£8000 cash is good at the moment. Mind you if someone offered me that for my diesel Anni i would say no.
Theres quite a few on ebay going for around £6-7K but the mint ones still can go for quite alot.
Exactly, I didnt buy my car for financial reasons (to make a bit of money on the side or to minimise depreciation). I brought it because I did and still do think its a very nice car. Supply and demand I guess, even the anni parts when sold seperate are still fetching quite obscene prices (over £100 for just the mats! etc.).
I think an advantage of the 25AE is that it is noticeably different (visually and otherwise) compared to a 1.8T or 2.0 GTI...the wheels, kit, exhaust (1.8Ts), seats, interior parts, lowered suspension, 312mm brakes, proper numbered plaques, etc. and this difference is larger than say the ED30-MK5 GTI or the 20AE to the MK3 GTI. Obviously this difference can be replicated buy buying the parts but the cost of doing that is also considerably high, and I believe people would rather pay the difference and have a genuine 25AE rather than replicate one, where their finances allow (I know I would). Plus the fact that most people would rather own a car that has not been 'modified' by the seller, but rather 'an optional extra from VW'.
Obviously anni prices are going to be dropping lately especially with the credit crunch, but then so are all cars! And I know that the drop in value (% wise) is much less than a MK5 GTI.
-Would I buy an anni to keep as a future collectors car? No
-Would I buy an Anni to minimise depreciation? No! But if we are going to worry and focus purely on depreciation, then none of us would have cars.
-Do I think some people are asking obscene amounts for their anni's? Yes, but people are always going to try their luck and ask obscene amounts for any car, anni or not.
-Do I think anni's are worth the premium? For the 'exclusivity' and the extra benefits compared to a standard 1.8T, without a doubt yes!
-Would I buy an anni again if I was in the same situation as before (18 months ago), knowing now what I do now? Hell yeah!!!