I’m sure many of you keep track of what’s for sale & regularly look at the usual online places to buy a car so I’m sure quite a few of you will have already seen my Nuvola Blue GTV for sale on Pistonheads. Used 1999 Alfa Romeo GTV V6 24V for sale in Cornwall | Pistonheads
Just renewed my ad for another month and would appreciate input / feedback from forum members with regards to the asking price. No one wants to hear that their car isn’t worth the price they’re asking for it but judging from the lack of response to my advert, I’m guessing my price is too high.
Let me start by saying it is a genuine sale. There seems to be an assumption these days that anyone selling a car is doing so for dodgy or underhand reasons; trying to avoid some sort of impending disaster or massive money pit expenditure. Not me, not this car. Anything that has needed replacing has been replaced. Yes, there is a hole in its history, eight years ago, with regard to accident damage & yes, I should have asked more questions of the seller before I bought it. My fault, I have to live with the financial consequences of that mistake. I’m selling because I needed a car that can seat four adults with a boot big enough for their luggage. I’ve already bought that car – a 3.2 GT & I simply can’t afford to run two V6 Alfas.
So do I sell one or keep them both & take one (read GTV) off the road? I could SORN the GTV, stick it in the garage, put a cover over it & leave it there. Thing is, because I’ve kept it in as good a condition as I possibly could, it’s got a cam belt & set of tyres that are less than a year / 2000 miles old. Fully serviced, air con regassed & everything working perfectly with a Q2 & a stonkingly good Alfaholics exhaust, it’d be a shame not to let someone else have the chance to run a perfectly good V6 GTV.
That hole in the history? Wish I knew! I bought the car in November 2009 & when I received the new V5 back from DVLA, there was a special note on the front which says “Substantially repaired and/or accident damaged; identity checked on 28 10 2008”. That was the first I knew of anything that had happened, the previous owner (private seller, so no legal obligation to inform me of any damage) said absolutely nothing & although the car came with a very comprehensive file full of maintenance receipts, an invoice for damage repair wasn’t among them.
Detective work after I bought the car revealed that there had been a repair to the front bumper on the off side / driver’s side, the wheel arch liner on that side was broken & the worst thing wrong was the o/s front wishbone was slightly bent. Best guess, was a fairly minor front end collision. So why the special note, we’re not sure.
However, 8 MOT tests have since passed, all of them bar one with no advisories & the one that did have an advisory was for tyres nearing the tread limit. Any lingering issues would have been picked up at one of those tests & rectified.
Over to you guys – given the nature of the hole in its history & the special note on the V5, what would you think the car is worth?
Even better still, if any of you are seriously looking for a V6 GTV & have seen my car only to think to yourself “if that were £xxxx, I’d have a look”, PM me with your £xxxx & we’ll see what happens…
I’m also acutely aware that my location, being as it is, the far west of Cornwall, will put many people off. Again, if you are seriously looking for a GTV & would consider mine but not the distance involved in travelling to look at it, let me know. For a genuine enquiry, I am prepared to travel to meet you, at a garage of your choosing for an inspection, should you wish.
Apologies for the length & rambling nature of this post. If you’ve read this far, thank you. I’m keen to sell but the lack of response or enquiry is baffling to me & any feedback, positive or negative, would be appreciated.
Cheers to you all.