I am on the verge of purchasing my first classic mini after wanting one for a long time, it is a 2000 Rover Mini Sport 1.3 MPI that has covered 72000 miles. I have done some research and reviewed the MOT history which includes a few fails followed closely by passes indicating that the noted work has been carried out.
The main question that I have concerns the body work, a lot of reasons for MOT failure is down to corrosion on sub frame, chassis, suspension etc. I know that rust is the main issue here, is it better for these things to have corroded and been replaced or does this indicate that the car hasn't been looked after properly?
The car was MOT's in March this year and there were various ball joint issues but that doesn't concern me, what does concern me is "Nearside and Offside seat belt anchorage prescribed area is excessively corroded floor holed". The seller has advised that this has been welded, is that a good thing and is this just a common problem and nothing to worry about?
Any guidance here would be greatly appreciated and might prevent me from making a big mistake here.