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Please cast your glims on this brera

Hey all,
after over a year planning for a brera, i bit the bullet and bid on one for sale on ebay.
managed to win it, however i didnt have time to go and look at it before the listing ended
not really my style, so im slightly bricking it.

i know the general things to look for (check all electrics, look at bodywork), and am going to take a bluetooth obd2 adapter with torque on my phone to check for any codes, but really want some more experienced alfa heads to take a look at the listing and look for anything that raises a red flag if possible.

car looks great in the photos, and seems alright. only thing concerning is the 2 stamps in the service book, both being recent (seems like the original book might have been lost to me?)

is it a good price?
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Looks tidy. Only owner count (you'll be the 6th) & service history would worry me from the description.
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Why did 5 people sell the car on and not keep service records ?

The first question with a nice looking hi spec car is always ......why are you selling it?

I wouldn't have touched it, higher miles, fewer owners for me, real evidence that the car has been useable in its 8 years and not sitting in a workshop.

It might be OK when you get there, but the thing is, you bought it and if it's not what you expected, put it back on ebay - NAND use the can't afford the insurance or redundancy excuse when asked my question !
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Like SR said it looks tidy but if you get there and it looks massively different from the photos or the description you would still be in your rights to not purchase. Just make sure that when you're there that you are happy with it. I'm sure that everytime you press the start button it will put a smile on your face
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Looks good, but there aren't so many photos (especially of the interior) to give us a more complete impression.

I would advise using the multiecuscan instead of the phone, since it will give you a more detailed information of the car. Its a small investment that could save you a lot of trouble

You should check the several things:

-Has the car been imported and from where? Its not so strange that the car does not have a stamped service log, since this is usually loged in the garage computer
-If the car was not imported, you could write an email to all official sellers to find out where the car has been originally sold and possibly find out some details of the car's service history.
-Use multiecuscan to read codes
-Use multiecuscan to compare the mileage on the dashboard with mileage on 'odometer' in multiecuscan. Don't be alarmed if there's several miles difference, but be alarmed if the difference is much higher. Also, check the 'odometer at last programming' and 'number of programming or writes (something like that)' these should both be 0 or the car mileage is not real! If the number of rewrites is 1 or more there is no way to find out the real mileage. If its 0, the real mileage is 'odometer at last programming'
-At the bottom of the list you will see oil change counter which which should be at least 3 times for this mileage, but not like 10 times etc..
-While you are there, you can check the injectors correction.

-Mind that there is a gap on right part of the hood, its slighly higher then the other side. This could mean a smaller crash, so make sure you check this side above wheel arch and inside of the engine space.

-Right side of the bumber looks repainted, so make sure you check that also.

-Seats and wheel should look good as new at this mileage. If wheel looks shiny or seats scracthes, make sure you check the mileage with above method.

-Use the VIN number to compare the information on the eper (engine number, etc)

-Look under the carpet to check the car has not been flooded (god forbid)

Thats all, I hope I didn't scare you with all this info, but I have also bought car online I know how you feel right now

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You bought blind, lets hope you've not been stung. No seat bolster shots can suggest wear from higher milage, and a binned service book because the miles don't tally up.
People can wind back the milage before MOT time so it looks like it's done say 5k per year. Black is a nightmare colour to show up everything, stonechips, scuffs, ect.
look under the car at the front and rear suspenion subframes. If they're very rusty the milage is wrong & very bad stonechiped sills can be a sign too. The front callipers ( Brembo brakes ) should be very clean on a low milage 3.2 Brera to also
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It doesn't seem like that much of a bargain to me, especially when you've not even viewed it let alone driven it.
These cars can be had from dealers at very good prices now Alfa Romeo Brera 3.2 JTS V6 SV Q4 3dr
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