Taking the plunge - Alfa GT...
Been reading this forum with interest the last couple of days, trying to get an idea of what I'm in for if I follow my heart and pick a GT as my next car (and first Alfa).
I have a couple of questions re. buying one (a 1.9 JTDm), and I hope somebody might be able to offer a little advice?
Firstly, do you think buying an "approved used" car from a main dealer is a worthwhile exercise? I have 10k (cash) to spend, and no more. There are a few GTs around an 06 plate with about 40k on for that money through the approved scheme. Am I likely to be able to negotiate the price down a bit from a main dealer do you think - say £500-£1000? I just wonder if it's worth paying a bit more for peace of mind - presumably a main dealer car is going unlikely to have any hidden surprises, and the 1 year Alfa warranty sounds like a good thing?
Secondly, and linked to the first I guess, what's all your views on after market warranties (eg WarrantyWise and the like?) I'm very tempted to get one of these for whatever car I buy - I had no end of trouble in the last year with my (old) Vectra and I think I ended up spending a good £100 a month in maintenance. Anyone have any recommendations? A 3 year warranty from WarrantyWise (the Quentin Wilson one) would be £1000.
Any general advice on buying one of these cars would also be very welcome. I love them to bits, I guess I just have the same fears as any potential first Alfa buyer - the reputation they have for being unreliable is hard to get past....
Thank you in advance. Superb forum by the way - so much knowledge here.