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Audi A3 Prices Paid and Buying Experiences



  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 70,555
    That's a lot of car for $22,700... :)


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  • I am looking for a A3 in MA right now. Can I know the dealer and the city you got the price?Thanks
  • maxbosmaxbos Posts: 6
    It was Herb Chambers in Burlington. I found it easiest to negotiate over the phone. The price included supplier discount from my employer, but that should not make more than 300-500 difference.
    You can see their (and other dealers') inventory on

    Good luck!
  • 2009 models have been out for a while. Anyone has buying experience? What's the invoice price like? Thanks!
  • Hello there,

    I really like the A3 (am coming from a BMW 330xi and need something smaller), but haven't seen much discussion on pricing for the 2009 models.

    I'm still balancing whether to go DSG or manual, and here's my first "internet only" offer from a dealer in Virginia. How does it strike you in the Audi community?

    The following is full description and Costco/internet price for an in-stock 2009 2.0 FWD S-tronic A3.

    Trim: Premium
    Color: Brilliant Black
    Options: Convenience Pkg, Cold Weather Pkg and Open Sky System
    MSRP: $34,125.00(includes $825.00 destination)
    Invoice: $32,158.00
    Internet Price: $32,458.00

    Thanks for your help!
  • Premium Package
    Open Sky
    6 speed manual
    Brand New 2008
    MSRP 32,000

    I got it shipped from MA to Audi of Alexandria VA
    and paid a clean $25,000 about 4 months ago
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,142
    Well done! If that car were red, I'd have been all over it as well, if I could have found one like it.

    How many miles on it when you got it?

  • it was brand new with like 200 miles on it from test drives.. I was looking for a used one originally but when i realized i could pay only a few thousand more for a new one then i sprung for it and i am glad i did, i think it was a good deal.
  • riles246riles246 Posts: 4
    I live in Central NJ and I am having a bear of a time trying to get a reasonable deal on a new A3. I went to Bell Audi in Edison, and they will not budge on MSRP. As soon as I mentioned that I was looking at A3's the guy looked at me like I was some poor jerk since I didn't want an A4/A6/ etc...

    He quoted me some lease rates and they were insane, so I said I'd rather just finance. The model I configured for myself doesn't have too many options- Sport Package, Manual Transmission, Cold Weather, and Rear Side Airbags. The MSRP on this car is $29,170, so I asked "Ok, so what can you give me this car for?" And he said "$29,170".

    How are people getting these great deals? Should I try a different dealership?

    The guy was such a [non-permissible content removed] he didn't even give me a business card to contact him in the future. Ugh, only in NJ are you treated like trash for wanting to spend $30k.
  • ebbgreatdaneebbgreatdane Posts: 278
    Take his offer to a competing dealer and bargain a new price. FAX, call, email in a 100 mile radius.

    Take the lower price back to the '[non-permissible content removed]' and negotiate a better deal.

    Take the better deal from the '[non-permissible content removed]' to a competing dealer (or the same competing dealer from the line above if you liked them) and work a slightly better deal. Buy the car.

    Call the '[non-permissible content removed]' afterwards and thank him for his time but that his first 'offer' failed to 'strike while the iron was hot' (good advice i once got from a fortune cookie) as well as pushing you to Un-douchy-dealership, Central NJ.


    If you're really sour you could visit the showroom a week later and drop the competing dealership name to patrons. I love car sales people.
  • JLaw012JLaw012 Posts: 11
    Riles, are you trying to purchase a brand new 09 A3?? if you go on AutoTrader i see many barely used 2008's for sale for in the low 20's many of them at dealerships within 100 miles of edison.

    I got a brand new 2008 A3 Premium Package and Sky Roof for 25k last summer. i looked on autotrader and the key is patience. i called dealerships within 200 miles of my home telling them i was a serious buyer who wanted to buy NOW. Telling them how much you are willing to pay is up to you but NEVER NEVER go with MSRP that is an artificial number that has NOTHING to do with the actual price of the car. Go to consumer reports online and look at their car buying tips, they also have a service where you pay like 15 dollars and they will send you the actual value or dealer cost of the car, THAT is the number you should be negotiating.
    And if you walk into a NJ dealership ready to buy a car and they know your serious and will not budge, fine, guess what they are losing a sale and you are on your way to BUYING a car from someone who actually wants to sell cars. YOU have the power, patience is key my friend. i could go on all day, but it took me 7 months to finally get the price i wanted, but i was on a tight budget.

    Personal Example: i walked onto a Volvo dealership looking at the C30, told him i was interested in the C30 and A3 and i was a NOW buyer. i gave him a low ballish price range i was looking for, 5 min later he came back and told me he would drop the price on a c30 $3,500 right there. Anyway, i could go on all day about stuff, but also go with a credit union for financing, don't fiance with the LIEnaciers at the car dealerships if they give you a good price on the car they will screw you with their lame financing. i got 5.5 apr at a credit union. Good luck and be FIRM.
  • Hi All,

    I am so sorry if this is not the right place for this post. I am buying my first Audi and really, this is the first time I have bought a car on my own. It is a USED A3-2007. It is light silver w/ black leather interior. It is the S-Line and has Open Sky with 23,000 miles but is MANUAL (that is what my husband INSISTS he wants). I am buying it through a dealer but not an Audi dealer so it is not CPO. The offer is $20,900. Am I getting a good deal?? Should I keep looking? We are a young military family and just need a good, fun car with a back seat so we have room for our new baby. We just sold our Saturn Sky (for less then Edmunds private party unfortunately) but we really needed a bigger car. We found the experience of looking at California Audi dealerships so frustrating and expensive.

    Thank you!!
  • JLaw012JLaw012 Posts: 11
    I have seen any where from 18,525 - $26,875 online classifieds for the V6 s-line. I would say that if this is there first offer that there is always room to go lower, go to consumer reports and look up the actual value of the car. some if it will depend on if it from a dealer or private seller. Private Sellers usually cost less, but make sure if it is a private seller you do a CarFax Report but you probably already know that.....Good Luck.
  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Hi musickitty. You can look up the dealer invoice price of the exact A3 model that you are interested in right here at Here's a link to the A3 pricing page for your convenience: Audi A3 Pricing.

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  • LilGreenLilGreen Posts: 2
    I am looking to buy a new '09 A3. The offer I have is for the following:

    09 Meteor Gray S-line 2.0T
    Open Sky
    Convenience Package

    MSRP $34,650
    Invoice 32,239
    Offer: 31,675 (includes $825 destination fee & $400 dealer fee, does not include tax)

    Does this sound like a good deal when we're this close to the 2010's coming out?
  • I'm also looking at a new '09 and I'm curious too.

    09 Ibis white with black interior
    2.0 quattro
    Open sky
    Cold weather package
    Convenience package
    Premium package

    MSRP: $36225
    Offer: $34,654 out the door, tax (7%) and all additional fees included

    Again, is this a good deal?
  • JLaw012JLaw012 Posts: 11
    No, its not a good deal. For one thing you should NEVER negotiate MSRP, it is a made up number and has zero to do with the price of the car to the dealer. my suggestion is go online to Consumer Reports, you can pay a small fee and can they will send you the actual price of the car to the dealer, THAT is the price you should negotiate. it also gives you tips on negotiating and dealer tactics. it was very helpful when i bought a new 2008.
  • How long did it take you to get that price? Its OTD right?
  • I did indeed get all of the information from Consumer Reports regarding the A3. CR (which I'm sure you know) gives a, "Bottom Line Price" and you're supposed to add dealer invoice for packages and options. They say that 1-5% over that price is reasonable.

    Therefore, the MSRP on the vehicle is $36,225
    The dealer invoice (according to CR) is $33,751
    CRs "Bottom Line Price" that they say to work from is $31,251 and the deal I'm looking at is $31,751, less than 2% above the best CR says that I can do for the vehicle.

    Of course, tax and motor vehicle fees are extra, but you can't get out of that....

    The information from Consumer Reports proved invaluable in knowing what was reasonable to expect.

    I feel like I did okay but was wondering if I ahould have pushed for a better price with 2010s coming out.
  • JLaw012JLaw012 Posts: 11
    I would think you could of gotten a better deal with the 2010 coming out, that is how i got a good deal on my 2008, i got it when the 2009's were coming out and i got a manual lava gray open sky premium package leather for 25,000 + tax, all fee's included. I know your getting the cold package on top of it but besides the fender i don't think there is much of a difference from the 08 and 09's. Anyway, i have had my car for 1 year now and have 9500 miles on it, no mechanical problems but watch the rails on your open sky, one on my car popped up and i took it to the deal and they added more "clips to the rail and 3 months later it popped up again so they replaced the whole rail with more clips. I have heard that this is a problem with the open sky.

    I have not had this problem yet but CR said there can be brake problems and Audio problems. And i also heard the open sky shade system will stop clipping when you try to shut it. Anyway, so far i really love the car it is really fun to drive hope you enjoy yours. Cheers.
  • eliaselias Posts: 2,147
    jlaw one aspect of your post is incorrect. In fact, nobody can legitimately provide you the actual price of the car to the dealer - that info is private contractual information.
    So perhaps you are unaware that the invoice price is a 'made up number' just like MSRP.
    But of course, 'invoice' is a better baseline to use when negotiating a new car price from consumer viewpoint.
  • Does anyone have information on prices paid for an A-3 TDI? I am looking at an A-3 Premium automatic with the convenience and cold-weather package. Any information would be appreciated!
  • Of course i am aware that the invoice and MSRP is an irrelevant and made up price of the car,Consumer reports has the typical prices dealerships pay for the cars which is the price you should be negotiating.
  • eliaselias Posts: 2,147
    Consumer reports doesn't know the price the dealerships pay for new cars either; they too have no way to know private contractual information.

    Also to be clear, i don't consider msrp/invoice prices to be irrelevant - each is a good reference point to consider, along with the possibility that the dealer is paying thousands below "invoice price" to the manufacturer.
    Sometimes the dealer-to-manufacturer price is called the "dealer memo price".

    Anyway, it is good that you are an educated consumer, Johnny Law! Cheers...
  • Consumer Reports offers a Bottom Line — the price where you should start negotiating (including current national rebates, unadvertised dealer incentives, and holdbacks).
    Dealer Invoice Price (provided by the manufacturer to the dealer).
    Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) — what the dealer wants you to pay.
    Invoice and MSRP Prices for all factory-installed options & packages.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 70,555
    Gee... we have all that here, as well.. :)


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  • My husband and I are also looking at the A3 TDI with the cold weather package,
    we were quoted $34,000 not sure of the exact amount.
    We were concerned about repair costs, have you ever owned an Audi prior, someone told us they are very expensive to repair?
    we are also looking at the Jetta stationwagon tdi, it is less expensive but really the same car, have you looked at that?
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 9,512
    I've gone more than 57,000 miles now and my costs have been minimal.

    New Battery at 3 years and one month old = $100 + labor
    New wipers = $50
    New Tires = varies

    And they had to replace my AC compressor under warranty, the center armrest/cup holder assembly in the rear seat, and the center stack lid, all under warranty.

    Not bad at all, in fact, quite good.
    Toy '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD, Commuter '16 Kia Optima LX 1.6 Turbo FWD, Wife's '17 VW Golf All-Track SE 4-Motion AWD
  • Have been talking to an LA area dealer about a 2007 A3 S-line with 11,000 miles, Skyroof, auto for $22,000. It is a lease return. How does it stack up? Any feedback.
  • anyone has the updated audi 2010 invoice pricing guide?

    I have a copy below, but w/out the pricing info...

    i checked edmunds for the 2010 a3 and the msrp pricing listed is not the same as it's listed at <-- this is what makes it's frustrating. so how does edmunds get the invoice/msrp pricing info?
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