Re: Advice Please on dodgy dealer
I got a 147 from Motorpoint also
It was imported via Gibraltar and built about 6 months before I recieved it (this is common even on UK official imports).
It was registered 2 days before I got it and as they told me, for a technicality, I would be the second owner on the document (I am)
When I got it I took it to Reg Vardy Alfa, they put it on their computer and confirmed the 2 year pan european warranty was valid, as it hadnt been registered abroad.
The car only needed 1 minor warranty repair (exhaust bracket snapped) in that time and it was attended to by Reg Vardy and Alfa UK with no fuss, questions or anything.
I was very happy with Motorpoint, the car was £8000.00 less than list. It arrived with some damage to a mirror and motorpoint fixed this in the first week, no issues.
You do need to shop at Motorpoint with your eyes open in terms of the specification, warranty, potential insurance worries, registration etc. , but I would consider buying there again.
Sounds like the salesman was less than frank with you, although it sounds like yours was sold as a used car and not a new one like mine??
The brake pedal thing was probably the R clip that snaps on these cars, possibly done pro-actively.
I certainly would not expect any goodwill from ARUK for these cars, they didnt sell them and thats a risk with any paralell imported vehicle, at least they honour the warranty period, unlike some marques.
For the last 2 years the cambelt interval was reduced to 36months/ 36,000 miles, had you used a network dealer or specialist you would probably have got this advice and a flyer to stick in the service manual.