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I work at a car auctions and can tell you most main dealers buy their vehicles from us so there's no guarantee you are getting a better vehicle from them. A private trader is likely to buy from us and have lower overheads so that will reflect in the retail price. Both will valet them to within an inch of their life and give them a basic mechanical check. You may get a main dealer warranty but the price will reflect that. If you can get the 1.9 with a decent warranty (check if there's a claim limit etc) that still works out cheaper than the main dealer i'd go that route. Just make sure it does get a service and plugs prior to pick-up.

Gear lever inserts are easy to buy/fit, you see them on eBay all the time.
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