Many thanks for all your replies.
Funny that you should mention the Boxster TBD. I have just come out of a 987 Boxster, having previoulsy ownde one of the first S2 Elises. Anyway, i ordered the Porsche from the dealer when the 987 model was lauched in 2005, waited patiently, paid full price of course !!, had it serviced at the main Porsche dealer, kept it nearly 7 years, because i did so few miles, and was considering trading it in against a new Boxster, when the engine warning light came on. Get the car collected and taken in to the dealer, who tells me the timing belt was broken, massive damage caused, and that a replacement engine will be £11,000 !!!. I ask him what the car will be owrth as a trade in if i get it repaired, and he says £12,500. Phoned Porsche UK, explained the situation and told htem the car had ONLY COVERED 19,000 miles from new, and that i didn't expect to be replacing a Porsche engine at that mileage irrespective of the age of hte car, and they offered me ..... NOTHING.So i told them not to repair it, and sold it as seen to someone looking for a project.
So, that's the 1st, and last Porsche i will ever own.
My previous experience with Lotus was 1,000,000 better. I ordered my S2 Elise on the 11/11/2001 i think, at Cambridge Cars, funnily enough, located in Cambridge, paid a deposit (£2000), and sat back to wait for delivery. Between paying deposit (cheque) and delivery date, Cambridge Cars went bust - and of course they hadn't forwarded any deposits on to Lotus, although they had git a build slot for it. Phoned Lotus, thinking that that was the last i would ever see of that £2,000, and got a call back from Ali Ansar, who sazid Lotus would knock the £2,000 off thelist price of the car provided i collected it from one of 3 or 4 specified dealers ( i chose Bell & Coville). Now that is what i call customer service. Hence why i am now coming back.
Have looked at the Benefit in Kind (BIK) for the 2+2 IPS, and it's about £7,500 a year - question is will a £40,000, one year old, 9,000 mile old IPS 2+2 still be worth £25,000 in 2 years time with 17,000 miles on the clock ? Any bold predictions out there ???
If so, will buy it with my own money, just to spite HMRC !!!!