Things to Consider When Buying a Used Audi

The purchase of any new vehicle is a huge decision that is only dwarfed by that of buying a house. For many, a new vehicle represents autonomy, reliability and their sense of character. Even if the vehicle is not brand new, it is a new addition to someone’s life – and that means its functionality, reliability and style are all important. When it comes to any luxury make or model, it’s important to consider any specific problems, benefits and concerns before committing to any purchase. If you’re in the market for a used Audi, you’ll want to ask some questions before agreeing to any terms. We’ll review resale value, common Audi parts and repair, inspections and more.

Resale Value

Before purchasing any used Audi, you’ll want to carefully consider how resale value will affect both your cost of acquisition and potential recoup of value later. Thankfully, many used Audi models have great resale value. Take for instance the 2017 Audi A7: currently, it’s three-year resale value is estimated at 42% and its five-year resale value is estimated at 27%. While not all necessarily hold their value so well, many models do in fact retain a higher-than-average resale value for many years after their initial purchase. This is often due to how well the Audi’s parts and systems were maintained, and the quality of those Audi replacement parts used.

Audi Parts Availabilityand Service Cost

As with any make, you want to be sure that you can service a used Audi you purchase, or know a reliable mechanic with experience, at least in foreign cars. Less widely-driven in the US as a luxury import brand, it can sometimes be a bit more difficult or costly to find the Audi partsyou need because there is simply less demand for them. Thankfully thesearen’t the days of old. Storeslike eEuroparts.com have made their Audi parts catalog available online packed full with helpful info, diagrams and parts specs, so you can browse dozens of Audi parts for your specific car, rangingfrom genuine to aftermarket.Even with the vast universe of different auto parts out there, it’s become relatively easy to find the exact Audi parts necessary to repair your specificmodelfrom the comfort of your living room.

Paying for maintenance is much more expensive for a foreign import automobile like Audi. Based on your DIY expertise and abilities, you’ll want to consider if you can afford to pay a professional mechanic to perform repairs you cannot do on your own. You can shave a decent chunk of the expense by buying your own Audi replacement parts and bringing them to the mechanic, but keep in mind labor costs will still be quite expensive. Might be worth getting a couple estimates on some common maintenance before you buyif you already know you’re not up to the task yourself.

Pre-Purchase Inspections

While there are many situations where purchasing a new or used Audi presents unique challenges, there are also some pretty common concerns as well. Before agreeing to any purchase, it is essential that you have the vehicle properly and comprehensivelyevaluated via a pre-purchase inspection, including but not limited to inspecting any aftermarket or performance Audi parts upgrades. Depending on who, you can either meet the seller nearby for your own inspection or arrange to drop off the vehicle at the nearest authorized dealership. These pre-purchase inspections generally cost anywhere from $100 to $150, but they are absolutely worth the price: you don’t want to end up with a lemon and you want to be aware of any flaws or mechanical issues before purchasingthat might have been neglected by the previous owner, or sometimes worse, evenfixedwithlow quality aftermarket Audi spare parts.

It’s vital that you ask yourself important questions before purchasing any used vehicle, especially a premium luxury vehicle such as Audi. You should be primarily concerned about the effective cost of ownership as it pertains to ease of service, feasibility of sourcing any necessary Audi parts, the mechanical condition of the vehicle you’re buying and the likely resale value. If you canaddress these concerns and meet the obligations of ownership, then an Audi will make a great addition to your garage or driveway.