so i have a 2017 Audi Q7 3.0T PP+ with about 73k miles on it - that has been regularly maintained and well kept. All of a sudden, one of the cylinders started misfiring while on cruise control on freeway. started as a simple diagnosis to replace spark plug/ignition coil etc. But now, 2 different mechanics (including one at Audi dealership) have looked at it and both said that one cylinder has lost all compression and is beyond repair. I need a whole new engine block!!
Dealership is quoting $30k+ to put in a new engine. checked around - even used engines from totaled/accidental cars are being sold for $8-9k. Labor would be on top of this. I am hesitant to put so much money into a 7 year old car with 73k miles on it.
Question to this community - I would like to cut my losses here and sell the car as-is. Who typically buys such cars. Is there a Carvana/Vroom equivalent for such cars who sell it for parts etc?
just looking for options (and eventually a new car , never getting into an Audi again for sure!).
so looking at ebay/ car-part.com , just the body panels themselves would be worth $10k, headlight assembly and taillight assembly is going for $2k each. that is how i came up with that (fairly optimistic I admit) figure of $30k in my head.
Repair estimate - Indy shop is also asking $5k for labor on top of engine (which is ard $8-9k).
Anyways, Carvana says they don’t take non-drivable cars. Vroom only quoted $4k for it.
if you’re the original owner and have done your maintenance at an Audi dealer, try asking for goodwill assistance by talking to your service advisor/director and calling Audi corporate. They might help at least partially.
Ebay is going to take 12% a little less with higher priced items once you hit price breaks, also, its going to take forever to part out a car, time to dismantle, shipping etc. A quick glance at the prices you quoted they are super optimistic for ebay after fees and actual selling price you are look at 50-70% of that number.` I flip high-end residential fixtures on eBay. you are going to incur so many hidden costs between time (don’t break any tabs), fees, bad buyers, and stress it is not worth it. With no extended warranty you are SOL.
The Indy shop price ain’t horrible. you can sell it once it is fixed or drive it. You were unlucky and learning why extended warranties exist.
LKQOnline LKQ has engines listed for under $6k. They have jobber pricing too so your local shop can probably get for a little less. Edit: they don’t have the 3.0 listed. Might have success calling them.
thanks everyone for chiming in and all the support.
my question is really if there is a way to sell this as is at a reasonable price and not throwing it away for $4-5k. I really don’t want to go through the engine replacement route and prefer to stop bleeding right here.
I would look into Facebook groups for Audi’s. No doubt there are some mechanics and/or mechanically inclined people on there who might be interested in taking it off your hands.
Other than that, maybe try Bring a Trailer or Cars and Bids? I have no idea their policy on running/driving though. Seems like one mans junk is another mans treasure on those sites. Last option may be to donate the car to an organization that will accept it. Wipe your hands of it and take the fair market value as a tax deduction.