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Considerations When Looking For A Second Hand Audi A4

Apr 30, 2008
When out looking to buy a second hand Audi A4 there are many consideration that have to be taken into account. With this in mind you should do a little homework beforehand. Learning as much as you can about the model in general, will put you in good stead. It will also show you what to what to look out for when choosing a second hand model.

One of the first choices you will have to make is the type of fuel. If you choose diesel you can expect to pay out a little more for the car. However diesel might be worth the extra layout when you consider annual mileage is roughly 20,000 a year and diesel is more economical.

Once you have this out of the way you then have to consider whether you want the 4 wheel drive model or front? There are pros and cons to both, so take into consideration where you would be driving and the area in which you live. If you want to drive off road or live in the countryside then the 4 wheel would be your best option. On the other hand if you live in town then you would benefit from front wheel drive. Four wheel drives have the disadvantage of being heavier on fuel and of course adds considerable weight to the car. It also boosts up the cost of buying a second hand Audio A4 by around 700 more than if you choose a front drive model.

The choice of gearbox will also need to be taken into account. Here manual or multitronics are your choices. The manual comes with either five or six speed gear box. Also bear in mind that if you choose automatic you would need to make automatic transmission fluid changes for every 40,000 miles. This of course adds to the expenditure costs of the car.

An excellent choice of second hand Audi A4 would be the TDI 2.5. If you take your time and look around then you could expect to pick up this model for a little just over 16,000 if buying from a car dealership. However do not forget the private sellers and a model of the same could be picked up for around 15,000 with a little haggling. Of course it goes without saying that you should always take any car you are interested in on a long test drive. Preferably head down the motorway along with the town streets to see how it handles on all road types. If you are unsure of anything then get a professional to have a look over before handing over your hard earned cash.

When buying a second hand Audi A4 the owner or dealer should be able to show you a full service history of the car. However as variable service intervals apply you will need to ask to see all original invoices for any work that been done on the car. This is due to cars which have very low mileage not having many stamps in the book to show. You also need to take a look at the wheels of any car you are considering purchasing. Alloy wheels are standard on the Audi A4. However if the rims are particularly large these can add considerable cost if they should become damaged and need to be repaired or replaced.
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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