Re: Newbie GT wannabie...
I'm in a strange sort of situation with direct experience of this.
A month ago I was a buyer. Now I'm one of those private sellers although it's a 55 plate, high spec, v low miles GT.
When I was trying to decide what to buy, I talked to Ned at SmartA, considered his deals, read the horror stories, and was unsure. I looked at used stuff at the dealers, where I could look, touch, drive and own the next day/week if I wanted, I found one I liked, hammered out a good deal for the spec/mileage and the fact that it's a UK main dealer car, and I was sure.
So I bought it, and I have been happy with it.
Now I want to buy a house and have too much money tied up in the GT and I'm selling it. I'm prepared to drop £2000 in 2000 miles! to do this (it's still only done 5000) which has to be a good deal for anyone who wants this spec. (JTDm, red, tan, 18's, pkg sensors)
I think that if I was doing all of this again I would still feel happier with the UK car that I can see and try and where the dealer (in this case Fish Bros, Swindon) wouldn't have "issues" over any warranty works.
I was undecided for a while on these matters like yourself, but when it came to actually handing over hard earned cash, Ned's company's reputation made the decision for me.
Now of course I'm asking some prospective owner to hand over their hard earned cash to me, and I have no reputation as a seller! But at least I don't have a bad reputation. They will also know where the car has come from.
So I agree it's a difficult choice and that we all want the best spec, price and peace of mind, but I think that it is a very personal one too, where you can only choose your own balance of value, risk and feelgood.
BTW I reckon you'll enjoy owning your GT wherever it comes from.