For what it’s worth- we learned something new last week when taking our 2018 Audi Q5 w/ 10 mos remaining to a Porsche Dealer as a trade in.
They offered to match Vroom’s offer to buy the car. Our payoff amount from Audi FS website was $36k. Vroom and the Porsche dealer offered $34k. We accepted- we’d owe $2k. But - at the dealer we (and they) discovered
- Audi FS quotes a different buyout price to DEALERS, even another VW company dealer
- the won’t tell the dealer the buyout over the phone- we and they had to wait 1 hour for a fax
- the buyout price to the DEALER was $40k… WAY above what the car was worth (wholesale or retail). $4k MORE than our buyout price. So we left the dealer after a couple of hours “empty handed”
We called Audi FS- and they said “yep- we can charge dealers more. We don’t necessarily want to give a dealer a good price. But… that won’t happen if you buy/lease another Audi from an Audi Dealership…". This seemed clearly designed to prevent someone from trading in an Audi to lease another make.
So, we purchased the Q5 ourself, paid Audi $15 to get title fed-ex’d to us, and per CA DMV had10 days from the receipt of title to sell to another party without having to pay use tax. So we drove back to the Porsche dealer and made the same deal a week later.
We are sort of “smarting” from this. It was our 4th Audi lease. We won’t lease from them again. Anyway be aware everyone… John