If a GT for sale sounds to good to be true.....
......it "sometimes" is!!!!
Having viewed GT's that you wouldn't keep chickens in, never mind park on your drive. I though we had found Ms Alfa Perfect. How wrong I was.
The advert made no boasts about condition, however, the ad sounded good "..... Full service history, (last service 30k, cambelt due 72k) 33,149 miles, 1 Doctor owner, 2007 57..."
The sales chap told me on the 'phone that it was in excellent condition apart from a small touch up on the passenger door. I did say having owned a GT previously I was only interested in a very nice looking car and did not want to make a 3 1/2 hour round trip for nothing. He assured me that apart from a small paint chip on the passenger door there was nothing wrong with the car's looks.
I even asked should I pay a deposit to secure and could I drive away same day, if happy (ok, ok!)
Low mileage yes, one owner yes - evidence by paperwork.
Mindful of the true latin phrase caveat emptor, my amateur inspection revealed.
* boot would not close properly at first without being slammed. Chap said it was the trim catching. Further inspection revealed the tailgate was misaligned and had been for some time as the paint had chipped off in the corner and was starting to rust.
* door seals on both sides were loose, in fact, hanging off on passenger side. Clearly needed replacing. Even at low speeds fairly loud noise coming through window (had a small amount of this on our previous GT but nothing like this)
* carpet felt damp in driver's footwell, however, may have been valet job but not a good job if that had been done. Handles and parts of interior tacky to touch.
* front grille had some kind of filler and been painted over
* rear bumper had some hairline cracks
* airbag badge thingy missing from above window at the back
* paint chip had been touched up and looked really awful, stood out too.
Maybe would have bought the car if he had agreed to knock a fair bit off the asking £7995 and then took it to a specialist to have her brought up to a standard I could live with. He would not. Given that only taxed to end of month and MOT due in September I was not willing to commit to that price.
Apparently, car now sold to someone with more money and time than I.
I now know just how much our previous GT had been loved and cared for and, perhaps, that I, personally, should buy from an approved dealer.
The search goes on..........