Re: So what's it worth?
No Dosh, sorry if my post upset you but anyone looking for a JTD that does a search of previous posts on here will also find the price I paid for it. I bought it after seeing the advert on autotrader just after coming back from holiday, nothing unusual. The guy I bought it from was in the trade and had picked it up at auction as a finance reposession. He was getting no interest locally, only people miles away who couldn't be bothered to travel. I made the effort to travel and got it for 4k, what it had cost him. It was originally advertised at £4700 and I was thinking of offering £4500 but after talking on the phone he said he just wanted his money back and I could have it for 4k, so I didn't complain and I drove 150 miles to get it pretty quickly!! Bodywork and interior were better than some lower mileage and more expensive ones I had previously looked at and it also drove well and had a full mot so I bought it.
Downsides were no history due to it being a reposession, but it was a company car for the first 2 years so I wasn't too worried though this will still affect its resale value when I come to sell it unless I manage to trace it. Also no warranty, but I didn't expect any at that price.
If it helps, garages seem to want 6-7k for similar cars, but trade in values are crap. I got lucky, and could probably get my money back if I sold it in the not too distant future.
My dad also has a 156 JTD (the reason I bought mine) which he bought new from smart alfa. He has done about 50k miles in it and its not 2 years old yet but I doubt he could get 10k for it. If you look, you can pick up an almost new one with about 1k miles for around 12k which is a bargain, but its also forcing down the second hand prices.
You also have to fight off the percieved reputation that alfa's have in some peoples minds which also doesn't help second hand prices, especially with so many twin sparks throwing cambelts and variators and needing oil levels checked religously, and also the problems that soem selespeeds seem to have. All of this reflects on the whole 156 range as far as prospective owners are concerned and we have the hard job of convincing them otherwise.
If you can get someone behing the wheel of it then I think you will have sold it.
Didn't mean to upset you, was just being honest and I think most people on here will already have an idea of what their cars are worth, they just don't always want to admit how much they might have lost!!