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2015 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Final Update (And Fun With Car Buying Scammers)

2015 Volkswagen GTI, Image: ? 2016 Steve Lynch/The Truth About Cars

The automotive media slobbered?over the redesigned 2015 Volkswagen GTI sporty hatchback ever since its intro two years ago. I put 13,500 miles on mine over the past?year and that i agree that it is?one?of the great all-around fun cars available today.

I just went through the process of promoting?it, and?that is when the real fun began.?I sold?the actual GTI last?week for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s?resale value is great, in part because VW still is not building enough?of them -?perhaps they are depressed by other issues? -?and by the litany of “Greatest Car” awards bestowed around the little hot hatch.

I am also concerned about the future of the company in the usa, so I figured promoting now would be a hedge against future lost value. Replacing the actual GTI is?a whitened 2016?Mercedes-Benz C300 with the optional?Sport?Package (my very first personal?car with no stick shift in years -?sigh, I must be getting old.)

Aside from?an occasional irritating glitch from the entertainment system while actively playing my iPod (this shows the wrong song name), the VW performed flawlessly. From 13,500 miles, there are no?squeaks or rattles and also the engine seems to grow stronger as the kilometers add up. I have had poor experiences in the past?with turbocharged motors, but the 210 horsepower mill is very sleek and I have become used to its?minor turbo lag.

In a?previous?update, I noted the GTI’utes thin paint was susceptible to paint potato chips here in rocky?Arizon. This particular still holds true, because evidenced by the 10 or so chips around the hood and front fascia.

The Audi-like cockpit had been extremely?comfortable?and also the funky Tartan plaid seats always?made me grin. The ride had been firm but not irritating, a small?trade-off for what must be one of the best cornering?front-wheel-drive cars currently available.

The manual transmission GTI?is EPA rated at 25 miles per gallon city and Thirty four mpg highway. We?averaged 30.6 miles per gallon over the course of the year on the 50/50 mix of city and highway driving, the latter typically at five to 10 miles per hour?over the speed limit. The cheapest mileage I noticed was 24 mpg during a blast in the twisty turns?on Tucson’utes Mt. Lemmon. Where?else can?you find this type of?economy combined with a 0C60 miles per hour time of 5.75 seconds?

The GTI is a great combination?of?performance and practicality and I will miss it.


My experience selling the car was interesting. I posted?the GTI?at a firm price of just?below $20,000 on craigslist and Autotrader, undercutting all the sellers pricing them from $21,000 to $22,Thousand. I figured?that after?their negotiating games the realistic?retail price?was right at $20,Thousand. For a car with an original MSRP of $25,605, the GTI?is proving to possess?great resale value.

(As an aside, I understand there is one?Autotrader semi-executive that frequents?TTAC, and to that individual I say: please teach your phone repetitions about time zones; I did not appreciate?the 6:35 AM wake-up contact to verify my advert.)

A number of GTI?devotees called, desperately?hoping which?my?car?had the optional Performance Package with its 10 additional horses, bigger brakes and performance differential. One documented there were zero new white GTIs?with the upgrade in stock at any Volkswagen?dealer in between Denver and?Los Angeles. I would have loved that package, but as I noted in my original story of purchasing my GTI, getting the precise option?package?as well as color you want through VW is nearly not possible unless you custom order your vehicle. Come on, Volkswagen, is it really that?difficult to give the volks what they need?

Most of the other?prospects who called or even texted me were the usual gang of?suspects. A few sample questions:

“Can you hold the car until I fly in from Chicago this weekend to look at it?” Nope.

“Can you deliver?the car to Utah at that price?” Nope.

“Will you take $15,000 cash?” Nope. “But it is cash on the actual hood!” ?I just take cash, I am not the dealer, dimbulb.

“Is your car?an?automatic?” Nope, read the ad.

“Is your car?a 4-door?” Not a chance, read the ad.

I seemed to be bombed with inquiries symbolizing?a new angle?within the automotive?world: businesses?that?will “help you’” sell?your vehicle.

With millions of private transactions occurring?annually, these parasites want to get their hands on some of that money. They?call or even text and make believe you be legitimate purchasers, asking all the correct questions for a few moments before they reveal their own true identity. Probably the most deceptive?and annoying?of these inquiries had been?from a firm?called beepi.com. I was too busy haranguing or dangling up on these firms?to listen to?any of their spiels, but I learned that beepi?charges a commission of up to nine percent of the profit on the sale?cost of the car.


One scam new to me is the “phony VIN report” ruse. I obtained?several texts from the location 800 miles away with variations of this?message: “This really is Susan. I want to purchase your car today, I’ve cash.”

After responding, the actual “customer” then says she?needs me to operate a VIN history report and referred me personally to this site?– a probable?scam website designed to steal?people’s?credit card numbers.

A gentleman?in his mid-20s came to look at?the GTI. He was a dream purchaser?-?newly showed up from Europe in order to?work here for three years, great job, very smart, only drove stick shifts, loved GTIs, presently in a rental car, paying cash and didn’t abuse the car throughout the test drive. Add the fact that there were only 4 white, two-door, six-speed “S” model GTIs outlined nationwide on Autotrader and this one was ten?minutes from their house, meant that when he called later to state he was going to purchase it, I did not feel the need to inquire about a non-refundable deposit to lock him down.

I had?momentarily?forgotten the First Commandment of Car Selling: if a offer happens quickly and easily,?you’ve got no deal.

He texted me the following day to say he changed his mind, as he claimed my cost was too high. He explained that?automotive website Edmunds.com calculated?that the retail value?on my?GTI was?$18,000, a figure which was?lower that the wholesale?price?offered?by my local CarMax store to buy my car. In other words, Edmunds was at minimum?$2,000 light. Perhaps?they throw?away lowball figures therefore customers switch off personal party sales and use their car purchasing service instead.

I told him to have Edmunds find?and?sell?him a GTI?at that price, which of course they cannot. I suppose I learned that Western Millennials?are like their alternatives in America: whatever information they find by surfing the?internet on their phones?is actually?the absolute truth.

He most likely?changed his mind for another reason he or she did not want to expose, which means I also didn’t remember The Second Commandment of Vehicle Selling: buyers are liars.

I sold and delivered the car?the next day to a different party.?It was much more fun to own the actual GTI than to sell it!

[Images: ? 2016 Steve Lynch/The Truth About Cars]

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