Considering the options
As i have been given a a company car for a couple of months the alfa has been sat in the office car park looking sorry for itself. Thought as I don't need to use it for a while I'd get my local alfa Indy to check out all the knocks and rattles to see how much will need doing for it's next mot (not until sept so a little premature).
As suspected the cheap ebay "suspension kit" that the previous owner fitted for its las mot is pretty much all shot already. It's only been six months but to be fair I've put 15,000 miles on it. It needs both upper arms, near side lower arm and drop link. It also needs the arb on front and back replaced. My local Indy quoted me £750 using genuine alfa parts and I'm inclined to use genuine rather than patent.
As the car only cost £900 and I've spent just £90 on a new thermostat plus £150 for a service when I first picked it up (15k mile ago so really needs an oil change soon) I'm inclined to run this until sept and then sell for spares/repair. Would be a shame as previous owner had just fitted a new clutch and it's been remapped to 195hp and absolutely flys. The engines done 160k now but still feels really strong.
Any advice on what it's worth;
Spares/repair when the mot expires?
With 6 months mot and tax with these known faults if I sell it on now?
Tempted to view this as better the devil you know and get it fixed for another 12 months driving although work changes may mean at they will insist on company cars in the next few months so may be surplus to requirements in the not to distant future.
Seems a real shame to scrap it as it's still aesthetically a great looking car with surprisingly little wear inside for a car of so many miles. My neighbours all say they love the car and can't believe I picked it up for such little money.
Advice on the prices quoted/suggestions going forwards would be gratefully received.