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Do not buy the 159 with red leather............ I WANT IT :lol:

Supposed to be very good indeed :thumbs:
 

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Went to look at a 147 there. Was described as excellent condition. When I got there is was a total mess so many things wrong with it. I walked away without even test driving it or even turning the engine over. I had £6k in cash on me to buy it and drove all the way from Sheffield to see it too.
 

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My 156 came from them!!

Won't be rushing back.

1. Requested a service be included in the deal, was shown a stamped book on collection, after 25 miles drive to the parents I checked the car the next day, oil was black line really dark.

2 monthes later I was having running issues, decided to start with the basics and change the filters, air filter was rusty on the metal part and black on the pleated ( the one I replaced it with was still clean after 10k!!)

2. After about 2 weeks of ownership I got the alfa squek, as I worked at a Mercedes main dealership I got a senior tech to look over who diagnosed lower wishbone bushes, he wouldn't take there word for it or supply me a policy number for the supposed AA warranty it came with.

I paid for it to be changed myself curd the issue, then sent him a copy of the invoice for the parts (at cost price) which after a bit of back and forth he paid for.

3.Half the dash securing screws are wrong , bodged or where missing

I won't be rushing back to them
 

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I bought my 156 from them and they sorted wishbone play and caliper pins under aftersale warranty. They are unintrusive and let me tootle off around Birmingham to test the car. They are also pretty helpful and accommodating but my experience is punctuated by poor luck. I had to pay for a waterpump and cambelt job myself because they would not include this in the price and there were no receipts included. Also, three months later, a hole in the radiator culminated in head gasket failure which was repaired under the AA warranty that they sold to me. Admittedly this may have been caused by a local cowboy mechanic who replaced my EGR valve after 2 months of ownership.

The car started life registered in Scotland so I assume that it was bought by Second City at auction because it had cobwebs under the bonnet and no coolant in it. They use a garage around the corner for repairs, prep and presumably tarting up auction bargains. The mechanic's name is Roy Pegg of RP Motor Services. He isn't a specialist but he has fixed enough of them to be reasonably handy and knowledgeable. I'm not sure that I would go back, though this time I'd know what to look for when buying a car, take more time and barter harder, particularly in the absence of receipts to flesh out the service history. I suppose it is the nature of the beast that second hand cars salesmen will occasionally buy a doozie and try not to make a loss on it. I wouldn't say that Second City are any worse than any other independent dealers.

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Compared to a lot of others they are quite helpful and gave me the best price I had been offered for part ex, the cars had not been cleaned but some would say that makes them "honest", The only thing i'd say is I'm not sure the person that MOT'd the car before I picked it up had a proper look at it as on the way home the brakes were useless, the disks were rusted and I was sure after a short while it would all rub off but they still looked naff even after the trip back (the pads were all stuck or sticking) but as I was planning to change them anyway for uprated ones I wasn't about to drive a 100 miles back to complain.

Would I use them again? yes but I'd be a lot wiser and i'd make sure things were perfect when I picked it up instead of listening to the sales patter, also I'd know what I was looking at as this was my first Alfa but It has been well over 2 years ago and things may have changed :)
 

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I live a stones throw away from them as well as Paul Gilbert who they seem to use for servicing etc.
Seem honest enough and as others have said let me test drive a few cars to just get a feel for each car.

Seem honest enough. But i've never purchased a car from them. but I don't spend alot on cars just go by banger economics.
 

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I live a stones throw away from them as well as Paul Gilbert who they seem to use for servicing etc.
Seem honest enough and as others have said let me test drive a few cars to just get a feel for each car.
Indeed - Motormech does a lot of the big jobs on Second City's cars, although it sounds like they send some of their basic oil & filters work to another garage. We have a pretty constant flow of work from them, which we assume means they are happy with the work and the prices

Our experience is that Second City sell pretty decent cars and are quick to authorise work to be done when its genuinely required.

Bloody sticking Spider roof took a lot of sorting though.......
 

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Ha excellent Nigel. I do keep looking at Fiat coupe's to have a play in but yet to actually drive one to see if I'd like to own one.

I've used Motormech for a couple of jobs in the past but enjoy doing my own work (Mainly becasue my car's are never worth very much) So there value doesn't change with me working on them (I keep up to date with all maintenace work and actually do more.

But generally i've only every had good experiences from both companies.

My next jobs are Drop links / Top suspension arms, bottom arms and probably bushes all round I guess.
The variator is starting to rattle now in the mornings but I think I have a few of them around.

Second City seem to price the cars around market value maybe a little higher at times but I'd hope you get a decent amount of warrenty or fixing things that need doing should they need to.
 

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Bought my GT Cloverleaf from them a couple of years ago. As far as dealing with used car sales (or any car sales) people goes I found the experience pretty relaxed and hassle free. They don't strike me as the sort who will try and pull 'fast one's' but ultimately they have a business to run but they didn't come across as dishonest or difficult to reason with.

They turn around a fair amount of cars and have been in business for a while now so they can't be that bad.

I'd use them again if needed.
 
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