Re: Silvercheck - Wokingham also Selespeed..
I bought a 2003 JTS Selespeed from Silver Check about 6 months ago with 37K, got a really good deal and it was still under warranty from Alfa. He gave me a good part exchange and agreed to pay for 50% of the cambelt change (thanks to the advice I got on here about not waiting until 60K service), which was done by AH Motorsports before I collected it. AH motorsport also found the rear suspension bushes needed changing and replaced the rear brake pads, all of which was paid for by Silver Check. The fact it was done by AH Motorsports gave me a lot of confidence as they have a good reputation. I also spoke to Adie there who said it was a good car.
Before I bought it, I knew there was a bit of damage to the rear bumper, which needed a respray. As it was near Christmas they couldn't fit it into the bodyshop so I collected the car anyway and they said that I could bring it back to be repaired after Christmas. Anyway I couldn't really be without a car for too long so after Christmas I asked if they would be happy for the work to be done locally and pay for it. To be honest I was a bit sceptical about getting the money back, but a week after sending them the invoice I got a cheque through the post.
It is not a flash showroom, but they seem honest and they stuck by their word about the bodywork and paid up quickly. They use AH Motorsports for any mechanical repairs and to check the cars over, which is good.
I even spoke to the previous owner who had the car from new and he said it had no problems at all while he had it. He had part exchanged it a month earlier for £1,500 more than I paid for it, so I think I got a good deal.
The only problem I had was the lambda sensor which Alfa replaced under warranty even though the last service was not by an Alfa dealer.
As for Selespeed, I think it is great and so far no problems. Once you get used to it you can drive as smooth as a manual in both manual and city modes. I think it was revised late 2002, which made it more reliable. They are bringing it back for the 159, so it can't be too bad otherwise they wouldn't take the risk of all the warranty claims.