Used Audi vs. new Audi – what fits you?
Audi might as well be what appears in the dictionary when you look up “class” and “luxury.” They are synonymous with great quality, reliability, and of course all the extra features you could ever want. They make a variety of cars, all the way from sedans fit for royalty to SUVs that could be used on safari (although I don’t necessarily recommend that).
Their timeless looks and wonderful handling make them a great choice, but sometimes price can get in the way. A used Audi may be the right choice. Here are some things to consider as you decide whether to purchase used or new.
Time to Replace?
If you’ve made the decision to replace your car, you probably are wondering if you should get new or used. Your main concern is probably money. Buying a car based on how much of a car payment you think you can afford each month will be a guarantee that you buy too much and pay too much. This is also NOT what you should be asking as you shop.
Remember that Audi is a luxury brand and you will pay a pretty price for a new one. And once you drive off that lot, the value will drop like a rock in water. Should YOU be the one to shoulder this burdensome cost? Test drives are tempting, and it is easy to fall in love after your first time with the car. But is that worth the fact that cars can depreciate up to 50 percent in the first three years of ownership?
Don’t get emotionally connected to any Audi as you shop. If you’re a lover of the brand, I know this can be hard. But remember, the car is just like any other tool you use in your daily life. Chances are you don’t feel sad when you have to replace the old fridge with a new one or discard an old tire for a new one. A car is just another tool we use for daily life. Use this mindset as you shop. To start off you can check online resources like this for ideas on pricing and models.
On the Other Hand…
Used Audis can come with a nice price tag, but what sort of repairs does it need? Have a trusted mechanic look over it for you. Buying new means, you get a helpful warranty and a dealer to provide you with oil changes and the like but used means you will likely be responsible for any and all repairs. Be sure that if you do buy used, the car is examined carefully first, and you are prepared to take on any repair costs.
Where to Buy?
You can use Google to locate the nearest Audi dealership near you. It is recommended you purchase your Audi here, as the salespeople will be knowledgeable and helpful about the brand. You can also ask them about their pre-owned stock. Consider this when buying used:
- Pre-owned Audis are given unlimited mileage warranty coverage
- They get a 300-point inspection.
- The vehicle is still the same quality machine you expect
- You can get exactly the car you want
There are also great benefits to buying new, too:
- You can build and customize your car as you like
- You will get the latest in technology within your vehicle
- You will enjoy a warranty that covers any repairs that may arise within the first few years of owning it (be sure to review this with your dealer to see what is covered)
- You can choose one of the new eTron electric models
Do A Comparison
Get a piece of paper and write down your ideal used Audi and your ideal pre-owned Audi. You may be surprised at what you can get for a used price, and what you can get for a new price.
For this exercise, I will use the 2017 Audi A5 and the 2019 Audi A5.
2017 Audi A5
- Fair Market Price: $40,000
- 23 MPG city, 32 Hwy
- 220 HP
- Google-Maps enhanced Infotainment. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Sport package available
- Backseat a bit cramped
2019 Audi A5
- Fair Market Price: $45,195
- 24 MPG city, 34 Hwy
- 252 HP
- Plenty of cargo room
- Black Optics package available
- Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and optional navigation available
The differences are definitely obvious when it comes to the two, but it is a great way to see what you really need when it comes to your Audi. If power, cargo space and a bit better fuel economy mean a lot to you, the newer Audi would be better. However, the older model seems to do all right and has great infotainment and power, too.
In conclusion, buying a new versus used Audi is a personal choice that you must decide on your own. Consider all sides, and make a pros and cons chart of the cars you are most interested in. Think long and hard about the money you have, and do not buy based upon exactly what you can afford. Try to go a little less so that you leave some wiggle room for repairs or other car emergencies that arise. Enjoy whatever you end up with!