Originally Posted by Carrotsucker
As nobody has replied to you - shame - maybe you got suited, but if not all I can say is, do what I did.
Pick one on Ebay near you, and if it's decent and very cheap buy it, then use what you have saved to get a reliable non-rip-off person/garage to go through it and do any jobs needed using the money you saved. Bear in mind the trade runs on a high mark up for such cars to allow for the likelihood of it needing guarantee work to get it past the six months warranty they have to give you. Don't forget to get a prior insurance quote........!
I used to offer the same service for front engined Porsche's. I would help people out that were looking for these type of cars, they would eventually find one themselves. I waste of time looking for someone. Unless they called you to look at one with them, then you could give them advice there and then
My advice is that anyone looking for a car is to go and look at one and then to contact someone with experience who knows what to look for. Anything from £100 to at least £3000 when spending money on a car to allow at least £500+ to be spent on any unexpected costs.
'What you pay is what you get' as the saying goes.
I'll be more than happy to put up a new thread on here offering advice when purchasing an Alfa in the Anglia region with my contact details so that you can get hold of me when going to look at an Alfa.