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Why the different offers for my SEAT Leon?

Went wth the intention or ordering the new Audi A3 Saloon at my local dealership and they quoted me just €11,000 for my 142 SE 1.2 petrol SEAT Leon SC with just 29,500km on the clock! SEAT was offering me €16k for the same car.

What do you think the trade in value should be?

Sean Cotter (Cork)

Jun 2016 Filed under: used car values

Expert answer

Hi Sean,

I'd say your Audi dealer is low-balling you, but perhaps not by that much. Equally, I'd say your SEAT dealer is over-bidding a little to keep you in the brand. Second hand trade in values are never an exact science because it depends as much on what other cars the dealer has on their lot already as on the actual car itself.

Your Leon is a pretty basic one, but that's not necessarily a bad thing and if it were me, I'd probably pitch you between €13,000 and €14,000 as a trade in and that's staying on the safe side. Again though, every dealer's setup and circumstances are different and therefore every trade in offer is different. 

Of course, what you can always do is tell the Audi dealer if he matches the SEAT quote, he's got a deal...

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor

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