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How To Grab A Bargain Second Hand Audi Quattro

May 2, 2008
Buying any type of used car is always a bit of risk. When looking for a second hand Audi Quattro this is no exception. After all there is no guarantee that the car is all the seller claims it to be. However when using the internet you can cut down the risks some, for instance you can get a car data check. This will at least let you know whether the car has any outstanding finance on it, if it has been written off or if it was reported stolen.

You can also follow a few safety rules to ensure that your search for a second hand car goes as smooth as possible. You also need to give certain factors some consideration such as insurance, the cost of running the car and where you will get the finance to buy it.

It goes without saying that a test drive is needed and this should be extensive on different road surfaces and in different situations such as on the motorway and small side streets. Always go for the test drive during daylight hours and this way you will be able to give the car a good inspection. The inspection should include the bodywork, engine and all exterior including the paintwork and testing the lights. You also need to go over the cars interior paying attention to electric windows, the dashboard, electrical equipment on the dash and the seating. Always insist on seeing the paperwork for the car and the service history of it, a seller should never have any qualms about giving you this to check over.

Of course a little background history of the Quattro never goes amiss and can tell you a lot about your choice of car and how well it might service your needs.

The first thing you should know about the Quattro is that it is a four wheel drive. The four wheel drive from Audi was first shown to the world over 25 years ago and its popularity just kept on growing. In the 1980s it was the first road car to be mass produced that had four wheel drive and also an engine that was turbocharged. It was the highlight of the Geneva motor show in 19080 where it was presented as the first ever sports car for the road to feature permanent all wheel drive. The road holding capability of the car was untouched and even by today's standards it takes some beating.

The Audi Quattro was the brainchild of Ferdinand Piech back in 1977. The very first test car was red in colour and 2 doors, an Audi 80 that came with just the test name of A1. It was not until March 1981 that the Quattro car first came to the United Kingdom when 163 cars were shipped in. It wasn't until much later that this all changed and it become Audis best export. Over time many slight changes and improvements have been made to the car which all went towards making it what it is today, one of the most popular choices of Audi. While this is just a brief history it does go to show that a second hand Audi Quattro is an excellent choice of car.
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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