Also bear in mind that the factory warranty offered on mainland Europe is, in the main, only 24 months as opposed to the UK's 36 months........
Not quite true... to make buying a car in the UK more appealing, the last year of the warranty is a dealer warranty. Same cover as the manufacturer warranty, but it's not a manufacturers warranty.
Almost every country in Europe does the same thing, i.e. only offering the basic manufacturers warranty to cars sourced elsewhere in the EU, in order to incentivise buying the car domestically. EU laws said the manufacturers were obliged to offer some sort of warranty on new imports (I remember when they didn't) so they just made it really basic.
Anyone can buy a 3rd party warranty themselves on any car of any age - it's just up to you whether you think the cost justifies what might / might not happen. If you buy a 2nd hand car from a forecourt, he'll offer a similar guarantee underwritten by a similar 3rd party warranty company.
Re. specifications: the prices are low on the continent because the basic spec is just that - basic. You determine the trim level, extras, etc - if you buy a BMW there (which I have done) they don't have pre-set spec levels like we do in the UK (base, ES, SE, M-sport, for example) - you pick the packs & extras you want (like a sport pack (suspension & seats), comfort pack, smoker pack, upgraded wheels, etc etc) and it all gets added onto the price. Not difficult, and you end up with the exact car you want. Cars in Germany are rarely "base". Holland is a bit different, because of the massive addition of VRT on top of VAT - just like Denmark & Ireland - hence base levels are more frequent. Denmark even taxes luxuries (like a CD player)!
Back on subject to AutoLusso - my experience of Ned is that he is pretty PC literate, and the PC is generally switched on too (i.e. you do get a reply, and it's quick).