Finally managed to get time to put a project diary up..
I had always really liked astra vxr's, and if i ever got one it would have to be red with the 19" wheels, but at the moment they were too expensive for me.
In feb, i was on my break at work one night at 3am, and spotted this:
56 plate vxr that ticked all the boxes! It was a Cat C "repaired" (ill explain that later) 35k miles, 2 owners, and was within my price range (well my savings for a flat deposit, woops!)
Phoned the seller in the morning, and everything sounded spot on! (kerbed wheels seemed to be the only drawback)
The car had a minor incident in the snow in dec 2010, resulting in a new front bumper, bonnet, grill, passenger headlight. All bolt on parts, and he even sent me photos of the car in its damaged state (and it was as described)
So, collection.... The car was in swansea, a 1300 mile round trip for me. NOBODY could come due to work or other commitments, i was starting to panic a bit as by now i had my heart set on the car.
My good mate scotty GSI on here stepped in, and used his last day holiday
We set off for swansea at 9.30pm wed night, arrived 7.30am thursday morning (tried to sleep in the van, but it wasnt happening) Met the seller at 9am.
Good look round the car, test drive etc and the deal was done.
After a LONG time on hold and being passed about, managed to swap insurance cover.
The car had been VIC testes and mot'd but no tax... So went to the dvla office a few miles away and taxed it.
Left swansea at 12, feeling gradually worse on the 650 mile trip home. Got home late that night, then scotty was up for a full days work, and a few hours at night in tesco - hero!