You know what your getting with a main dealer with regards condition, mileage & service history. You do pay for that though. If your looking to keep it a long time, bare in mind dealers are struggling at the moment and haggle for a big discount.
That is my thinking. Dealer cars are genrally a safer buy although I know that dunt mean I wont get a bad one.
I really like the car in question. It has everything I want. Only thing now it selling my existing cars. However that maybe a blessing cos if it takes a couple of weeks to sell mine that is more fuel for a bigger discount.
I'm thinking a max of £7k with full years tax and a tank of deseasel!!
I'd be cheeky and offer £6K. Maybe get it for £6.5K.
I bought my 166 originally from a dealer I trust (and bought my wife's car off since). It was on for £ 8,995, I told him I'd take it off his hands for £ 7,500. Got it for £ 8,000 with a 12 month warranty.
I've tended to buy the majority of my cars 3-4 years old from main dealers. You do pay more, but you know what your getting. The experiance can be as good as buying new, without the losses of a new car.
I'm sure they will take less money. I think they have had it for ages as the ad seems to have be reduced for £11k to £10 and now £8k. By the time I sell my car I'm sure big discounts will be available.