Urgent help required please - Brera S - need to respond to dealer tomorrow!
On Saturday I bought a Red, 2.2 Brera S from a well regarded Alfa Dealer which I won't name.
It was listed on Auto Trader at £11,000 which seemed a good price to me - it has done just over 36,000 miles. I took it for a test drive and all seemed fine with it.
While I was in the dealership (and just after I had agreed to buy the car and paid a deposit), the salesman had an email from his MD to say that they were now increasing the price to £13,000 due to the high interest in the car. This price was also added to the Auto trader advert.
This did not affect my deal as I had already paid my deposit and agreed the contract - just in time! Or so I thought...
Today (3 days later) I have a call from the Sales Manager explaining to me that they now can't sell me the car as there is a problem with the engine/gearbox after they have done their checks - apparently the gear box is rattling in 5th gear due to being driven very "hard" in the past.
He tells me it needs a new gearbox which could cost about £2k, and he doesn't want to sell me the car with his 1 year warranty for fear I'll be knocking on his door in a few weeks time complaining. They had only bought the car from a private seller on Friday, 1 day before I went to see it - I would have thought they would check a car thoroughly before buying it from a private seller?
It seems to me that they want to fob me off and not sell the car to me, and they have another buyer lined up who will pay the £13k asking price which is probably an accurate value for the car. It has a few scratches/chips and they have agreed to foot the bill included in the £11k to have the bonnet resprayed, all of the chips touched up and the alloys brushed up, even though they are 95% perfect.
What do you all think about the situation? I need to respond to them by the end of tomorrow ideally! What would you do?
Thanks in advance for any input - I don't want to lose the car at this price and late stage in negotiations but I also don't want to buy something that may cause me too many problems in the future.