I've been living in US for a while now and doing very well (Alhamduliliah). Recently, I've been thinking about buying a nice European car for my dad - he's always had a thing for BMW, Merc and Audis. Looking at the Audi A3, it looks very appealing, because of the price-point, styling, features included in the price of the car. The other option I'm considering is importing a used BMW from UK - as the new ones are really expensive.
I did have a few concerns that'll I'll really appreciate others opinion on. Assuming we decide to get an Audi A3...
- My parents live in DHA Lahore. Is it safe to own such a car in that area? Car snatchings are pretty uncommon in Lahore. I'm still worried if having such a car would get unwanted attention and result in more trouble than is worth it? Typically, I've noticed that the people who own these cars have a bodyguard as well. We do have a servant family that has been with us for almost a decade now and we trust them very much, however, they obviously don't have the presence of a bodyguard with a gun.
- Traffic situation in Pakistan is pretty bad, especially the motorcycle guys who don't brake in time and ram into the bumper. Actually happened to our brand new civic on the 2nd day :l Now civic can be easily repaired by any 'mistry' but its going to be very costly for a car like Audi. In your experience, do other people keep distance from expensive cars or are they fair game in Lahori traffic?
- How's the resale values on these, especially Audi A3. I've noticed that quite a few of these were sold on pakwheels with very low mileage. Is there any reason for it? Did those guys get too much unwanted attention and decided to just get two civics instead
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