I have the exact same car (and same as Mattjk). Buy it and you will love it. I believe Roger Becker himself said a Lotus looks best in white (?). I wouldn't go nuts about paying too much; while I would certainly try to get the very best deal, let's assume you overpay by $1500. You own the car 4 years, and drive it 20,000 miles. So, it cost you less than $1 per day in overpayments, or $.075/mile.
I always buy new (uh oh, here come the comments) because I like to be able to pick up the phone and say to my dealer: You have a problem, as opposed to: I have a problem, so if you can confirm the remaining warranty, I think it's worth it.
Most larger dealers - I don't mean those who only sell Lotus - have mllions of dollars of inventory, and if they are reasonably successful, they can wait a very long time before being "forced" to sell, and while you are waiting, someone else will come along and give them what they want, or at least more than you will.
Last edited by Dylan; 05-18-2011 at 05:03 AM.
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