Re: Cup 123 up for sale on Autotrader.
nightmare - went to look at the car 2 weeks ago (drove all the way to Gloucester from London).
it looked ok/generally clean. there were a few problems, door dented, smashed fog light, air-con a bit on/off, clearly had a small frontal accident as the bonnet is cracked and the bumper had been replaced, the plastic bumpers/sills/mirrors were all pretty badly faded. the history was also a bit patchy.and there was a hole in the engine bay cover.... it clearly hadn't been looked after very well and had come via a car supermarket and trade auction.
but i could get over (most) of that though as it was under £7k and were fixable things.
the 2 major problems were: the door had been resprayed really badly and the cambelt hadn't been changed and was 8 months overdue.
he said I could buy the car without the belt done for £7k or £7.5 if he did the belt.
i said i would take it without the belt done (and get it done at an alfa specialist near me) if he got the paintwork sorted.
he agreed. i then had to chase him everyday for a week - he just wouldnt return my calls. when i eventually got hold of him, he said that he now would not sell it without the cambelt changed because if it blew up on the way home I would try and blame him (even though I said I would get it done the day after I picked it up).
I managed to get him to agree for me to get the belt done local to him, at an alfa place, at my cost. he agreed.
he then changed his mind and said that he didnt want an alfa specialist "crawling all over it" because he didn't know what they would find. which made me a bit nervous. plus - the door was resprayed badly again. anyway, in the end I just couldn't trust this guy and it was just so much hassle that i ditched it.
i don't think its worth the £8k he's now put it up for, but I'm sure he'll get it from someone.
will just have to wait until another better example comes up
very very disappointing though