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Buying a pre-owned vehicle isn’t child’s play and the admin that goes into it needs one to invest time, energy, money and good sense. Besides doing research regarding the best finance plan for the car, you need to think of other very important factors that come into play in the long run and may make ownership a nightmare if the boxes aren’t checked. A history report for the particular vehicle you intend on buying would be a great place to start to find out about the car’s condition prior to your inspection. Are the windows cracked or even chipped?  This could indicate that the car has been involved in a collision. Another easy way to check for accident damage is to feel the car for any dips and uneven bumps.
We all know Getting stranded on the side of the road in South Africa with car problems can be a major bummer let alone not the safest thing these days, but being stuck on the side of the road with a very quick and easy, fixable problem like a flat tyre shouldn’t be. As a Volkswagen and Audi approved group we place the essential tools needed and a spare tyre under the floor of the trunk.
Before you start jacking up the car, the nuts holding the wheel to the hub need to be loosened.
One of the most important things to remember when jacking up your car is to place the jack at the correct location under the vehicle. Since the nuts have already been loosened, simply use your hand to unscrew them the rest of the way. Now that the car is back on the ground, you can finish tightening the nuts with the tyre iron. The Audi A3 and Audi A3 Sportback are two of our most recognised and successful volume models. They delight with a sophisticated interior, where the intelligent, novel layout of the controls makes the passenger compartment appear even more spacious and uncluttered – and where the optional MMI® navigation plus with MMI touch offers amazingly intuitive operation. AUDI AG celebrated a very special event this week when the five millionth Audi with a quattro all-wheel drive system was built. The record is a testament to the leading role played by the pioneering all-wheel drive – no other premium brand in the world can claim such high sales figures for a four-wheel drive or a comparable range of models boasting more than 140 quattro variants. The quattro is especially important for the Neckarsulm site, where the record-setting car rolled off of the assembly line: more than one of every two cars Audi produces there features all-wheel drive.
For the compact A3, Q3 and TT models with transverse-mounted engine, Audi uses a quattro line featuring an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch with hydraulic actuator. The self-locking centre differential, which is used in most Audi models with an engine positioned longitudinally along the car’s centreline, is a purely mechanical planetary gear set that diverts torque instantly.
The dynamic RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Coupe and RS 5 Cabriolet models feature the centre differential in its latest stage of evolution.
With the quattro drive, Audi became a pioneer in all-wheel drive systems for passenger cars.
Audi’s stroke of genius, which made quattro technology possible in the first place, was the hollow shaft – a drilled-out secondary shaft in the transmission through which power flowed in two directions.
The revolutionary technology celebrated a dazzling debut at the 1980 International Geneva Motor Show in the new Audi quattro, a coupe with a boxy shape and 147 kW.
In 1986 Audi replaced the manual-locking centre differential of the first generation with the Torsen differential (Torsen = torque sensing).
In early 1981 Audi blew like a hurricane into the world championship scene with the quattro. The 1984 season also started off with a bang – the newly recruited two-time world champion Walter Rohrl won the Monte Carlo Rally ahead of his team colleagues Stig Blomqvist (Sweden) and Hannu Mikkola. Two years later the European ruling bodies banned all-wheel drive almost completely from touring car races. Audi South Africa is pleased to announce the introduction of the highly anticipated Audi A4 allroad quattro® to the Audi A4 family. With allroad-specific styling, quattro® all-wheel drive and S tronic transmission, the new A4 allroad is the perfect cross-over estate car.
Just recently the allroad won America?s prestigious Active Lifestyle Vehicle of 2012 in the Luxury On-Road category. With a raised ride height of 180mm and additional under body protection, the A4 allroad is a capable on or off-road companion.
The ride quality of the Audi A4 allroad quattro® is further enhanced by using suspension technology developed specifically for the allroad quattro®. The A4 allroad boasts the same improvements under the skin as the Sedan and its range of features is just as rich and rewarding as that for the other A4 models. Both engines are highly efficient and specifically suited to the allroad?s characteristics. An entry-level engine will now be added to the Audi TT Coupe range from January 2013, providing customers with a more affordable entry into the compact sports car segment.
Audi Sandton, one of our dealerships, is the biggest seller on new Audi Motor Vehicles in South Africa! Thank you to all our loyal customers who have supported us over the years and especially last year. Just recently the allroad won America’s prestigious Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year award in Luxury On-Road category. With a raised ride height and additional under body protection, the A4 allroad is a capable on or off-road companion.
The ride quality of the Audi A4 allroad quattro® is enhanced, using suspension technology developed specifically for the allroad quattro® for a reliable and consistent off-road drive. Both engines are highly efficient and specifically suited to the allroad’s characteristics. So what's your favourite #radio station 2 listen to that gets your head bobbing whilst taking a trip in your #VW? Meet Graham Smallberg and see how he ends his weekend off with a beautiful view in #CapeTown. Oettinger #Beetle has with the widest body anywhere in Europe with a six-cylinder Porsche 911 engine. Now you can get a perfect look at the #Volkswagen #Beetle with this detailed dissection of an historic vehicle. It's important to make sure you have all of the facts before buying a used car in Charlotte. While buying a used car, you are not aware of the condition and problems of that car beforehand.
This article will look at these two methods to enable a decision to be made as to which is the right one. Even if your dealer informs you that the used car you want to buy has never been in an accident, it is still of paramount importance that you check the frame damage of the car.
If you are purchasing a used vehicle, then remember that all levels of accidents from the minor to the severe can cause frame damage. The inspection should determine any past collision such as sub frames, rust damage frame alterations, front and rear frame horns, rebuilt or damage frame channels, floor pans, upper and lower control arms, frame rails, core supports, valence panels cross members, non-factory welds, and so on. A professional certified frame expert would be competent to confirm that the frame is identical as when it came from the factory. Another way to make some check on the frame history of the car is to do an online check using one of the car history checking companies. Cartell®, Ireland’s only all Ireland Car History Check company, is now offering buyers a car history check on vehicles imported from the UK and Northern Ireland. Alan Bishop, Industry Relations Director for HPI, believes this partnership will prove invaluable in protecting Irish dealers and consumers from buying suspect vehicles.

A recent study of 4350 vehicles imported from the UK showed that in 2001(?) almost 1 in 10 was a write off.
As well as confirming whether a vehicle has outstanding car finance, is recorded as stolen, or has previously been written-off, HPI’s used car check also confirms many other details including the make, model, colour, door plan, and engine size.
Formed in 1938, HPI have been checking vehicles ever since and have grown to become the UK’s largest provider of vehicle history data. We’re Hiring!Cartell is the Irish market leader providing automotive services and data to the motor trade. This can greatly influence the value at which the car is placed and the overall maintenance. If the fender or the bumper looked scratched or even replaced then it might be a good idea to investigate whether the car has had further damage.
They can be an indication of previous accidents whereas a balanced reflection of you would mean it is less likely that the car was in a n accident, or a minor one at best, a warped image on the body of the vehicle suggests that it has gone through the panel beaters.
Accidents cause major recognisable damage to car’s body so this should be relatively easy to figure out. If it has some clamp marks around its sides, it may mean that the car has gone through major repairs. Even though that could mean that the previous owner felt the paint was old and needed a revamp, do not rule out that it goes beyond rust damage. Here are a few simple steps that will teach you how to change your own tyre and get you back on your way. Most of the time they will be on fairly tight, so simply using the force of your hands won’t work. Once you’ve tightened them as tight as they will go, lower the car down with the jack slowly.
It’s important to note that the nuts should be tightened in a diagonal pattern, meaning that after you tighten the first nut, then tighten the nut diagonally across from the first nut. Download your Lindsay Saker Audi Desktop Calendar and decide how you want to prepare your future . In many respects, both the A3 hatch and Sportback have always combined class-leading quality, efficiency and driving enjoyment. With Audi ultra lightweight technology, providing the basis for excellent efficiency combined with sporty performance. Adding together all of the available body types, engines and drive systems amounts to more than 140 different models. Between 1994 and 2012, Audi has delivered 26,828 quattro models to the South African market, with close to 5,000 quattro units being delivered in 2012 alone.
The name represents driving safety and sportiness, technical competence and a dynamic attitude that doesn’t let even adverse road conditions hold it back.
Normally it distributes 40 percent of the engine torque to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear; if needed, it can direct the majority of power to the axle with better traction.
The light and compact crown gear center differential, which operates extremely fast and smoothly, is named for the geared wheels in its interior.
It features viscous coupling that can divert 15 to 30 percent of torque to the front wheels when conditions call for it. The origins can be traced back to the winter of 1976-77, when a group of Audi engineers conducted test drives in the deep snow in Sweden. Originally planned for only low-volume production, high demand led to success for the original quattro model; repeatedly upgraded, it remained in the model lineup until 1991.
The company decided back in the 1980s to offer the quattro drive system in every model line; the new models were important milestones on Audi’s path to the premium segment in the market.
Hannu Mikkola of Finland won the first six special trials in the snow at the Monte Carlo Rally. At the end of the season, Audi took the world championship title for the first time and Blomqvist won the drivers’ title. It celebrated its greatest triumph in 1987: Walter Rohrl stormed up the 156 curves of Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA, in absolute record time with 440 kW. Starting in 1988 the brand raced in the TransAm series and won the title right off the bat.
The Audi balance sheet up to that point read as follows: four titles in the rally world championships, three victories at Pikes Peak, a championship win in the TransAm, two DTM titles, eleven national touring car championships and a touring car world championship. The allroad was previously introduced to South Africa in the form of the Audi A6 allroad in 2001, but discontinued in 2004. The stainless steel under body guard, specific allroad applications and a body that is noticeably higher, the Audi A4 allroad quattro® combines the assertiveness of an off-road vehicle with the sporty elegance of an Avant. Alongside greater stability, there is outstanding grip in the most demanding conditions thanks to the latest generation quattro® permanent all-wheel-drive system and ESP off-road detection, both of which come as standard. One special function is off road detection (ORD), which detects the condition of the driving surface and adapts the control characteristic of the ESC stabilization control system accordingly. The second generation Audi TT was launched in 2006 and was named the “World Design Car of the Year” in 2007. The 1.8T FSI engine being introduced has a power output of 118kW and generates 250 Nm of torque.
The body of the Coupe weighs only 206 kilograms, which breaks down to 140 kilograms of aluminium (68 percent) and 66 kilograms of steel (32 percent).
The allroad was previously introduced to South Africa in the form of the Audi A6 allroad in 2001. The stainless steel under body guard, specific allroad applications and the body that is noticeably higher, the Audi A4 allroad quattro® combines the assertiveness of an off-road vehicle with the sporty elegance of an Avant. Would u like to see this modern microbus come into production and in2 the #SouthAfrica market? This means digging into the history of the used car and paying attention to any suspicious information. This would reveal whether the car was damaged from any side, either regarding the panels or the frame itself. Some cars have frames that consist of a metal sheet which is bent and formed, then spot welded together.
He would also be able to determine the extent of any past accident damage and the repair quality. This will highlight whether the car has been in an accident and whether the car received any damage to the frame. By following the advice above, it should be possible to have the least possible chance of buying a frame damaged used car. This new service, which is only available from, will provide much needed reassurance for car buyers by giving them all the information they need about a vehicle before they purchase it. Aherne continues, “Our overall mission as a company is to offer a service that gives car buyers access to all the information they need about a car before they purchase it.
This data is checked to make sure it matches the descriptions recorded against the vehicle at the time of manufacture, protecting the interests of the motorist and helping dealers meet their legal obligations. As a growing company and due to internal promotion, we have identified an opening for a Field Sales Executive. Fenders and bumpers are a great tell-tale sign for possible further damage as they are easy to break since they are made of plastic.
Place the tyre iron on one of the nuts, then place your foot on the iron and use your body weight to loosen the nut. Most frames will have a slot cut into them next to each tire, where the top of the jack will fit.

This ensures that you are tightening the tyre evenly onto the vehicle and helps prevent the tyre from wobbling when you drive.
It was the Audi A3 that created the premium compact car segment when it made its debut in 1996. The third Audi A3 generation is well placed to write the next chapter of the success story.
The success of the quattro models on the road and in motorsport have contributed, as did a legendary series of TV commercials – beginning with the ski jump in Kaipola, Finland, which the Audi 100 CS quattro climbed in 1986 on its own power. But it’s not just SUV drivers who rely on the all-wheel drive from the carmaker with the four rings: nearly one in four customers for the other model lines selected a quattro drive in 2012. Under normal conditions, the clutch sends power almost exclusively to the front wheels; if wheel slippage occurs there, it can direct up to 100 percent of the torque to the rear.
Torque vectoring perfects the action of the differential at maximum cornering speeds with subtle, selective and pulsing application of the brakes. If required, up to 85 percent of torque can be diverted to the front and a maximum of 70 percent to the rear.
Located on the front axle, the coupling is powered through a cardan shaft that runs to the front from the transmission through the engine’s crankcase. An Iltis traveled along for comparison purposes – despite its mere 55 kW, the leggy all-terrain vehicle easily outdid the much more powerful Audi prototypes with their front-wheel drive systems. The other half of drive torque was transferred to the front axle’s differential along an output shaft rotating inside the hollow secondary shaft. The next big step came in 2005 with the planetary drive that offered asymmetrical, dynamic distribution of the power. The first TDI with permanent all-wheel drive appeared in 1993; four years later the technology moved into the compact segment. With a lead of almost six minutes, he lost his chance at victory when he made contact with a small wall. In 1990 Audi switched over to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (German Touring Car Championship, or DTM), and Hans Stuck also took the title here in the first year with the large and powerful V9 quattro. The competition involved seven categories with each grouping of finalists assessed by juries made up of journalists, and 70 athletes who participate in sports including cycling, triathlon, kayaking and running.
It offers 180 millimeters of ground clearance, and distinctive design details such as the stainless steel underbody protection, the Single frame grille with vertical chrome bars and the allroad-specific range of wheels underscore its strong character.
The TT boasts impressive efficiency figures due to its lightweight aluminium body, and the efficiency figures for this particular model remain as impressive.
The Audi Space Frame body of the TT is not only extremely lightweight, it is also very strong and exhibits very low-vibration, providing the foundation for sporty and precise handling, a quiet ride and high passive safety.
The achievement of 843 new Audi’s in 2012 not only made Audi Sandton the biggest seller for the year but, it also makes them the biggest seller in the history of Audi South Africa. The new Audi A4 allroad is available for ordering and is due for local introduction in February 2013. The last thing you want is to invest in a vehicle that's going to cause more problems for you down the road! There are essentially two ways to do it, and that is to either have a survey of the car frame done by a qualified person or run a car history check through one of the online agencies which specialize in this. If the frame damage is reported, then it is advisable to have the inspection of vehicle before you decide to purchase it.
At the very least, a car history check should be carried out as a bare minimum of care when buying a used car. Use the online checking services and also employ a frame specialist to personally survey the car for added protection. HPI also owns the National Mileage Register, the UK’s largest database of mileages with over 125 million mileage checks, to alert car buyers and dealers to potential mileage discrepancies. A cool trick is to compare sides to gauge what the car should look like and how one side may be different. The Q7 SUV uses a special form of the classic quattro centre differential that is integrated into a transfer case.
As with the traditional centre differential, it can be combined with another Audi technology – the sport differential, which actively distributes power to the rear wheels. The hollow shaft permitted all-wheel drive that was virtually tension-free, light, compact and efficient, and that operates without the need for a heavy transfer case or second shaft.
In 1996 the A4 quattro Supertouring, with its two-liter, four-cylinder engine, entered seven national championships on three continents – and won them all.
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro with hybrid technology presented a new, groundbreaking equipment package – and immediately celebrated a dazzling double victory.
The juries assessed the cars in each category on overall design, engine power, fuel efficiency and cargo capability. It also boasts the redesigned headlights and the distinctively shaped bumper of the updated Audi A4 launched in 2012. It also boasts the redesigned headlights and the distinctively shaped bumper of the Audi A4 launched earlier this year. You want a vehicle that was well-kept with routine car maintenance and is free of serious damage. So there is no doubt that a car with such a frame is very delicate and likely to be damaged during accidents. Remember, there are some dealers in the market who make the accidental frame of the car look better and in a good condition.
If the vehicle is imported will obtain GB or NI vehicle history using the previous UK registration number, even if it is currently on an Irish registration plate, meaning that you get two checks for the price of one.
Ferdinand Piech, then the Audi Board Member for Technical Development, began developing an all-wheel car. The quattro principle is especially suitable for sporty cars, which Audi produces in high volumes. It will be available in both manual and S tronic transmission but will only be available in Coupe body style. To ensure you're buying a quality used car in Charlotte, we suggest asking for a vehicle history report before making your purchase! So before buying a used car, have the frame inspected for frame damage by a certified frame expert. A  Toyota of N Charlotte explains vehicle history reportsA vehicle history report compiles information about a Charlotte used car to give you a comprehensive overview of the vehicle's past.
Therefore a buyer should understand how to conduct a frame check to assure themselves about the condition of the car. This information is taken from police reports, the DMV, insurance companies, car dealers, towing companies and many other sources. Check if there seems to be any unevenness in the paint of the car’s body, then it may be that the damaged portion was covered up by new paint. Luckily, we offer a free vehicle history report with every Charlotte used car - all you have to do it ask! All you have to do is get the vehicle's VIN number and use a third-party source, such as CarFax! It's up to you what you consider a deal-breaker.A Visit Toyota of N Charlotte today to check out our entire selection of quality pre-owned vehicles!

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