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Trade in or sell privately?

  • 14-12-2021 1:08pm
    Registered Users Posts: 11 GaryB1

    Hi all,

    I have a quick question and any help would be greatly appreciated.

    I have a 2010 Audi A4. It needs quite a lot of work done and a local mechanic reckons it’ll be €1,500 to have it NCT ready.

    I plan on selling it as soon as it passes the NCT. What I’m wondering is would I be better off trading it in now or paying for the repairs and selling it privately?

    Would a garage accept it without the repairs?


  • Registered Users Posts: 50,125 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26

    A garage will give you next to nothing for a 12 year old car that requires €1500 worth of work done to it. Equally it's worth very little as a private sale in it's current state. It's certainly worth more with a fresh NCT and investing €1500 may not be the worst idea in order to sell it? Surely a good 2010 A4 with a fresh NCT would be worth 4k or 5k privately? What exactly needs fixing that is costing €1500 for it to get through the NCT? Clutch/flywheel, timing belt? Maybe price around a different mechanic to see if it can be fixed cheaper.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,167 ✭✭✭ B-D-P--

    What sort of mileage are we looking at?

    SE or Sline?

  • Registered Users Posts: 11 GaryB1

    90k miles and it’s an SE

    it needs brake pads, brake callipers, a new water pump and 4 wishbones. 

    Does €1,500 sound right for all the above?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,974 ✭✭✭ User1998

    If your going to be trading it in I wouldn’t be mentioning any of the above. They are professionals let them figure it out for themselves

    I’d put it through the NCT first and see what it fails on

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,869 ✭✭✭ Dr_Colossus

    Sounds crazy expensive to me but thankfully I'm not very au fait with garage/dealer prices for repairs. For a parts reference I changed the front discs and pads, front wishbones, ball joints and inner tie rods on my 2007 Volvo S60 for €290 a few months ago.

    Did you try pricing all the components separately to get an estimate of parts vs labour or checking with a different garage for a quote on required work needed.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 37,534 ✭✭✭✭ the_syco

    I have a 2010 Audi A4. It needs quite a lot of work done and a local mechanic reckons it’ll be €1,500 to have it NCT ready.

    Put it through the NCT and see what it fails on; I doubt the mechanic will guarantee that it'll pass the NCT.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,677 ✭✭✭ 9935452

    Ate the callipers and brake pads front or rear ?

    Front callipers spurious are 100 ish a piece. Rear 200 ish a piece

    If you are doing a water pump you will be doing the timing belt too. Around 400 to 500 fitted.

    Id question if the wishbones need to be done. Ive a 09 A4 with over 250k miles on it and wishbones have never been touched

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,674 ✭✭✭ Brian Scan