For more clarification on the TÜV (pronounced Tuef), it’s basically just Germany’s system for inspection. It tends to be a little different than how state inspections work in the states, but consider it a n in-depth inspection of the vehicle for several points and categories. One of the biggest reasons Used cars in Germany are so much good.
There’s two primary documents cars in Germany have and it’s a little different than in the US.
Farhzeugbrief teil I zulassungungsbescheinigung teil II are the vehicles registration and title. These are almost parchment stock green papers and the teil II is pretty long. Teil I is short and stubby.
Don’t make any decision based on such superficial pictures. You really need to have someone get under the car and look at rockers, chassis, floors, etc for rust.
W123 Mercedes, for example, need to have all those places looked at for rust and those cars are better-built vs any Audi of that era by magnitudes.
You also need to think about how much it will cost in depreciation (purchase price - resale value). MB and BMW of that era have a robust marketplace and although the current ‘bubble’ makes it harder it is still possible to know when one is overpaying. Do you have benchmarks on how much you could sell that for in the US?
Right, my plan was to fly over there with a couple of listings in mind and looking at them in person. But as StingerTT pointed out, apparently the COVID situation over there is…not the best. So I’ll be waiting a bit before buying probably.
This would be for myself, I don’t really plan on reselling it over here. I have only ever seen one for sale in the US for about a third of the price of the one that I linked above. However, I tried reaching out to that person numerous times with no success.
I’m an Audi enthusiast, so this would just be a fun weekend car that I’d be proud to own as they’re so rare in the US.
OP already stated he wasn’t buying for American resale value and the Europeans certainly don’t care what Americans value their cars at.
Regardless of the cost, OP has a desire to own a specific Audi only found in Europe and I believe they’ve also acknowledged they’re going to have to spend what it costs to get it regardless of the return value on the American market.
Sometimes you just can’t put a price on what you really want.
The link I posted is pretty close to FMV from what I’ve found.
Most of the listings I’ve found for this specific car are for cars that have been abused to no end, full body rust and completely gutted, and are still going for roughly €10k in Germany. I’ve found most of the restored listings are between €30-45k depending on mileage, and I’ve found a few that were garage kept for well over €60k.
However, comparing this car to the US market is hard since I’ve only been able to find one listing from years ago for this car. That specific car was 6/10 in condition and he was asking $15k.
This will be garage kept and passed down eventually.
This is precisely the case. It’s very possible that this specific vehicle is in the US somewhere, but I haven’t been able to find it. One of the versions of the car was sold in the US back in the 70s, but not the one I’m looking for.