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Used Alfa Prices - What happened to affordable exclusivity?

What has happened to used Alfa prices in the last few years? Don't get me wrong, I love my 156 and I loved my 166 before that.

However...

When I bought my 1999 166 in 2001, it was ten grand after only two years. My 156 was 8K after 3 years. Now used prices have definitely firmed up.

I was hoping to buy an '04 GT this year, relying heavily on Alfa's reliable heavy depreciation meaning I could comfortably pay around 8K.

However...

No bl**dy chance! They're still around 11K plus

Given the fact that the press are still (mainly) telling people that Alfa's are unreliable (we all know that's still a lottery) and the (definite) fact that the dealers are rubbish and (sorry for all the ands) the other fact that you don't see many Alfas about, why are used prices perking up?

Bah!

Before you know it, all we impecunious Alfa owners will be priced down to the likes of Focii and Pugs (no offence) or reduced to high-mileage newer versions of cars we already own. This won't do, so I have a plan:

Everybody respond to JD Power and Top Gear surveys and tell them that your Alfa is a nightmare, then used prices will drop and all we Alfisti can buy them for nowt. Come on, think of it as a charity for single parent car lovers. You know you want to...

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Re: Used Alfa Prices - What happened to affordable exclusivity?

when i went into my local arnold clark i was asking about there used alfa's. They had just lost there alfa dealership a few months previous (i think largely because they where Sh**). The salesmen said that as soon as they got an alfa on the forecourt they sold almost immediately. There is definately demand for them.

Strikes me as odd, if they sold that well (and being the north easts only dealer, they had the market to themselves for 100 miles in any direction) why they didn't work harder to keep the franchise.
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Re: Used Alfa Prices - What happened to affordable exclusivity?

I was told by a soon to be ex dealer that one of the problems is being an Alfa Dealer means that you have to invest quite heavily in equipment etc. etc. from them and that the sales don't justify the investments.......
With the best will in the world they are fairly small volume niche market cars. To shift more cars Alfa should be investing in their dealer network, not pulling the rug from under them.
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Re: Used Alfa Prices - What happened to affordable exclusivity?

That's true of any marque and any franchised sales outlet (e.g. MacDonalds). The owner has to buy the kit to support the brand, from the franchise holder (Alfa, in this case).

But it's good that Alfas are holding their value.. I think.. even though the flipside is that we have to pay more for them.

The balance will be that the better the car, the resale value and dealers, the more people will buy Alfas so the price will then sag a bit whens all these second hands are eventually sold on.

And more cars on the road means more choice of spec' and availability .. and more likely that OEM and after-market manufacturers will make bits for them (see "exhaust back box for 33 Permanent 4" to know how "exclusivity" isn't all it's cracked up to be).


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Re: Used Alfa Prices - What happened to affordable exclusivity?

I saw a 51 plate 1.8 at Allams of Epsom for about 7 Grand!

Unbelieveable price for a 156!
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GT's seem quite strong
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Definately, GTs are holding their value...or appear to be.

We're looking at getting one, but it won't be for a while!

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Same here... 2nd hand blackline methinks.. if I can bloody find one!
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Re: Used Alfa Prices - What happened to affordable exclusivity?

I thought everyone DID say Alfas were crap in the JD Power surveys, judging by the scores? I was highly positive in the last one I completed, but it must have got lost under all the bad ones, I guess.
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I thought everyone DID say Alfas were crap in the JD Power surveys, judging by the scores? I was highly positive in the last one I completed, but it must have got lost under all the bad ones, I guess.
Now that won't do, you need to keep saying they're crap so I can afford the new love of my life next year - black 159 2.4 JTDM SW. Keep driving past one on my commute and it's a serious contender vs the GT
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Re: Used Alfa Prices - What happened to affordable exclusivity?

dunno why they dont share floor space with Fiat like they do here, that would surely help.
Plus there is rtalk of making space for Lancias too.
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Re: Used Alfa Prices - What happened to affordable exclusivity?

Ive been looking at Gt's on autotrader for well over a year now and the prices have hardly moved. Its very rare you can find one under £10000.
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Re: Used Alfa Prices - What happened to affordable exclusivity?

I'll wait until the 3.2 GT's have gone down to £3000 and get one.

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Re: Used Alfa Prices - What happened to affordable exclusivity?

Used GT, Brera and 159 prices are holding up very well. TWith the extra money to invest tis should lift the Alfa customer service record out of the doldrums hopefully.
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