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Audi A3, Wagon
#383 of 444 "New" (leftover) 2008
Jun 23, 2008 (6:58 am)
It seems that the prices on leftover 2008s are getting pretty serious...
New 2008 A3 - Ocean Blue
MSRP = $34070
1st Offer from Dealer: $31600
(Claimed as "$500 below Invoice"; Edmunds lists Invoice at $31,739 )
2nd Offer from dealer: $29,750. Expect to pick it up tmorrow.
Onto some other factors....
Also asked about adding a 3M "Invisible Bra"; dealer claimed MSRP of $995, but would discount to $795 - - no thanks. The DIY kit is $150, so that's asking more than $600 for the 2-3 hours of labor. There's a local guy that does it for the dealerships that asks only $450; will probably it with him next week.
Something that is a good deal is Audi financing: if you qualify (credit score over 740), its 2.9% interest for up to 72 months. Since we can earn 4% on a 7-month CD (and rates are likely to continue to go up), its worth taking advantage of.
#384 of 444 Re: "New" (leftover) 2008 [huntzinger]
Jun 24, 2008 (10:29 pm)
Yes, the model you are most likely buying is the old engine with the timing belt. Audi has incentives on the old inventory with this engine. The newer models 2008.5 do not have these incentives and they have the timing chain.
#385 of 444 Re: "New" (leftover) 2008 [blugekko]
Jun 25, 2008 (9:33 am)
What incentives on the older 2008 A3s? I haven't seen anything about it, but makes me think twice about getting a 2nd one for myself...
#386 of 444 Re: "New" (leftover) 2008 [jxbst15]
Jun 25, 2008 (10:13 am)
I am not exactly sure what they are. I am in Austin and I forwarded some of the "deals" listed by people in this forum to my sales rep. and I was told they were the old models with the timing belt (aged inventory as they call them). Audi has incentives to move all of those older models out. To me they are all old models because of the refreshed 09's are coming out in a few months. The best I can do is about 300-500 over invoice for one of the 2008.5 models. For that price I might as well wait for the refreshed 2009 model to arrive. I currently have a lease ending at the end of Sept. so hopefully some will arrive by then or I will have to get something else... or maybe by then all the 08's will be considered aged inventory.
#387 of 444 Re: "New" (leftover) 2008 [jxbst15]
Jun 26, 2008 (1:43 pm)
At a dealer in CT, I was offered $200 under invoice for a nicely loaded 2008 A3 and $2000 under invoice for a pretty bare bones A3. I passed on both because he lured me back to the dealership when I told him I was going with 2006 pre-owned by telling me the fully loaded one was $2000 under invoice. When we sat down to finalize the deal, he told me he made a mistake and the one I wanted was only $200 under invoice. At that point, I decided to go with the 2006 pre-owned that was pretty nicely loaded. The sales person told me the incentives were based on the age of the vehicle, and that they were getting a rebate from Audi.
#388 of 444 Re: "New" (leftover) 2008 [blugekko]
Jul 01, 2008 (9:45 am)
Ah, that might explain another piece that came out at closing.
It turns out that there was some sort of giveback in the price that hadn't been mentioned and the issue was that the 2.9% financing that we had been offered wasn't technically eligible to be combined with it.
Our salesman apologized for the error, then made good with a $858 refund on the spot. This is the difference in the payments between 2.9% and 3.9% times 60 months...makes me now wish we had taken 72 months instead
Since we didn't need the financing (the 2.9% rate was too good to pass up - it let us leave our money invested, earning a higher rate), the numbers work out less favorably at 3.9%, so we'll probably look at paying off the loan within a year or so.
Insofar as design details of the timing belt -vs- timing chain, it doesn't really concern me that much. Afterall, if its like the A4 that this A3 replaces, we'll only need to replace it once while we own the car, at roughly 75,000 miles. Plus having the "last of a design" means that most of the bugs have been worked out, as opposed to having to be the Beta tester of any "first year" teething pains. While VW-Audi isn't as notoriously problematic about this sort of deal as GM historically was, they've not been immune to it either, as modern automobiles these days are pretty complex products.
#389 of 444 Re: 2008 A3 2.0T - 6S Manual [zepp]
Jul 16, 2008 (12:09 pm)
Wow, killer deal...and the one ssanders1 got back at the end of 07.
I've been looking to replace my 01 325i...looked at TL, G35, Accord Coupe, etc, and stoppped in the Audi dealership on a whim. Loved driving the A3.
They showed me...
- 08 A3 black/black
- 8,800 miles (service loaner)
- S-Line (and maybe IPOD?)
- ext. warranty
- priced at 28,900
Sounds like I ought to be able to get one more fully equipped, new, for a lot less, eh?
#390 of 444 Re: 2008 A3 2.0T - 6S Manual [gkelm]
Jul 21, 2008 (10:20 pm)
First time using this forum. looking at three A3 CPO in Socal. Dealer reluctant to start with invoice or willing to settle for 2500 off the internet price. $28.000 Service Loaner 11k on Odometer
#391 of 444 A3 CPO in Socal Orange County
Jul 21, 2008 (10:23 pm)
I am just wondering if 2008 A3 CPO (loaner car) with below 15K miles and asking prices approx $28, I am offer around 26,500 included Tax & Reg. Please add some feedback. Can't wait to get my hand on DSG. thxxxx
#392 of 444 Re: A3 CPO in Socal Orange County [audifans]
Jul 24, 2008 (7:05 am)
I think that's way too high, but you'll need to elaborate on what options this car has.
I just got 2 separate emails from 2 area dealerships advertising their 08 A3s inventory for $3500-4500 off MSRP (and that's before any negotiating).
Was offered a manual 2.0 w/Xenon, Sport Pkg, Open Sky, Cold Weather Pkg, Convenience Pkg, Bluetooth for $31.5 OTD with Audi care (taxes are 6% where I live, tags about $250).
This is a great time to negotiate prices down on a used A3 or just buy a new one, especially with the refreshed 09s due shortly.