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#1 Saturday 19th September 2015 22:25:50

Ibbzy
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Audi A3 pros and cons

Hi all, I am a new PDI, i had done my part 1 and part 2 previously and unfortunately my 2 years elapsed without me passing part 3. In that time i was teaching on a Pink license, just re done my part 1 got part 2 next month (wish me luck!!!) Looking to imediattely join a smaller company with my own car and train for part 3 and teach at the same time

Firstly, i use to be with RED had a Corsa (Disel) Hated it! due its shaking at high speeds, got a Polo from RED absolutely loved it. Now that i am looking to join a small company i am thinking of getting the Audi A3. My reasons (Looks great as i see Bill Plant) Need a decent boot for family reasons. Dont know much else about the car, hence looking for advise.

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Ibbzy

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#2 Sunday 20th September 2015 16:10:22

Roadmaster
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Do some reasearch and test drive some cars to find what suits you best. Everyone has different  opinions on which is best based on what they want.

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#3 Monday 21st September 2015 11:39:57

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depreciation would a big factor, especially as you haven't qualified.

Personally I would use anything until you where qualified then splash out as a qualification present to yourself, maybe speak to your franchise if they have anything available if not try a 6 month lease?

Also, I've never rated Audi's especially after my recent stint in one. personally go for something like a focus, astra, cee'd etc and get a really nice spec. My dad once used a 120d for 2 or 3 years, he loved it at the time but he's now driving a top of the range mini, he wouldn't swap back in a million years

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#4 Monday 21st September 2015 12:41:01

Ibbzy
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Hi all, thank you for your advice, when i was with RED, i was paying £230 a week. I looked at Audi, it would come at a cost of £358 a month. Ive never done this and its all new to me. How does a driving instructor take a car on lease as leasing companies hate us.

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#5 Monday 21st September 2015 19:34:47

martin Williams
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Buy a second hand car for 2 or 3  grand or a short lease 2nd hand car then upgrade IF you qualify. You really need to sit down and have a long term business plan working out your expected revenue and your on going costs. Or you will end up like the many thousands of ADIs who pack up after a couple of years having made little or no money.

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#6 Monday 21st September 2015 20:57:33

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From a business point of view a £20K plus car doesn't make financial sense for learners though its easy to justify paying this to yourself, Ive done it myself.
Some franchises use expensive cars to attract ADIs and cheap offers to attract learners. I'm sure they are making money a lot easier than their franchised ADIs are who have to put long hours in to make a profit.


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#7 Tuesday 22nd September 2015 14:41:35

TDAScott
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there are some specialist lease companies, have a look at CA Cars, they actually sell some 2/3 year old diesel cars for £5/7000 but also do 7 month lease's for the PDI's etc.

An Audi may be £360 a month but add on a franchise fee and any money you make will decrease rapidly. Why not have a think about how much you could afford to put into a car now and work out what sort of car you could buy? Add in the price of dual controls and an insurance policy it may be better to go to a local school and ask them to supply a car (when you have qualified your insurance should drop down)

Where in the world are you? Could be a big factor in how much you will pay for a franchise and how much you can earn and I'm sure there are people local enough to put you in touch with a good company.

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