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Hi all - these forums are incredibly helpful - thanks to everyone who contributes. Put down a deposit on a stock new Alfa QF through Pentagon Doncaster. Anyone have any good/bad experiences with this dealer? I personally found Palmers Hemel Hempstead and Glynn Hopkins St Albans a let down on the sales side.

I live in northwest London so will need to find someone a little more local for my service (which depending on my luck could be a place a visit often). Anyone strongly recommend a good place for servicing these cars around London? Also has anyone recently bought a service pack in the UK?

Also I was wondering if there are any recommendations for insurers - I've contacted all the usual suspects and despite having a clean driving record (so far!) my quotes are coming in at £800-£1,400 with a £700-850 excess.

Thanks in advance! HRP
 

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is Quadrifoglia the plural of Quadrifoglio? How many have you bought? :) :D

I pay about 700 for insurance with Adrian Flux with 3 points and 18 years no claims, 14000 miles a year.
 

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is Quadrifoglia the plural of Quadrifoglio? How many have you bought? :) :D

I pay about 700 for insurance with Adrian Flux with 3 points and 18 years no claims, 14000 miles a year.
Hah - I was too busy concentrating on how to pronounce it on the phone with the insurance agents (hearing them say it back to me is a real laugh - goes something like, model Quatri,. no actually Quadwee, em... Quadri frog ... ummm. Quitefoggyandlow - ok then on to the next question).

QF it shall be.

Thats a good deal - they quoted me £1,400 11 years no claims and no points!
 

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Direct Line £350 with protected no claims, hire car, legal etc. 18 years no claims, low crime area.

There seems to be a wide range of approach from insurers on assessing risk on the Quad. Some of my quotes were up around £1400 as well.

Congrats on your purchase- you'll love it.
 

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Direct Line £350 with protected no claims, hire car, legal etc. 18 years no claims, low crime area.

There seems to be a wide range of approach from insurers on assessing risk on the Quad. Some of my quotes were up around £1400 as well.

Congrats on your purchase- you'll love it.
Wow thats more than half the price I was quoted. I live in north west London and although I have never claimed - I have had guys open up my BMWs three times to have a look through them for valuables. I think they were using key jammers. A few cars have been stolen around here without a trace. I'm hoping most thieves look at the Alfa and have the response - "why would you buy an Alfa" - feel pity and walk away.
 

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Montecarlo blue with 5 hole silver alloys and yellow calipers. HK audio, electric seats, convenience pack. Not sure about the silver alloys look though.
i think silver on blue looks nice from memory thats in the 'QV exclusive' form alloy form, 5 hole teledial should be nice too. i think it works well against the dark of the MC blue.

silver on red is an acquired taste.
 

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Congrats. Just my HO. Silver 5 hole just doesn't look right with MC Blue. I have the same colour but the 2.0 version. The standard alloys for QF is the spoked 19" in silver which actually looks great with MC blue. Do a search for a user called Compert , he has this combo. The dark version of the same spoked alloys looks good as well but you pay extra for that as an option. These alloys are forged light weight made of Magnesium. Far superior to the 5 hole alloys. Skip the silver 5 hole if you can. If its a stock car, ask dealer if they can swap wheels. Failing that you can get the wheels re-painted at an alloy specialist.
 

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Direct Line £350 with protected no claims, hire car, legal etc. 18 years no claims, low crime area.

There seems to be a wide range of approach from insurers on assessing risk on the Quad. Some of my quotes were up around £1400 as well.

Congrats on your purchase- you'll love it.
Bloody hell! 2 Years no claims (don't ask, been driving for 10 years and been in and out of the country) and no points - £850 :ponder:
 

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Direct Line £350 with protected no claims, hire car, legal etc. 18 years no claims, low crime area.

There seems to be a wide range of approach from insurers on assessing risk on the Quad. Some of my quotes were up around £1400 as well.

Congrats on your purchase- you'll love it.
How many miles?
 

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Hah - I was too busy concentrating on how to pronounce it on the phone with the insurance agents (hearing them say it back to me is a real laugh - goes something like, model Quatri,. no actually Quadwee, em... Quadri frog ... ummm. Quitefoggyandlow - ok then on to the next question).

QF it shall be.

Thats a good deal - they quoted me £1,400 11 years no claims and no points!
I live in London too and my insurance is around £1000 with 14 years driving and no points (1 claim). If you live in the main crime hot spot in London (which is pretty much anywhere within the m25. Prepare for the insurance to be around £1k.

My experience is that the alfa only draws attention from the people who know about the car. Coming from a c63s edition one, (which disappeared one morning) that car brought all the wrong type of attention...... Best of luck with your purchase. Its a great car!
 

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I live in London too and my insurance is around £1000 with 14 years driving and no points (1 claim). If you live in the main crime hot spot in London (which is pretty much anywhere within the m25. Prepare for the insurance to be around £1k.

My experience is that the alfa only draws attention from the people who know about the car. Coming from a c63s edition one, (which disappeared one morning) that car brought all the wrong type of attention...... Best of luck with your purchase. Its a great car!
I always breathe a sigh of relief when I get home and it's still there.
 

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I live in London too and my insurance is around £1000 with 14 years driving and no points (1 claim). If you live in the main crime hot spot in London (which is pretty much anywhere within the m25. Prepare for the insurance to be around £1k.

My experience is that the alfa only draws attention from the people who know about the car. Coming from a c63s edition one, (which disappeared one morning) that car brought all the wrong type of attention...... Best of luck with your purchase. Its a great car!
I've wondered whether putting a tracker in would help - but on the other hand, I almost don't want a car back that has been stolen!
 

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Congrats. Just my HO. Silver 5 hole just doesn't look right with MC Blue. I have the same colour but the 2.0 version. The standard alloys for QF is the spoked 19" in silver which actually looks great with MC blue. Do a search for a user called Compert , he has this combo. The dark version of the same spoked alloys looks good as well but you pay extra for that as an option. These alloys are forged light weight made of Magnesium. Far superior to the 5 hole alloys. Skip the silver 5 hole if you can. If its a stock car, ask dealer if they can swap wheels. Failing that you can get the wheels re-painted at an alloy specialist.
Thanks, useful to know. Let's see what the car looks like when I get it - in the worst case I can get the alloys painted as you suggest. I'm a bit hesitant to push my luck with the dealer as I feel I got a good price on the car. It seems to have been an Alfa spec car at the port that was available to all dealers. It's confusing as each dealer seems to have their own stock of new cars (they ordered but haven't yet sold), and then there seems to be a nationwide stock which is available to all dealers. Made the purchasing process difficult - not to mention unhelpful sales staff. I even sent a letter to FCA customer service but they were no help at all.
 

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I've wondered whether putting a tracker in would help - but on the other hand, I almost don't want a car back that has been stolen!
i bought a tracker, thanks to the recommendation of smarty i think, but im not very practical at i kept delaying fitting it, and then someone on here mentioned something about would you actually want the car back if some scrote had nicked it. psychological and subjective, but i thought no not really. I think people utilise GAP insurance for this problem.

ended up getting a refund on the uninstalled tracker.
 

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Direct Line £350 with protected no claims, hire car, legal etc. 18 years no claims, low crime area.

There seems to be a wide range of approach from insurers on assessing risk on the Quad. Some of my quotes were up around £1400 as well.

Congrats on your purchase- you'll love it.
How did you manage to claim 18 yrs NCB? Despite having over 20 yrs without a claim (touch wood) my proof only says 9+ yrs NCB
 

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i bought a tracker, thanks to the recommendation of smarty i think, but im not very practical at i kept delaying fitting it, and then someone on here mentioned something about would you actually want the car back if some scrote had nicked it. psychological and subjective, but i thought no not really. I think people utilise GAP insurance for this problem.

ended up getting a refund on the uninstalled tracker.
my c6s had a tracker....... which was disabled as soon as the people took the car. You can buy jamming devices on the web and unless you investing in to a cat 5 (or min cat 6) it isn't worth investing in.
 

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my c6s had a tracker....... which was disabled as soon as the people took the car. You can buy jamming devices on the web and unless you investing in to a cat 5 (or min cat 6) it isn't worth investing in.
it was a a very good tracker i think, had 3 kinds of signal incase one type was jammed IIRC, but the faff and my absent mindedness to have to arm it each time ultimately put me off. And my old man said something too.
 
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