Yeah, I know I paid top dollar for the car, but as it was my first Alfa purchase, I wanted one with a big stack of recent bills (which this one has got).
The one and only previous owner had spent THOUSANDS getting the car up to scratch in the last 12-18 months, including loads of suspension work, discs and pads (front and back), cambelt change + tensioners, new heater matrix, new ECU, full service history... Etc, etc.
I suppose I could've picked one up for £1,000-£1,250 with a patchy service history and no documented cambelt/suspension/ECU work, but I just didn't have the stomach for it, as this is my one and only family/commuting car.
With the next one I buy (and with some Alfa experience under my belt), I might be a bit braver.
Still, I'm glad I made you feel good about your own Alfa purchasing skills!