It looks as if the deal has hit a snag.
The HPi check revealed that the gtv was a Cat D write off. What I dont quite understand is that this happened in May 2000 when the gtv was only 14 months old. Surely a car of that age would not be written off for minor damage.
Previous owner was unaware of the write off status but did say that the guy he bought it from mentioned that it had once been stolen. HPi cant provide details but have confirmed that it is not currently on a stolen register. What effect will Cat D have on value? Some websites are saying -20%
Given the time period and the current condition of the car I am not too worried about the car as such. What concerns me is that I may have problems should I ever decide to sell in the future. I would be swapping a 2004 147 jtd Lusso with 69K miles that I know to be HPi clear.
Maybe I need to look for another gtv but that would probably mean selling the 147 first.
"When you sit in a Focus RS or a Golf R32 itís like sitting in a commercial for Lynx aftershave. When you sit in an 147 GTA itís like sitting in a Venetianís hand-made suitcase."
Current fleet: Alfa GT Q2, GTV 3.0 V6 Lusso, Stilo Multiwagon jtd Dynamic,
Projects: Spider S4, 156 SW 1.8 Veloce, Matra Murena 2.2