I suppose there are the obvious, take someone who knows a bit about cars, check the seller out, V5 matching address etc etc
on to the 147 specifics, but you do not say if you are looking for a diesel, a GTA, selespeed, budget etc, so some extra detail would be useful.
I am looking for a petrol 2.0ts lusso(as a min) but would look at a 1.6 at the right price etc if i can't find a 2.0. Not a selespeed.Budget £4k but as much of a bargain as possible,ideally £3k but would push the boat out for the right car
* 5 doors are more practical but 3 look better IMO, I am guessing a 3 door would be what you are looking for (as you are alfababe, not alfamom
Sorry to disappoint but it has to be a 5door!! As i am more alfamom but with a bit of babe!!!
* cambelt is essential. Needs to be changed every 36000 miles or three years. Do not be persuaded that it is otherwise. It needs to be done by an Alfa dealer or indie as special tools are needed. Not every general garage will have them, so be suspeicious. If due, bargain, it is £400 give or take for a 2.0, £300 for a 1.6 and £600 for a GTA.
That's good to know, as spoke to someone re cambelt change on a car and said they would change it for the price but they were peugeot background?!
* older cars will be needing suspension work which shows up a rattling over potholes, fairly easy fix, but bargain.
* 1.6 cars are harder to assess as there are two engine versions, a 105 and a 120 bhp. 120s are better. 2.0 more plentiful but will use more fual and insurance will be higher. A 3.2 will have whopping insurance if you are young.
* a Selespeed can be a lottery, some are very good, but the bad ones have been mis-diagnosed etc etc, garages do not know how the fix them so just charge for a whole now unit. Avoid unless you have access to a good indie who is willing to take one on.
* exhaust, will look rusty, but generally will last
* leather is preferable, but ebay can help, easy enough to swap over
I'll be honest,i'm not a big fan of leather but nice to know if i do decide to change them
* electrics seem pretty robust, but the body computer can fail leading to false messages like side light out when it is not, £150 for a new one.
* oil level, regular servicing is a must, be suspicious if the oil level is low. TS engines do not tolerate low oil and any rattling sound from the engine, walk away. A slight diesel like sound form a petrol on start up is OK, just the variator, but if it lasts over 4-5 seconds, then it is cambelt jon + £90 to put right.
That's the sort of info i'm looking for,thanks
* satnav is rare, Bose sound (in the boot) and CD changer preferable, but sound quality is not great.
If it has Bose sound in the boot does it take up alot of room?
* colour is important, some great colours out there
What colour is classed as sort after or popular?
there is bound to be a few other bits I have missed, but I think that is most bits covered.
a car that needs a bit of TLC is not a bad thing if it is priced accordingly and you can get it where you want it to be readily. THe thing to avoid is a premium price for a car that needs work.
Remember, there are plenty about, so if it is not right, walk away, there will be another contender before long.