Last week I decided to take a research trip to an Audi dealership, I needed to check out the Audi A3 for myself. I own a Nissan Versa hatchback, a similar (but cheaper) car to the A3 and after doing some quick research I was intrigued by the car.
The A3 Submissive Special is a 2-door red hatchback. The car has two major different versions, one is a turbo diesel that gets great gas millage, but does not come in AWD. The regular gas model gets good gas millage, but does come in AWD. Decisions, decisions.
I walked in a little timid, but played off that I was interested in buying one in a few months, the only model they had was in the showroom (white) so no test drive was possible. The salesman was really nice, but English was not his first language and I didn’t understand everything he said. But he did seem to be a fan of the car, but sadly it’s being either discontinued or turned into a sedan.
He did let me see the car, the trunk area is small, typical of this class of car. But the rear seats do fold down. I did get to sit in the car, and I was in love with it instantly. Maybe I’ve been reading too much Fifty Shades, but it was was “womb like.” It was cozy, the seat wrapped around you a bit. The lighting inside the showroom was bright, but it was dim inside the car with it’s black leather interior, and and the leather and new car smell – heaven. I’m surprised I didn’t walk out of the showroom with a receipt for an ordered A3.
The salesman was honest, he told me I should keep my current car for a few years before buying a new one. He also told me I should take a look at the VW Golf as a less expensive alternative, but same basic car. But if I was really interested in the car, I should budget $33,000 plus taxes.
No good plan goes unpunished though, Jill absconded with my brochure the next day and then in the afternoon found myself around the corner from an Audi dealer. I decided to stop by and get myself a new brochure. On the lot of this dealership they had a 2011 used A3 in silver. My day was a little hectic so I wasn’t in the mood to pretend to be truly interested in the car or to push for a test drive, what was I thinking? I was in love with this car after all. I was surprised by the salesman here, he didn’t push to sell me the used car, but did tell me to plan to wait 2 and a half months for an A3. It seems it’s not an overly popular Audi and there are few sitting on lots so the best bet is to order an A3.
But don’t worry, there are other Audi dealers in the area. Oh, and none had an R8 on site, or at least not in the showroom.
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