I dunno why I think buying new will be a better option, part of me feels that I will look after the car much better if ive owned it from new as I know the history of the car, again irrational thought haha
So if buying new is quite obviuosly a bad idea why does anyone do it?
I think Jug and others are right and I will start looking at used also but I feel that not being the most mechinically minded fellow I might make a wrond decision in the car I buy. That being the case is approved pre-owned cars from dealers a good way to go or is that equally as daft as buying new???
Buying brand new is financial madness but it's fun. I did it with the 156 2.0 TS I bought in 98 because there weren't many second hand ones around. But I paid for it in depreciation. It's nice to have a new car at least once in your life. But boy, it costs you a lot of money and there is no guarantee the car will not have mechanical and other problems. Yes, you have a warranty, but the Alfa dealer network is not the best. So unless you have a really, really good dealer near you then there is risk there.
I was in the same position as you. Had an 8 year old 156 with 90K on the clock and wanted to replace. New car not an option for me, especially after the cost of the last one. I am not at all mechanically minded but what I can do is read the excellent info on this site, find out what needs doing/checking and then find an excellent independent to do it for me at a very reasonable price. So I bought a 156 GTA for £8.7 K and have spent £2K getting all the things done that needed doing and now have a car that I know, that is in good nick and is a beaut as well. And all I do is clean it!
Why does anyone buy new? Mainly because they are company cars. Sometimes folks are fortunate enough to have the cash and it is very nice to own a brand spanking new car. But I feel like my second hand car is now *my*car because of the attention I have paid it (and the things I have had done and plan to get done).
If you decide to go new, my advice would be to check out Autolusso (and buy from what they have in stock). If you go second hand (how about a nice facelift 156, a GT or even a GTA), then get an AA inspection. Better still, get one of the indies to do a preinspection for you - lots of them offer this service. That way you'll know what ytou are getting.