What used Audi TT coupe will I get for my budget?
Entry into the TT world starts at around £4,500 for a 2006 second-gen car with an average to high mileage for the year, bought privately. Check history and condition carefully. Between £6000 and £8000 buys you a good condition, average mileage TT with a full service history, dating from 2006-2008. Up the dosh to between £8000 and £10,000 and you're looking into the face of 2010 cars, full history and average mileage, bought from an independent dealer, while £10,000 to £12,000 will net you a 2011 car. Above this, think £14,000 for a good 2014 car.
How much does it cost to run a Audi TT coupe?
The newer diesel is the most economical model, with lower CO2 emissions, and therefore offers cheaper road tax, and official fuel economy of 53.3mpg. Second-hand values are high, though, so you'll pay a high price for one. The 2.0-litre petrol isn't excessive, with 36.7mpg and 183g/km of CO2, and better than the V6 model, at 27.4mpg and a high 247g/km of CO2.
A service history is essential on an old TT. Cars with this will cost more, but you'll reap the benefits when it's time to sell the car on. There's a good selection of quality independent garages who will care for older cars.
So far the second-generation TT is proving durable, with few reliability problems. The original TT can become troublesome in later life, although the latest version has an excellent reliability record.
This is a sports coupe so insurance premiums reflect that and you need to budget accordingly.