Agree...you get tired abused cars and you get mint garaged no-expense spared. That's why when you import without seeing you have to trust the importer to source a car that is accurately described i.e if it's described as absolutely mint, then your money is in their hands to deliver as described.
You can also judge, to a certain extent, by the price. If a 800bhp car that is mint sounds to cheap to be true...chances are, it is.
First thing I did though, was full service, checkover and underseal as a matter of precaution. Whether the previous owner/s used to race it down the yokohama highway or doughnut round...I have no idea. That's the risk I guess
It would be nice to think that my previous Japanese owner tuned the car up and put all those nice bits on it and just polished it at weekends...hmm...me thinks not! I'm guessing he enjoyed it as much as I do!
I paid top dollar for mine, but if I'm honest it was an impulse buy (sort of).
My dream car appeared just when I had some money. I just assumed that being that expensive and as good as it looked that it must have been looked after.
Gonna' have a word with Mark from Abbey about a general health check.