Hi everyone, I'm looking for a bit of advise as a prospective Alfa-owner.
I won a 156 on an auction site that sells insurance write-offs. It's a 2000 2.0 T-spark with what looks like fairly light front-end damage (Cat-D). It has leather interior, done 80K, and has more than captured my interest!
From what I can tell from the photos
, it will need a bonnet (if I can't panel-beat it), a bumper, and possibly a headlight. I don't know if there is any hidden damage, like rad/air-con rad.
My winning bid was £300, which I was ecstatic about, but I have since learnt that there was a £500 reserve set by the seller.
I was thinking about meeting the seller half way at £400 (I'd set my bid limit at £375), but if they're not open to this, is £500 excessive for the car?
I think the car is simply beautiful and I would love to get it back on the road, but I really must let my head rule my heart!
My other unknown is whether any corrosion is present underneath. Assuming the worst, and the repair was uneconomical, is there a market for 156 parts, particularly the leather interior?
PS I should also say that there's a 5% buyer-fee, and a £60 delivery charge (+VAT probably) to add to the final sale price, which I'll need to factor into my considerations.