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Audi AG (pronounced [??a??di? ?a??ge?] ( listen)) is a German automobile manufacturer that designs, engineers, produces, markets and distributes luxury vehicles. Audi is a member of the Volkswagen Group and has its roots at Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany. Audi-branded vehicles are produced in nine production facilities worldwide.
The origins of the company are complex, going back to the early 20th century and the initial enterprises (Horch and the Audiwerke) founded by engineer August Horch; and two other manufacturers (DKW and Wanderer), leading to the foundation of Auto Union in 1932. The modern era of Audi essentially began in the 1960s when Auto Union was acquired by Volkswagen from Daimler-Benz.After relaunching the Audi brand with the 1965 introduction of the Audi F103 series, Volkswagen merged Auto Union with NSU Motorenwerke in 1969, thus creating the present day form of the company.
The company name is based on the Latin translation of the surname of the founder, August Horch. "Horch", meaning "listen" in German, becomes "audi" in Latin. The four rings of the Audi logo each represent one of four car companies that banded together to create Audi's predecessor company, Auto Union. Audi's slogan is Vorsprung durch Technik, meaning "Advancement through Technology". However, Audi USA had used the slogan "Truth in Engineering" from 2007 to 2016, and have not used the slogan since 2016. Audi, along with BMW and Mercedes, are among the best-selling luxury automobile brands in the world.
While paying a lower purchase price for the same car model used rather than new is the obvious reason to buy a used car, there are others as well.
Reed says new cars typically depreciate about 20 percent when they are driven off the lot. Most cars will lose another 10 percent in value during the first year.
Because a used car has less value than a newer version, the cost of insurance should be less. Reed says even more money can be saved because some elements of car insurance can be dropped.
As with car insurance, the fee that states charge to register a car is often based on the car’s transaction price, Reed says.
You may not be able to afford that new luxury car you’ve lusted for, but one that’s two or three years old may fit your budget.
“Buying someone else’s problems” was how some have described buying a used car. Today’s consumer can minimize the risk and save money while avoiding hidden problems.