CARFAX Risk Factor Statistics for Audi (US imports)
So far, since 1992 there have been at least 26,917 used Audi’s imported to Europe, of which most were the Audi A4. The Audi A4 has been exported from the U.S. at least 3x as many times as the second most Audi model.
Cars with salvage titles are obviously a risk factor for any used car buyer. Why does the car have a history that contains a salvage title, and when it does, how come it’s still functioning? Salvage titles itself infer that the car was severely damaged, even so much that the insurance company decided it wasn’t worth reinvesting. A car with a history of a salvage title that somehow still functions can be then due to two reasons. Either the car was repaired illegally and shipped to Europe where its history remains hidden and sealed and the car was sold for a much higher price than its value. Or, the car’s VIN was stolen and transferred to another vehicle. In any case, it’s always helpful to check the history of the car. There are at least 9,389 U.S. import Audi cars that were imported to Europe with an outstanding salvage title.
Airbag deployment refers to cars that have been in some sort of (near) collision in which the airbag unfolded. It’s a CARFAX Risk Factor, as CARFAX has detected that many cars that are exported from the U.S. to Europe don’t always comply with regulations and safety standards. Many cars are being repaired at the cheapest possible cost, making recoveries for airbag deployment often subject to inaccurate or unprofessional work. When an airbag is not functioning properly, obviously the passenger is at risk. There are at least 1,584 Audi cars that have come from the U.S. with a history of airbag deployment. If your car is one of those, we recommend you to make a thorough check to confirm safety and functionality.
Cars that come from the U.S. may have been flooded in the past. This is because in the United States, extreme weather conditions may cause cars to be affected by increased water levels and damage. So far, at least 709 have been registered with CARFAX as being exported to Europe with a history of flood damage. Read more about flood damage here.