have been offered an R plate 145 for £275.
It will need a wishbone, some welding on the sills and a wiper to get through its MOT. is this worth it?
I had a 156 which needed a damn site more than that, but wondered if this was worth the cash outlay.
Depends on general condition and history, much as any other car. You could either get a £500 bargain with years to go, or a £500 time bomb. Cambelt / Spark Plugs / Radiator / exhaust / Tyres? Any of these could make it look less of a bargain.... even how much tax is left on it.
145 prices look like they are firming up too so £275 seems good, however as said, if the cambelt is miles overdue or its run low on oil at any point, it looks less of a bargain, everything else is pretty fiaxable. However if it has some reasonable mileage and some history, go for it as they are a cracking drive
depends if you are to do the work yourself or pay a garage.
if paying a garage it may be better to get one with a years MOT
If you're going to pay a garage to do the work it's probably cheaper to spend the extra and get one with an MOT. I reckon you pay £275 for the car and then you'll pay at least that for the work that needs doing and the MOT. Maybe you can get a MOTed 145 for around £550 and save yourself the hassle. Plus who knows what else is lurking that you don't know about yet.
all 145s of this age are likely to have rusty bottoms,
I'd rather have one that has been decalred than one where the owner has not yet found out
that said, two presentable examples
My opinion too, but if you can do the work yourself you have a car for a year which will cost less than £400 on the road, all you need is tax and insurance which you need with every car so i't's cheap motoring. Look at it another way what else can you get for the same money?
It's not crap either it's a proper marque not like a Kia Pride or a Hyundia Acc(id)ent. Quality motoring? look carefully and you could end up selling it again thereby making your cost for a years motoring quite close to nowt!
It has to be worth closer examination
it is all very true.
the cars value/usefullness is really dependant on whether you do the work yourself.
if paying a garage to do the work, then no. just get a different one.
if you do it yourself, then yes.
you will also gain the satisfaction of knowing you kept another alfa from the crusher