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Hi all,

Finally I got my First Audi (first car) in my hands, it is a Q3 2013 model and Arnold Clark provided 60 days warranty alone, and they said they cannot extend the paid warranty since the miles are high (77k).

Some one give me an idea where can I take the warranty so that I can cover if any small works need to be carried out.
Also this is my first car don't have much idea is everyone need to buy the warranty or we can go with pay as go in the garage? which will be cheaper?

Thanks in Advance
 

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Hi, welcome to the club!

I have a 2013 Q3 I bought new that currently has 58,000 miles on it so I'm in a similar position to you. My suggestion would be to pay as you go as any warranty will be priced on a worst-case basis and providing it's serviced correctly there isn't much to worry you. Two obvious things to check though:-

If it has a cambelt (some do, some don't dependent on what engine yours has) check for a recent replacement and consider it - and a water pump change - before too long if it hasn't been changed.

If it's a Quattro the Haldex needs an oil change and filter clean every three years regardless of mileage otherwise it becomes a 2WD with an expensive repair bill. Again, check the service history if you can and if in doubt get it done anyway. Don't go to a main dealer for the work, find a good local VAG independent which will be a lot cheaper and the work should be at least as good.

Any other thoughts guys?
 
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You could get a quote from Warranty Wise but I found them rather expensive, but then I changed the car instead…….
 

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Hi Azar,welcome to the gang. Good advice,always from Gromit. As for warranty,the law is on your side,any fault(s) which occur in the first 6months,the onus is on the seller to prove they were not present when sold,not you to prove they were. Google the Consumer Rights Act 2015,you will get all the facts. Good luck,let’s hope you won’t need the protection of the act.
 
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys, I feel like I came to rite place.

Thank you Gromit
It is a Audi Q3 2.0 TDI SE

it is recently serviced one, I have to check the details for filter and oil change and all.

I have less knowledge about the cars. always worrying what I am going to do if car broke down in middle of a trip in Scotland. Don't I need breakdown cover also ?

Please bear with me if I am asking basic questions
 

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No worries, basic questions are always the easiest to answer. The 2.0TDI engine does have a timing belt IIRC, so as previously stated check to see if it's already been replaced along with the water pump. If not, or if unsure, it would be sensible to budget for it and get it done at a VAG independent specialist before too long. Same with the Haldex unit - if it hasn't been done recently (it's not part of the normal service regime) get an oil change and filter clean done before it fails.

On a car of that age and mileage breakdown cover is an essential IMHO. Check out Green flag or (even better) Gem Motoring Assist. Great service from both of them without the cost overhead of the AA or RAC. You might also have it as part of your car insurance policy but check it out and if not go with either of these, whichever suits you and your wallet.
 
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Beware of a lot of ‘included’ breakdown policies with insurance or bank accounts as you often only get the absolute minimum of cover.
I have had the full top end personal cover (you in any car or motorcycle) from Britannia Rescue for donkeys years and their prices are very reasonable. My X3 spat all it’s coolant out at a busy rural junction and put itself into limp mode. 45 minute wait was fair enough and he would take us wherever we needed to go…home then my indie picked it up the next morning.
 
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Thank you David and Gromit, I am planning to take insurance from Bell, since they are providing good price. And Planning to take the breakdown cover also from them(delivered by AA). But Bell asking me to install a plug and drive device, since I don't have any driving history in UK. Will that be an issue ?
 

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If the plug & drive enables you to get good and cost-effective insurance and also enables you to build up some insurance history for future insurances, I cannot see a problem. Just drive safely :)
 
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