How to sell my Audi – the ultimate guide
Audis are all about luxurious, comfortable interior design. A prestigious German brand, they’re known for bringing executive car style and high-tech additions to their whole range, including saloons and SUVs.
Whether your model is a family-friendly compact or a sporty R8, read on for the ultimate guide on how to sell an Audi.
This ultimate guide on how to sell your Audi covers:
- Value my Audi
- Do Audis hold their value?
- How to Sell my Audi
- Selling your Audi privately
- Selling your Audi to a dealer
- Part-exchange your Audi
- Selling your Audi to an instant car buyer
- The best way to sell your Audi
Value my Audi
If you’re ready to consider selling your Audi, your first step should be getting an up-to-date valuation, and having your car serviced.
Knowing your Audi’s worth is very important when it comes to deciding the most appropriate way to sell it, and get the best price. The value is tied to its mileage and condition, so it’s a good idea to get any repairs done while you’re still in warranty. Paying for high-quality repairs yourself could end up costing less in the long run, compared to the money your eventual buyer may take off the car’s price to account for these faults.
To value your Audi for free now, and stay on top of its ongoing valuation, use our new car value tracker.
Do Audis hold their value?
Like any brand, Audi resale value depends hugely on the model, mileage, condition, engine type, and of course the buyers you’re able to reach.
Looking at the three most common Audi models sold on Motorway, we can get an idea of any depreciation trends this brand shows.
The Audi A1 is a 3-door or 5-door supermini costing a median new price of £23,900. A small city car, it shows slow depreciation compared to average levels – more on this below.
The larger A3 is a subcompact C Class family car, selling for a median price of £30,900. Bigger still is the popular Audi A4, a D Class compact executive car, sold new for a median price of £38,400.
When sold on Motorway at two years old, each of these models suffers a drop. Typically, this is the point at which cars will depreciate the fastest, by at least 20% of their original value. In the case of the Audi A1, this is accurate. The Audi A3 loses a little more value, at 27%, and the A4 loses the most in this period at 36%.
On average, cars depreciate slower over the next eight years and beyond. Based on Motorway sales data, the Audi A1’s depreciation is, again, in line with a standard trend, achieving 45% of its new value at five years old and 28% at ten years old. While the two-year and five-year values achieved aren’t particularly remarkable, the ten-year median price is very strong for a small car at nearly £7,000.
The Audi A3, achieves 43% of its value at five years – which is a little below average – however, it holds to 31% at ten years, which is a very strong level. This could indicate that, while the car does lose value as its look and feel ages, the engine is trustworthy enough to still fetch a strong median ten-year price of nearly £10,000.
Finally, the Audi A4 loses more value than average at both five years old and ten years old, fetching just 39% and 18% of its original purchase price, respectively. It is typical of larger cars with heavier usage to depreciate at a higher and faster rate than smaller cars. The median price of tean-year-old Audi A4s sold on Motorway is £7,000, just a little higher than the much smaller A1 model.
Read our guide to learn more about how best to care for your car, to keep its resale value as high as possible.
How to sell my Audi
Audi is a hugely popular German luxury car brand among all age groups in the UK. There’s a big market for all their models, whether they be the sportier executive cars or the compact city and family cars.
When in good condition, these models can move quickly and easily to dealers and private sellers, as they’re both reliable and highly desirable. Read on to find the best way to sell your Audi, based on your car’s age and condition.
Selling your Audi privately
For total control over the price achieved, you can list your car on an online marketplace, or specialty publication. However, you will then have to deal with communicating with potential buyers (including possible time-wasters) and arrange viewings. Listing your own vehicle online, in a publication or on a noticeboard usually costs some money, too. If you put in the time, you might find the perfect buyer this way.
Selling your Audi to a dealer
Selling to a dealership will mean some variation in price depending on where you live and what their customers are looking for. Typically, though, this can be fairly quick and easy if you’re flexible on price. If, for example, they have lots of Audi R8s and yours isn’t the most desirable model in stock, your price is unlikely to be competitive.
Part-exchange your Audi
Audi, like some other brands, offers part exchange when you buy a new model or Approved Used Audi. This means you can trade in your outgoing Audi against your next one, all in one transaction. For the outgoing car, you get a discount on the next model.
Many non-franchised dealerships also offer part exchange, which works in largely the same way, and the models don’t have to come from the same car brand.
With part exchange, you can almost always expect a quick transaction, but it’s harder to negotiate a price you’ll definitely be happy with. It can seem like a good way of driving progressively nicer cars, but the truth is that you can often fetch more for your outgoing vehicle by selling it outright.
Selling your Audi to an instant car buyer
At some stage of your car selling process, you’ll go online for information or resources. You might also consider using an instant car-buying service to sell your car.
We Buy Any Car and their competitors in the field all offer similar services, with variable pricing.
Instant car-buying companies typically will give you a free valuation when you enter your reg and mileage. You then have to give further details of your Audi, either over the phone, through a questionnaire, or in person. With those details to hand, they will then offer you a price for the vehicle, and if you accept it, you can leave the car with them (if you’re on site) or have it picked up.
The idea is to speed up the transaction compared to selling your car privately, and to get quick and secure payment.
If you’re interested in selling your Audi online to an instant car-buying company, you should look out for collection fees, admin fees (which are often charged as a percentage of your car’s value), and commission coming off the price. Additionally, you might be expecting an online experience, and get a surprise when you’re asked to have your car inspected or dropped off in person.
The best way to sell your Audi
If you’re thinking about selling your Audi quickly and easily, at Motorway we offer a simple – and completely free – method of getting the best price when selling, whatever the model.
Just enter your reg on the homepage and you will be provided with an instant estimated sale price based on up-to-the-minute market data. We’ll then ask you a few easy questions about your car and guide you through the photos you need to take to complete your vehicle profile. It can be done right from your phone — in a matter of minutes.
If you choose to enter your car into a daily sale, it will be shown to our nationwide network of more than 5,000 verified dealers looking to add to their stock of used cars. Interested dealers will then compete to buy your car, offering you their best price.
In as little as 24 hours you will receive your best offer — and, if you choose to go ahead with the sale, your car will be collected for free by the dealer and the money will be quickly and securely transferred to your bank account.