19 August 2004

It had to happen sooner or later – Audi TT Coupés are starting to become sensible money for both new and used buyers. You’ll have to put up with the lower-powered 180bhp version and accept left-hand drive, but prices are now occasionally even dipping below the £10,000 mark. We spotted a T-plate European import, front-wheel-drive model with 40k on the clock for just £9995 being sold privately, as well as a V-plate 225bhp import with four-wheel drive and 40,000 miles being advertised for £12,500. Prices for UK-sourced cars are looking more favourable these days, too. Plenty of models are now around privately for less than £14,000; witness the 99V 60k version we spotted going for £13,500. However, the 99T 40k example with a full set of extras and a new MoT, on sale for £14,000, looked a better deal. Prices still aren’t quite as tempting at main dealers, but they’re going in the same direction and choice is much wider. Typical of the sort of deal on offer was the 00V 41k example in Denim Blue we spotted with a sticker price of £17,995, while a London dealer was selling a 180bhp model on a V-plate for £16,795 with 46,000 miles. There’s better tidings for new buyers these days, too. Gone are the times when an Audi salesman would force you into paying list price: on every model – even the latest V6 – you should be able to get close to a grand shaved off the list price.

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