How to Buy a Used Audi Coupe

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How to Buy a Used Audi Coupe

An Audi coupe is a high-performance two-door luxury vehicle available in a range of stylistic variations. They range from elegant designs with plenty of space for passengers, such as the Audi A5,, to more compact sports cars, such as the Audi TT.. These coupes offer sharp, dynamic handling without compromising on comfort. While they can be somewhat pricey when bought new, used Audi coupes are more affordable. Although some buyers may be nervous about purchasing used cars, those that know what to look for have no need to be.

A number of factors should be considered when buying a used Audi coupe.. First, research the models available for a clear indication of the current market value, common problems, and running costs. Learn how to evaluate the used cars on offer, from asking sellers the right questions to test driving the vehicles. Used Audi coupes are available from authorised Audi dealers, used car showrooms, and private sellers that list their cars on eBay..

Research a Used Audi Coupe

Research is very important when buying a used car. It provides an indication of the current market value for a specific vehicle, gives an indication of common problems with specific models and years, and provides a rough estimate of each car's running costs. It is important to research common problems by model and year, paying close attention to manufacturer recalls.

Manufacturer Recalls

As an example, Audi TTs built between 1 September 1998 and 31 December 1999 were recalled as some models had handling issues at high speeds. The suspension settings on these cars were modified and a rear spoiler added. TT Coupes with child seats manufactured between 5 January 2007 and 20 February 2007 were recalled as the side pillar trim could come undone and injure front and rear passengers. The retaining clips on the side pillar trims were replaced.

Known Faults

Not all faults or common problems result in a recall. To research these problems, read expert and customer reviews for specific models and years. For example, 1.8 20V turbos manufactured between August 2001 and October 2002 tend to suffer failure of one or more of the four ignition coils. Make a list of the common faults and ask the seller whether he or she has experienced any of them and whether the problem has been repaired. Include checking faults in the physical inspection checklist where possible.

Running Costs

It is important to consider the costs of running the car before buying. Take fuel, parts, and repairs into account and do not forget to factor in road tax and insurance. To find out about road tax, visit the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website. Shop around for insurance quotes for an accurate idea of what to expect.

Evaluate a Used Audi Coupe

Several steps are involved in evaluating a used Audi coupe. Before arranging an inspection, ask the seller questions to establish whether a viewing would be worthwhile. Find out about the car's ownership history, mileage, documentation, and condition before going to the trouble of viewing it. The table below can be used as a guide to formulating questions for the seller.

Category

Question Points

Ownership history

Number of previous owners

Length of seller's ownership

Reasons for selling

Any outstanding finance on car

Mileage

Number of miles covered

Documentation

MOT and road tax details

V5C registration document (logbook)

Service history

Old MOT certificates

Service and repairs bills, with receipts

Name on V5C

Condition

General condition

Damage

Mechanical problems

Recent maintenance

Maintenance required

In addition, ask the seller for the vehicle's registration number, the tax disc details, model and year, and MOT test number. These details are required to perform a vehicle history check.

Perform a Vehicle History Check

A vehicle history check is the best way for buyers to protect themselves. A number of companies perform these checks for a small fee, providing confirmation of the vehicle's identity, whether any finance is outstanding, and whether it has ever been stolen or in an accident. At the very least, use the DVLA's online vehicle enquiry service to confirm the vehicle's identity, tax details, and MOT status. If it sounds as though the vehicle is acceptable, arrange a viewing. If possible, go to the address that is on the registration document.

Inspect the Car

Buyers that are not confident in their ability to evaluate used cars should ask a more knowledgeable friend to accompany them when viewing the vehicle Always arrange viewings during daylight hours in dry weather. Artificial light and rain can hide some defects. Check the car's documents; they should be originals that bear the DVLA watermark, where appropriate.

Check the Exterior

Check the car's exterior for signs of rust and damage. Look for bubbling paintwork, mismatched paint, and uneven body panels. Ensure that the car's trim is secure and in place. If the car is convertible and has a soft top, check for holes, tears, and other damage. Never buy a convertible without examining it with the top up. Remember to check the tread on the tyres, including the spare tyre.

Check the Interior

Check the interior for signs of wear and tear. If the car has relatively low mileage, but the interior shows sign of excessive wear, confirm the mileage by checking the service history documentation and old MOT certificates. The footwells should be dry; if not, ask the seller if it is possible to lift the mats and inspect the floor. Moisture could be the result of blocked vents or a leak. Ensure that all of the car's features are working, from the windscreen wipers to the window mechanisms.

Check the Engine

Check the vehicle identification number (VIN) on the engine. Look for fluid leaks in the engine and on the ground beneath the car, including oil and water. Remove the oil dipstick, wipe it, and check the level and quality of the oil. The oil should be a golden colour; oil that is dirty and full of debris could be an indication of engine trouble or insufficient maintenance. Ensure that the battery connectors are free of corrosion. Check the head gasket for leaks and problems. Those that are not confident in checking the engine of a used Audi coupe should have the car inspected by a mechanic before making a purchase.

Test Drive the Used Audi Coupe

Once the Audi coupe's interior, exterior, and engine have been checked, take the car for a test drive. This should be done when the car is completely cold. If it is not, ask to drive it from cold before buying it. Although this may require a further visit, many faults are apparent only when a car is driven from a cold start. Ensure that the person performing the test drive has adequate insurance coverage and that proof of this is in his or her possession.

Initial Checks

Start the car and listen for any unusual sounds. If the vehicle struggles to start, it may require maintenance or repairs. Check for excessive exhaust smoke; a small amount of white smoke or steam is normal. Blue, black, or excessive smoke can indicate problems, such as head gasket failure, an oil leak, or a poorly tuned engine. Keep an eye on the rev counter: engine speed should remain constant once the car has been running for a minute or so. Turn the steering wheel from one lock position to the other, listening for noises, such as bumps, knocks, or screeching. Test the handbrake before setting off.

Driving Checks

Drive the car on as many different surfaces as possible, including the motorway, and check all the gears, which should engage smoothly. Check for play in the steering and that is feels the same for right-hand and left-hand turns. If not, the car may have been in an accident or there could be a problem with the suspension. Test the brakes and take note of whether the car pulls to the left or right when braking. Listen for unusual noises, check for exhaust smoke, and take note of the feel of the steering and suspension throughout the drive.

Buying a Used Audi Coupe on eBay

eBay is the perfect place to shop for a used Audi coupe, with a large number of sellers across the UK listing cars at reasonable prices. To find the perfect car for you, type a phrase, such as "2008 Audi TT&", into the search box, which can be found on every page, to see the cars on offer. Refine your search by choosing the most appropriate category and vehicle specifications. For more control over your search, use the advanced search feature..

Before Buying on eBay

Before buying on eBay, evaluate the item and the seller by viewing the item listing page,, which is accessed by selecting an individual product. Read the full item description and examine any images carefully before taking note of the buying options and seller's accepted payment methods. Choose local sellers to make the inspection and buying process easier. If you have any questions for the seller, contact him or her by using the "Ask a question&" link. Learn about the seller by checking his or her feedback information,, which is accessed by clicking on the number next to the person's username.

Conclusion

Buying a used Audi coupe is a great way to own an affordable luxury car with excellent performance. Always research specific models and years to learn about market value, running costs, recalls, and known faults. A recall should not put buyers off, provided the cars were returned and fixed. Similarly, common problems should be used as a guide when reviewing the service and repair histories. Where the seller has not experienced a fault, it is important to bear in mind that the problem may surface at a later stage and that repairs may be required.

The key to buying the right used Audi coupe lies in evaluating the vehicles on offer. The process starts with contacting the seller for additional information. The physical inspection and test drive should be undertaken by someone that knows about cars. If this is not possible, ask a mechanic to check the car before buying it. Hidden maintenance costs or breakdowns shortly after buying a car can add to its costs significantly. eBay sellers offer a wide range of Audi coupes at reasonable prices.

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