However, going for a KIA seems a huge step down. If I was you I would be bartering with Alfa dealers to match the KIA deal, surely they can come down on price. Even if I couldn't get an Alfa for the same kind of money or offer I would rather pay a little extra for the quality and brand.
In my case I would rather garage my car and keep her under a cover than scrap her, or at least see her go to someone who would run it for a while longer. The scrappage scheme is just a way for the government to keep the car sector affloat (in turn helping the economy), it doesn't really help the environment at all.
It would be far better to the environment to maintain properly and run older cars, or modify older cars to be more fuel efficient / less polluting.
Firstly - I am not buying a KIA !!!.
Someone in an earlier post made reference to the KIA and the "Angry Brigade" mis-interpreted this in much the same manner as they totally missed the point of the original post.
I did not initially offer my detailed reasons for scrapping the Alfa as they were not relevant. There are in fact too many things wrong with her to spend any more money on, the garage bills have become prohibitive in the last two years, the garage that repaired her to get through the April MOT warned me if she was to pass next year it would prove costly and I should consider replacing her before then. Also there was always the risk of terminal failure e.g engine.
As mentioned previously I would have been prepared to have given her away to an mechanic/enthusiast as they would not have to bear the labour costs and would probably have access to second hand parts. I could not however though afford to pass up the £2900 received as part of the scrappage scheme. I doubt if anyone else would either if they indulged themselves in a fleeting moment of honesty.
Yes it is a shame she will scrapped, I hope the breaker will attempt to "rescue" some parts first (esp that shiny new exhaust and Oxygen sensor), be the practice legal or otherwise, that would help keep other Alfas on the road - if you recall that was the reason for the initial post.
I drove the Alfa for pleasure, though it also transported me from A to B. The function of the new car is purely the latter so the previous comparisons with it and the Alfa are pointless.