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Re: Subject: Odometer Discrepancy : What to do ?
Mike Arman wrote:
> >Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 10:40:20 -0600
> >From: "Mike Theuri" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >Subject: Odometer Discrepancy : What to do ?
> With MOST used cars, mileage over 100,000 generally means dealers won't
> touch it, so it effectively has "dropped off" the bluebook after that
> anyway. Since your car *already* shows 158,000+, there's no *real*
> difference in value of the car between 158,000, 168,000, 178,000, etc. No,
> you didn't get screwed, because total mileage on an Audi is FAR from the
> most important factor in determining the value of the car.
As one who had an opportunity to sample a number of used Audis brought
in on trade, I can affirm this. The difference between a car with 89,000
and 109,000 was much more psychological than mechanical. This could hurt
resale value, however at 158,000 or more what difference does it make?
Probably not worth the time to pursue legally.
A few people have complained to the list about buying cars with tampered
with odometers (not broken). The odometers had been rolled back
signficantly. This is because German cars mask age extremely well.
My 89 200q (still) with 179,000 would often be in much better condition
than other poorly maintained Audis coming in on trade, including one 91
200q with less than 100,000 miles on it. Condition, indicated by
inspection and records, is much more important than mileage.