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Auto Discount Uster

Hi everyone, I saw a car that really interests me in Auto Discount Uster but it's my first buy in Switzerland.

Has anyone bought a car in this dealer? the car has a 43% discount, which is amazing...

I'm really looking for experiences with this dealer. I know that it's a "supermarket" and there's really no service but if they are reliable I'm ok with that.
I also have doubts concerning warranties...

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Old 21.09.2012, 22:39
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Hi everyone, I saw a car that really interests me in Auto Discount Uster but it's my first buy in Switzerland.

Has anyone bought a car in this dealer? the car has a 43% discount, which is amazing...

I'm really looking for experiences with this dealer. I know that it's a "supermarket" and there's really no service but if they are reliable I'm ok with that.
I also have doubts concerning warranties...

Thanks in advance.
Are you buying a new or used car?
A used car with 43% off is nothing special as many dealers are giving 25-30 due to euro weakness.
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Re: Auto Discount Uster

New car...
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Re: Auto Discount Uster

It's most likely an EU import.
It would have helped to post a link to the car.
I wouldn't worry about people snatching away the car from you.
Unlike houses, there's no shortage of cars in Switzerland.
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New car...
Expect the car to depreciate 25% in the first year, your paying 'market' price, don't think the price is special like the guy buying a Volvo as a special expat deal ! There will be loads of cars that don't sell due to color/ spec / next face look model coming out.
The car will have a factory warranty , in any case cars are reliable these days .
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I don't think Auto Discount sell cars. They sell loans, if you want to pay cash they will tell you to push off.

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I don't think Auto Discount sell cars. They sell loans, if you want to pay cash they will tell you to push off.

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Generally more profit on the loan for the salesman, like extended guarantees!
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Re: Auto Discount Uster

I read somewhere Uster were importing italian (fiat) and other european car models that were made for the East European market so build quality and equimpent inside was far poorer compared to cars here. For example they had some puntos for cracking price that were made in Serbia. Hence the price.
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Old 22.09.2012, 01:48
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I don't think Auto Discount sell cars. They sell loans, if you want to pay cash they will tell you to push off.

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I read both threads and couldn't see reference to that i.e. the windscreen price only applies if you take out a loan.
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Re: Auto Discount Uster

I want to pay cash, the loan is not an issue. I would expect that they are interested anyway...
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Old 22.09.2012, 10:36
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I want to pay cash, the loan is not an issue. I would expect that they are interested anyway...
Let us know what happens...
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I don't think Auto Discount sell cars. They sell loans, if you want to pay cash they will tell you to push off.

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I agree. The cars is only the "tool" used to provide financing.

Just as bread is the tool for transporting cheese to your face when having a fondue.

ADU doesn't care about cars or people. They like financing much better.
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Re: Auto Discount Uster

Been there done that and wont' go back... I posted on the thread Ab Fab posted on so I suggest you read them.

Basiclaly not the same spec cars as you get here on the models I looked at, imported from a non EU source and warranty is written on the country of origin so it was less than a Swiss/EU car, and the service package wasn't included. And yes the loan they pushed was almost twice the interest rate I got from Renault, and the trade price was so low it looked up at whale poo.

Just a shoddy, sharky operation offering budget sourced cars with lower than Swiss prices for a lower than Swiss standard car, and as it will have import in log book expect lower resale value to.

My tip, take a print out of the car from Auto Discount to a proper Swissy dealership and ask for a price match... you'll be surprised at the deals you get offered on a full spec/warranty/service pack car with full dealership back up. I got 38% discount in the, so paid exactly what ADU were asking but from a proper main agent and 4 years warranty (2 with ADU) and 4 years servicing (sod all from ADU), and a set of winter boots costing almost a grand (never got that far with ADU), and a lease that cost me almost CHF 100 pm less with a lower residual than offered by ADU, and double the trade value of my old car than ADU were offering (yep loan sharks ay ADU).... and not a greasy dude called Igor with slick backed hair and gold teeth in sight... normally
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Old 22.09.2012, 15:48
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Re: Auto Discount Uster

We've been there done that won't go back also.

Purchased a car when we first arrived, paid cash for it. Had some issues with the car within a few months. Went back and they misteriously had no record of us ourchasing it from them. Closed the door on us basically. The car was supposed to have a warrenty, but claiming on that was next to impossible.

We were advised by Auto discount to find a local dealer that would deal with the issue under warrenty. So we did and the guy at the dealer basically told us to f off. Because we bought it from Auto Discount they were not prepared to fix the car under warrenty as he would not receive his money from the manufacturer. He was very vocal about Auto discount and said how Swiss dealers do not deal with cars bought from them as they under cut them so much in price they cannot service the warrenties.

We went back to Auto discount and they said its not there problem but they 'would look into it'. .........to this day we are still waiting for a response.

We have since sold the car, taken a huge loss and bought from a local dealer instead.

Personally, Auto Discount are sharks. Once they have your money/loan service agreement you can say goodbye to any aftersales. It just doesn't exist. They seem to convieniently always be busy when you need them. It took me going down there and refusing to leave the guys office before he would agree to even talk to me. Terrible!
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Re: Auto Discount Uster

Maybe too late, but worth for future buyers,

Be careful with Auto DIscount USter,

there is no fatory warranty, despite they promise you

I have bought a car there and Mistubishi cancelled the warranty after second year,



I tried to call ADU but they hang up the phone all the time
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Re: Auto Discount Uster

That does not help anyone really, you might try adding:
- what model
- age
- country of origin

They are known for buying cars from Eastern Europe hence they are cheap, but often are not the same Swiss specification, and don't come with the same service or warranty package, but they are cheap, and often the saving googgles make people blind... with ADU... Caveat emptor is the the key phrase
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equipment: yes - you do need to compare apples with apples... and Swiss cars are usually on a very high spec.

build quality: how do you expect a factory to adapt it's build quality per country? I know that all things Swiss have to be better by default, but any car coming off the line will be the same regardless weather it goes to Switzerland or Romania. Of course do some brands have factories the world over and a Brazilian or South African VW Polo is probably worse than a German made one (but also WAY cheaper...). I don't think you can find this within the EU.
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equipment: yes - you do need to compare apples with apples... and Swiss cars are usually on a very high spec.

build quality: how do you expect a factory to adapt it's build quality per country? I know that all things Swiss have to be better by default, but any car coming off the line will be the same regardless weather it goes to Switzerland or Romania. Of course do some brands have factories the world over and a Brazilian or South African VW Polo is probably worse than a German made one (but also WAY cheaper...). I don't think you can find this within the EU.
The use different materials in the manufacturing process. They have different standards in the isolation etc and usage of materials that make huge difference in a car, but can not be spotted with the naked eye.

One such example I can tell you, is the Opel Astra Classic edition found at the Eastern Europe markets. You can not buy this car anywhere else.The car looks like any other Opel Astra, except on the inside it has been stripped to the bare minimum. No isolation, no foam, no extra layers behind the door panels etc to keep noise down. The car drives nothing like a Opel Astra bought in Germany or Switzerland.

You get the Opel Astra Classic version at Auto Discount Uster.
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equipment: yes - you do need to compare apples with apples... and Swiss cars are usually on a very high spec.

build quality: how do you expect a factory to adapt it's build quality per country? I know that all things Swiss have to be better by default, but any car coming off the line will be the same regardless weather it goes to Switzerland or Romania. Of course do some brands have factories the world over and a Brazilian or South African VW Polo is probably worse than a German made one (but also WAY cheaper...). I don't think you can find this within the EU.
I bought a BMW once (petrol engined....) which was via a discounter, the car was for the Polish market originally and i saved about 10% on it over price here. The reason i didi it was the guy who sold it was ready to take another car in part exchange i didn't want, so it wasn't economical reason in my case but part ex reason.

Anyway, there are subtle differences betwen a Polish BMW and a Swiss BMW, tyres were Khuomo instead of Continentals, lack or difference of equipment (which i was aware of), day time running lights were not LED version but incorporated in the head lights, no mirror in pasenger side sun blind....etc

All smallish little things, but evidently add up to make the saving. The basic car/engine/gearbox is the same, just details and specification changes.

It is the offical importer who decides with the constructer the level and quality of equipment.
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Re: Auto Discount Uster

I bought my Hyundai SantaFe at ADU in 2011.

Since then I had few problems with it and all have been managed by Hyundai garage in CH (3 times) within a warranty.

I can't compare it with the same model which could be available in Switzerland so don't know about the finishing and parts. For me it was 10'000 cheaper than same model+specs available in the Hyundai garage at that time.
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