Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: United States
Caveat Emptor I'm afraid..
My policy has always been to be up front about anything I know about. Offer to do the work (at additional cost) or let them know your quotes.
I won't lie about anything, but then again I'm not gonna check every nut and bolt. After all I've made the decision to sell, so why go through the hassle. It's up to the viewer to do their checks and be happy that they know what they are buying.
If something does happen to the car within first week I'm prepared to help out - but after a month, not a chance as I don't know what that person has been doing in that time. It's too easy for garages here to clock cars, do bad repair jobs to take anyone at their word. You have to check everything yourself when buying anything.
When I was looking for the 146 (a long time ago) I saw a few beauts. One was down in a local (non-alfa) dealer and was told they knew the original owners, blah, blah. Was in perfect nick, only 70k on it (was over 6 yrs old), so just under average mileage.
Getting in - noticed a lot of wear on the seats for 60k.
Lots of smoke out the back. Yes it was cold, but it was excessive.
Got it back and your man came out.. what do you know about the previous owner? Car was well serviced, blah, blah.. I open boot - red (car was red) paint in corners of the boot mat.. Been crashed? Not that we know of...
Open the bonnet, unscrew the radiator cap telling him was worried about smoke - everything check by them, all ok.. Well, why is there a cm thick piece of white gunge stuck on the radiator cap then? Oh! that shouldn't be like that - no **** sherlock. I walk away... Car was sold 2 wks later!!