COVID-19 Coronavirus Message Updated: 17th September
Mail Order Customers:
Our carrier DHL is operating near normally across the world. Allow an extra day for delivery (2 days for Australia, 6 days for New Zealand), just in case. However, regular international postal services can have additional delays, and are not recommended for anything required within 6 weeks.
  * For the UK only, Royal Mail are delivering the vast majority of orders on time according to our data, but is experiencing higher levels of staff absences, so there may some local delays.
  * We will be working normally and have a large warehouse full of parts that will help keep your car on the road. However, we are beginning to see supply delays from factory lockdowns around the world.
Workshop Customers:
Following government guidance, we are open as usual. Taking your vehicle to a garage for repairs is a permitted activity (safety) as long as you observe the social distancing rules. We have strict social distancing processes internally and disinfect daily (not least because we have staff in vulnerable groups). In the circumstances, we have had to close our waiting room. Our mechanics wear gloves at all times and we will disinfect your vehicle with our Zaflora sprays on handing back to you. We would respectfully ask you to show our staff the same courtesy. We also have full amount contactless payment systems.
  * MOTs due for renewal from 30th March to 31st July will be extended for six months. However, you are still legally obliged to keep your vehicle in a safe and roadworthy condition, so if you need to use your car in this period, it is still strongly recommended to get one done.

General Car Buying Advice

The first thing to consider when buying an Alfa Romeo, or any other type of car that matter, is where you buy the car from. There are 3 basic options; a private sale, an auction or a car dealer, the first two options give you no come back at all i.e. the car is sold as seen, while a dealer has to give you, by law, a 3 month warranty where the car has to be of merchantable quality. He may also offer an extended warranty and these are usually insurance based. Be sure if you are offered one of these that it is as comprehensive as possible and be aware that the insurance company will try to avoid liability in the event of a claim. Also please remember that you still have the 3 month warranty with the dealer that the law provides running concurrently and so you still have come back on the vendor. With any car dealer, make sure you take a close look at the finance rates as these can be quite high and you may be able to get cheaper elsewhere.

When you go to see the car make sure you go to the vendor’s home address or in the case of a Garage to their premises. This can be checked with the address on the registration documents. While you have the registration document handy check that the chassis number (see below for location on alfa Romeo cars) on the registration document matches the car, these areas should not show any signs of having been tampered with. Also check that all the details are correct – colour, number of doors etc. Also whilst checking the documentation check the mileage by referring to the MOT and service history, and be very suspicious if there is any history missing especially the first few years as it may have been a company car and could have done a lot of miles in this period. Always ask if there is finance outstanding and if you can get a statement to this effect from the vendor and remember if there is finance outstanding the bailiffs will come for your new car not the original owner’s cash. It is always best to do a HPI check on the vehicle to check if there is finance or accident damage on the vehicle and a HPI check can be done by various organisations.

Location of chassis numbers:
Spider and GTV. The chassis number is embossed on a silver plate on the off side inner wing and also on the driver’s side strut top.
147 and 156. The chassis number is embossed on a silver plate on the bonnet slam panel and also on the driver’s side strut top.

Related Links: Car Registration Letters | Alfa Romeo Insurance Advice | Alfa Romeo Problem Diagnosis Guide

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