Test drive one if you can before you buy... that would be my advice... I'm happy to live with the 19"s purely for aesthetic reasons.. Yes, I’m a bit shallow..
The electric heated seats with the memory function, is all fine, but in really how many times do you use it??!! I would imagine those seats with all the motors etc would be heaver than a standard seat.. so technically that’s not good.
Yes, I got charged both times with the 'cross border charge'… the garage/seller will assume since you’re from Ireland you’ll definitely want to drive home in the car and not budge on price nor this bank charge.. I was prepared to walk and head to the nearest pub. So they negotiated (phew!!). With the Ti the dealer absorbed the charge, with the Lusso the dealer met me half way.. fair enough I guess..
I didn’t get the cars checked out by AA etc, but I did do a HPI check on them. This is a brilliant insurance policy and worth the 20 ro 30 quid. You'll need to phone HPI Check - Used Car History, Finance, Write Off & Vehicle Data
as your Irish address will not have a UK postcode.. therefore the online purchase will not go through.
HPI will offer you 2 weeks of insurance, don't bother you're not covered!
If you're getting a HPI you should purchase the check, don't accept the garages/sellers copy of the report... Here's why:
If the HPI on the car is all clear, and subsequently the car turns out to have been a write off they will refund you the price of the car.. this only applies to the person who bought the HPI check.
… The Ti was 6 months old when I bought it so it had 2 years Alfa warranty and 1 year AlfaCare warranty. Check the terms and conditions, in my case when you re-reg the AlfaCare warranty isn’t worth the paper its’ written on.
Have a read off this thread:
Especially this one:
Basically I had a stretched timing chain on the 2.2 and was VERY lucky to get the money from AlfaCare…Once the actual Alfa Romeo warrny is up on the car then go to an ALFA/FIAT garage and purchase additional warranty cover from MAPFRE:
If you have to pay for repairs it's euro1000 for the chain, and it was euro600 for the tensioner.
Best of luck with the hunt....