yup. NINJAIt was late July 2008, model-year-end.
I'd been hunting around and my local dealership wasn't getting any more in, -they only had two A3's in, and I didn't want either of them. (Options weren't a match for what I wanted).
My wife had been calling everywhere within a 200 mile radius, and a place in Melbourne said they'd get what we wanted for the price we wanted to pay... (which was stupidly low). -they didn't have it on the lot, but they'd make it happen.
I'd been working in Tampa off & on, and I'd stopped by the Audi dealership there to see what they had. -They had several cars, but said there was no way they could do the price I was offering...
After a week of hearing nothing from Melbourne, the Tampa place called and said if I was still in the market, they'd match Melbourne's offer just to get a car off the lot. -I didn't care about color, and this one had stuff like iPod dock, which wasn't on my list, but I didn't own an iPod or iPhone, so who cares about that... right? Anyhow, all the other things I wanted were there, so I said yes.. so long as Melbourne hadn't got me the car yet.
I called Melbourne to tell them I had found a car, and they told me that they'd hopelessly overestimated their ability to find me a car at that price, so they were trying to figure out a way to back out of their promise anyhow...
So I called Tampa back and said we had a deal. -Drove over that evening and picked up the car. For cash.
-I'd told them I had a Golf to trade.
They looked over my 99 Golf and offered me 1500 for it, so I kept it, and got a $4000 offer the next week. -I think they were hoping I'd trade and they'd make something back on that, but I had my wife drive the Audi home, and I drove back in the VW.
Total amount I paid was $27,xxx, including delivery, dealer fees, tax, tag and title. Im fairly sure it was $27,7xx, but I'd have to check.
...and I kept the Golf!