than main dealers. Might be good to see if there is one near to you as they could be useful even if you do extend the warranty.

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