When Buying a Used Audi, A Audi Service Center Alert You To Any Potential Problems Before You Buy


If your automotive dreams are dominated by Q7s, TDIs or A8s, then you’re a certifiable Audi enthusiast. But if your dreams are fuller than your finances, you may well be thinking about buying used as opposed to new. Though your savings would be considerable, it should go without saying that you should have the would-be ride checked out at an Audi auto service center first. While most used car dealers are reputable, they may not know Audis as well as domestic cars, and of course, making the sale is always the top priority.

While the Audi auto repair and service center ought to know what to look for, it never hurts if you sound informed when you take the car in, and be sure that computerized diagnostic testing is done. For a used Audi with 75,000 miles or more some key items to have checked out include:

•    The cambelt or timing belt. Although this part somewhat resembles a vacuum cleaner belt, it controls the timing of car engine’s valves and will take three hours to properly remove, inspect and replace if necessary.The manufacturer recommends replacement at 75,000 miles. Was it replaced on the car that you’re looking at?

•    Brake fluid. This is supposed to be replaced every 24 months, so a complete service record should reflect this.

•    Transmission fluid. Audi recommends it be changed every 40,000 miles.

•    Air conditioning: Sure, this is a personal comfort system, but it also purifies the air in the cabin and should be at least “refreshed” every two years.

•    Tires: The older the car, the less its tires can be trusted for effective acceleration, steering and safe stopping distances. Moreover, tires with good treads contribute to fuel economy and reduced Co2 pollutants.

A good way to check on the history of your used Audi is to read its CARFAX Vehicle History Report. These records key off the vehicle identification number, or VIN (found on the lower left part of the windshield), to generate information on title, accident history, odometer readings, engine performance tests and the like.

If everything is still looking good, the next step is to determine if the extended warranty remains in place and whether it stays with the car regardless of a change in ownership. If you choose to obtain a new extended warranty, in the words of the old song, “You gotta shop around.” That means don’t just bite on the dealer’s warranty product. The best buy could be found at an Audi backed service provider, or some online source, but be sure to determine the reliability of the business you are purchasing from.

Lastly, not to overstate the obvious, but, be sure to do a test drive. Look for any transmission slippage or hesitation; strange vibrations or warning lights blinking into life on the dashboard. Don’t disregard hitting the freeway where many potential problems might be noted that were absent at lower speeds; be aware of any unusual tire sounds, pulling to the left or right, cruise control, and your ease of passing. Don’t forget to test the brakes.

Once you’ve brought your baby home, make sure you keep it maintained at an Audi auto service shop. Because this is an older imported vehicle, it helps to work with qualified personnel who are familiar with German engineering, and who have established connections for procuring older parts if required.

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