Trade-In Question

Discussion in 'Motorized Vehicles' started by TheArnski, Sep 19, 2012.

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  1. miro_gt

    miro_gt Notebook Deity

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    whenever you go to do trade-in, you'll get screwed, and it would be more than what you'd get screwed by buying new car from a dealership without the trade-in, so in other words you'd get screwed more than twice.

    I'd just keep driving the 300 if I were in the same situation. 5-year-old car is not an old car.
     
  2. ajkula66

    ajkula66 Courage and Consequence

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    Two things here:

    a) I thought you were looking to lower the cost of maintaining the vehicle. Audi/VW are not the way to accomplish that, not in this country anyway.

    b) GTi (as well as many similar vehicles) is one of the cars that people obtain with the idea of abusing the heck out of it in the first place...take it from someone who drove the first-generation-GTi thirty years ago...:D...so buying a used one is not something I'd recommend...

    Honestly, unless your Chrysler is an absolute lemon, I'd be sticking with it for quite some time...

    My $0.02 only...
     
  3. booboo12

    booboo12 Notebook Prophet

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    I do echo the other posters: Audi's and VW's aren't exactly the cheapest to maintain, indy shops will be cheaper than the dealer though.

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  4. TheArnski

    TheArnski Notebook Evangelist

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    As per usual, thank you all for your input! It's all still in speculation, but most of all your comments (as well as what others have told me) are really helping to make my mind up. I actually just cleaned my car today and every time I clean my car to bright and shiny, I always fall in love again. lol

    About the maintenance, now unless I'm mistaken, I heard for an oil change for an Audi, it's recommended to change oil every 10K for $100. At the moment, it's recommended I take my Chrysler in for service every 3k and it's about $40 for an oil change. By the time I hit 10K on my Chrysler, I've spent a little over $120 for service.
    *mind you this is just speaking in terms of taking your car into the dealership for an oil change, no other service
    *Yes, I take my car to the dealership for service, but only for record keeping purposes should the moment I decide to let my car go come
     
  5. booboo12

    booboo12 Notebook Prophet

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    Are you sure you need to take it in every 3k?

    edit: nvm, just read the manual online, 3k it is.

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  6. miro_gt

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    check what your oil looks like after 3k miles, and how much of it has left in the car, and you can determine if you "need" to do oil change on every 3k miles. Most modern cars dont need to.
     
  7. TheArnski

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    Yeah, most times I'll wait beyond 3k before I get an oil change. I remember them saying it's either get it changed after 3k or after 3 months, whichever comes first.

    Aside from the service question, I was also looking at the MPG in relation to how big the tank is. My 300 has, I believe, an 18gal tank and I get about 18-20mpg city and about 28mpg highway. Looking at the Audi A3, it gets about the same MPG, if not a little better, on a tank that's only 14gal big. I believe the same goes for the VW GTI.
     
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    I'm not quite sure I understand where you're going with this. MPG is MPG, and all that a smaller tank does - presuming the same MPG value - is limit your mobility between the two gas stations...
     
  9. TheArnski

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    Ahhh I can see where I got a bit confusing there...even I got confused when I re-read it myself. haha.

    Anyways, after a bit of research, I saw that most folks with the A3 have been getting about 27mpg to the tank. Not bad.
     
  10. PatchySan

    PatchySan Om Noms Kit Kat

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    I driven both Automatic and Manual versions of the Golf (Rabbit 1K) and the Manual box on the Golf is fun to use (not as slick as the Honda Civic but it does feel meaty to use :)) which makes the drive more engaging. The Auto box seems to have a habit of shifting up too quickly on normal driving which kills off the momentum and it can be a bit of a pain when you really want to get moving suddenly, but then I was driving the standard models not a GTI. It doesn't change my opinion that the Auto Box makes driving a bit too boring though!

    I did consider an Audi A3 before but then I couldn't justify the extra premium for the same mechanicals as the Golf/Rabbit. Not to mention the insurance prices where I live is more expensive than an equivalent Golf/Rabbit model too.

    As for servicing costs Audi/VW are not usually cheap but I would recommend looking at some VAG specialists if you can find one near you as they should be able to save you a fair bit over the main dealers. I saved a significant sum for using a knowlegeable VAG specialist who serviced my car to main dealer spec, the prices they charged me is probably even cheaper than the Honda Civic I used to own too which is nice!
     
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