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A2 - Shed of the Week...

http://www.pistonheads.com/regula...ds/shed-of-the-week-audi-a2/34052
PhilD

" If you don't mind an afternoon's work with the bucket, chamois and selection of primping products, you could quite quickly end up with a smart, cheap and usable example of a car that made its own little piece of history"

Why wouldn't you do this if selling?
PG

I imagined that any A2 under £1k would be about to blow up in some horrible way. So that seems a bargain?
Big Blue

PG wrote:
I imagined that any A2 under £1k would be about to blow up in some horrible way.


Blimey, what kind of cars have you owned?
Grampa

PhilD wrote:
" If you don't mind an afternoon's work with the bucket, chamois and selection of primping products, you could quite quickly end up with a smart, cheap and usable example of a car that made its own little piece of history"

Why wouldn't you do this if selling?


Quite.  When I went with my daughter to buy her Jag, it had been washed but that was about about it - to the standard you would expect of a garage wash machine - the inside was very clean though. There were minor bodywork glitches as described and the asking price of £1850 seemed reasonable, but my opening offer was "It has the bodywork issues as described but it really needs a good wash and brush up, so £1500?" - his countering only got the price to £1575 (we had to give him £1580 as we only had £20 notes) - if it had been properly cleaned there wouldn't really have been any rationale in our knocking 20% off the asking price.  90 mins work by me and my son-in-law (well maybe 15 mins from him!) and it was as it should have been.
PhilD

Grampa wrote:
PhilD wrote:
" If you don't mind an afternoon's work with the bucket, chamois and selection of primping products, you could quite quickly end up with a smart, cheap and usable example of a car that made its own little piece of history"

Why wouldn't you do this if selling?


Quite.  When I went with my daughter to buy her Jag, it had been washed but that was about about it - to the standard you would expect of a garage wash machine - the inside was very clean though. There were minor bodywork glitches as described and the asking price of £1850 seemed reasonable, but my opening offer was "It has the bodywork issues as described but it really needs a good wash and brush up, so £1500?" - his countering only got the price to £1575 (we had to give him £1580 as we only had £20 notes) - if it had been properly cleaned there wouldn't really have been any rationale in our knocking 20% off the asking price.  90 mins work by me and my son-in-law (well maybe 15 mins from him!) and it was as it should have been.


£270 for 90 mins work, not bad!
PG

Big Blue wrote:
PG wrote:
I imagined that any A2 under £1k would be about to blow up in some horrible way.


Blimey, what kind of cars have you owned?


Enough dodgy ones....

I seem to remember that giant had an A2 that blew the clutch and he still got £1k for it IIRC. Or maybe it was £100  So that was what I'd based my A2 pricing on
Frank Bullitt

Giant's car had a clutch on the way out, but importantly had options fitted which will always mean that unless it went up in smoke, it was worth the best part of a grand.

Valuing A2's has become more complex, they are definitely at the bottom of their depreciation curve - the difficulty is that a working car with an MOT is always worth a grand irrespective of spec, engine or mileage (okay, a 180k petrol might be worth £700) yet a nice clean late car with with a bit of FG is rarely worth more than £4K, it squeezes lots of cars into a very narrow band.  My own car is late, mint and has 115k on the clock but on the open market it wouldn't hit £3k rally due to the lack of FG. One of my friends is certifiable and after selling his A2 and regretting it, has been looking for another - he has spent £6k on a sub 30k 2004 1.6FSi SE that is loaded with goodies - over the odds (which he knows) but he wanted a minter, so that's what he paid!

This car needs a bit of TLC but seems to be straight and is a bit of a bargain, despite being the standard 1.4TDi with no options apparent apart from Cobalt Blue (stunning when polished). It will need a few quid spending on it but so will any car that's 15 years old. As a way to spend £1k for high quality motoring and getting most of that back come resale time, you can do much worse!

A2's probably only have one way to go value-wise.
gonnabuildabuggy

That looks to be a bargain and I'm sure the bodywork shouldn't be too expensive to sort. Can't work out how bad the bumper is but it could be a second hand one is the simplest solution though hard to find one in that colour.

Never ceases to amaze me how little people prep their cars for sale. The Golf GTI had the contents of a plant pot in one passenger footwell and a banana skin under the passenger seat.

Ironically, the £300 Focus was one of the best prepared, though the Mini and E500 were both pretty much immaculate when collected as was the 328, all of which had enthusiast owners.
Thomas Magman

I was quite surprised how light it was/is, although I appreciate it's aluminium

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