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Tips For Choosing A Used Audi Convertible

Apr 30, 2008
There are certain risks to buying a used car whatever the make of it, however as cars go, then a used Audi Convertible is one of the better models to choose. Audi are known for their reliability and strength and so if looked after properly stand the test of time and excellent second hand cars can be found.

As the Convertible has a roof that retracts this should be your starting point when looking over the car during an inspection. The roof should retract quietly and smoothly with no stutters whilst driving. When down on the car it should fit perfectly and there should be no gaps. You also have to give it a good inspection to ensure that there are no signs of problems with the material on the roof from wear and tear. Look this over closely to ensure that it isn't going threadbare or to ensure that repairs and patch jobs have not been made to it.

If the model of used Audi convertible you are considering buying has leather interior and steering wheel, check for any signs of wear and rubbing to the leather. Also check the dashboard for any signs of staining from the sun glare through the windscreen. Of course a test drive is a necessity and this should be as comprehensive as possible. Take the car through its paces around town, on country roads and a stretch of the motorway if possible. This will allow you to get a good feel of how the car handles on all road surfaces and at different speeds.

Before you do buy the car, make sure that you would be able to afford the insurance for the model. So compare insurance premiums online. You would also have to spare some thought to the running costs of the car. How much the car would cost in fuel on average, you also have to choose between diesel and petrol models. Always be aware that repairs and replacements might have to be paid for in the future if they crop up. You can use the internet to find out what various parts such as a replacement exhaust, brake pads or lights would cost before buying.

Of course the majority of people do not have the cash to spare to purchase the car on the spot. So also consider your finance options. The choices you have will depend on factors such as your credit status, the terms you want to take the loan over and how much you are asking to borrow. If buying from a car dealership you will probably be offered a loan from them; however the rates of interest will probably be higher than if you had searched for the loan yourself. Sometimes a dealership will offer loans that come with 0% finance and if you can afford to repay within this time period then choosing this option can be the cheapest way of buying your used Audi Convertible. If the car you are buying requires you to borrow a considerable sum and your credit rating is less than perfect then consider looking at a secured loan. However when doing so you have to remember that you at risk of losing the car if it is taken as security until you have paid off the entire loan.
About the Author
Louis Rix is a Director of NetCars, one of the UK's leading motoring websites. First established in January 2000, it provides car finance, loans and insurance. We also provide an online car search for Used Audi Cars.
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