yabeeb

Audi A3 - Did i get ripped off?

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Hello.

 

I just bought my first 'proper' car.  Its an Audi A3 1.6 TDI.  I was looking for ages for one with all the boxes ticked.  Then this one came along.  Its scuba blue, 2011, done 23,000 miles and has Bose, Bluetooth, Ipod, Parking Sensors.  EXACTLY what i was looking for and in absolutely mint condition.  I'm delighted with it. :grin:

 

However as i am a 33yr old female who has never bought a decent car before, let alone from an Audi dealer, I allowed my best mates bloke do the haggling on my behalf.  He couldn't be there so was doing it over the phone, posing as my bloke :secret:  so i think it all looked a bit suspect!

 

Anyway, what's bugging me is whether we should have haggled harder.  Basically, it was up for 14850 and we got it for 14130.  I was paying cash and because of that, there was less room to negotiate on purely reducing the price of the car (so that salesman said).  We didn't get anything extra on top of the price discount - just a full tank of diesel and a year's warranty with roadside assistance which i assume is standard.

 

What i want to know is, did we get a reasonable deal?  I am probably being foolish asking such a question because its immaterial now, but I have no experience of it and what is realistic and can't stop thinking 'what if'.  Its kind of spoiling the fact i've got a beautiful new car!!  

 

The Glass's Guide values it from a dealer at 14,710 so in that respect it was priced about right.  The sense I got was that they were not gonna let it go for 14000 as they'd only had it for 20 days and had held it for me for a week of that while I was on holiday. The reality was that, for various reasons, I wasn't willing to walk away on the day and needed to seal the deal.  

 

Final question is should i always get my new baby serviced at an Audi garage or just somewhere reputable?

 

Thanks 

Edited by yabeeb

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If you are happy with the price that's all that matters, I dare say a bit harder face to face haggling may have got a bit more off but probably not a lot.

As for servicing, you don't have to take it to Audi, any reputable garage will do, it's entirely up to you, a full set of Audi service stamps could make the car more desirable when you come to sell it, but won't necessarily add anything to the sale price.

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As above, you can use any garage to service the car.

 

Best bet is to find a decent Audi independent.

What's your location (town) as someone on here is bound to know a decent Audi indy you can use.

 

 

Welcome to TSN by the way!

Stick around!

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Best not to answer this one. :roflmao:

 

Tipex is right, if you're happy with the car - nothing else matters.+++

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Audi dealers are playing hardball by all accounts. Decent stock is rare.

I guess if you'd found a private seller you would have saved. A main dealer always sell at some premium to an indie, or a private.

For some that is a worthy comfort factor, a bit of overpricing v buying a lemon from Arthur Daily, well you made your choice. Enjoy the car.

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Thanks guys for your diplomatic responses :)

As long as I didn't get completely shafted I guess I can live with it.

I live in Sutton South London in case anyone can recommend a trustworthy independent audi person who can do servicing.

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Sorry, I am in the wild, flat lands up north so I cannot help.  But someone will................................  :grin:

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Welcome to tyresmoke Yabeeb :beer:

Try Dean from 4Rings, he is an ex Audi tech that setup on his own a few quite a few years back. He lives near Dartford but is mobile so will come to you, uses genuine parts and also stamps the book if you can find it :uhoh:

Quote a few people from here including me have used him for years.

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You usually pay more through an authorised dealer, but you do get a certain amount of re-assurance (checks/warranty etc).

 

You would expect a non main dealer to be cheaper, and a private seller to be cheaper still. And the likely pitfalls would increase at the same rate as the price decreases (i.e. if in the future it was reported stolen etc).

 

For that kind of car/money - I would go main dealer every time. 

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