BostoVolkswagen is auctioning bought-back TDIs to dealers for fix and resale. There are quite a few available (3,400 on cars.com last time we checked) and they appear to be selling well. Many TDI fans see this is their last chance to snag a nearly-new TDI, as VW says they won’t be importing any in the future. If you’re in the market, here are a few things you may find helpful to know, and some things to look for and negotiate when making a purchase.
All formerly bought-back TDIs offered by VW must be fixed before resale. Since dealers are completing fixes on cars, most TDIs you’ll find for sale will be at VW dealers. Some may be wholesaled after the fix, and some customers may trade in fixed cars to independent dealers, so you may find one at a non-VW dealer. Anything is possible, but it’s unlikely you’ll find a car that hasn’t had the fix completed. Be sure to ask for documentation that the fix was completed, especially if purchasing from a non-VW car dealer or a private party.
Fixed vehicles are eligible for an extended warranty, shown above for the “Gen 1” vehicles. Gen 2 (’12-14 Passat) and Gen 3 (all ’15 2.0L TDIs) are similar. Good news is that you get a minimum of 4 years/48,000 miles warranty, more if the car has low miles. Emissions equipment included is pretty comprehensive, including the turbocharger and high pressure fuel pump. This means that most issues you might face with the fuel, boost, and emissions system are covered. Great news!
In addition, VW dealers are offering 2 years/unlimited mileage warranties on most TDIs that are sold as Certified Pre-Owned cars. Check with the selling dealer to make sure your car qualifies. If it does, with the 2 year bumper-to-bumper warranty and the emissions warranty, any additional extended warranty may be redundant. When comparison shopping between VW and non-VW dealers, keep in mind that the warranty has significant value.
Vehicle History and Component Replacements
First, all bought back vehicles will show a title process through Auburn, MI on Carfax. That’s because of the buyback process and doesn’t mean the car had an owner in Michigan. But that history will also give you an idea of when the car was bought back, and more important, how long it’s been sitting in a storage lot.
If the car’s been in storage for a while, you may want to negotiate replacing (or compensation for) parts that don’t cope well with extended sitting.
When VW allowed dealers to sell 2015 cars that had been sitting on their lots for 18 or more months, they authorized dealers to replace the following items:
They also flushed and refilled the adblue tank, changed oil, and flushed brake fluid. If you’re purchasing a car that’s already several years old and has also been sitting for several months, a year, or more, you may want to check the tire’s age, look at the brake rotors for rust, and have the dealer test the battery for cold cranking power. Tires have a manufacture date stamped in the sidewall. The one pictured was made in the 6th week of 2017, or in mid-February. If the car’s been sitting the tires may be dry-rotted, or flat spotted and won’t smooth out with use.
Dealers we’ve talked to are enthusiastic about having TDIs on their lots again. We think it’s great that these cars have a new lease on life. Happy shopping!