hey thanks for the responses guys.
as far as the seat, it's a convenience thing, as i often need to toss something in the back seat. there's a reason they're designed to stay up in the coupe. the girl that's selling the car is a salesperson and is always hauling bags around. the drivers side didn't work when she got the car and she just assumed only the passenger side was designed to stay up so she always used that side to load her stuff. her expression was funny when i told her both sides should stay up! I talked to a mechanic who said it's part of the cable system and to fix involves taking the seat off. the cable itself is pretty cheap if it needs a new one, but the labor is about $175. is it tough to take the seat off DIY?
re the paint/body, i talked to the shop that did all the work. it's purely cosmetic (no structural worries), but he told me repaint (front part of car) just won't be as durable as original (e.g. more likely to chip, etc.). but it's a reputable place and they did a nice job. i'm just not sure how much to devalue the car since the paint is not original??
car has new tires, new front brakes, new battery.
seats have no worn spots or tears, i think some conditioner will clean them right up. tan carpet has some stains, don't know if they'll clean up or not. nice wood trim. wood shift knob has crack which they all seem to have.
exterior besides the repaint has a few dings,chips, and scratches but paint still glossy.
buying from second owner (both women) with all service records
probably due for level II service at 75,000 miles (3000 miles from now). recent diagnostic indicated only serp belt tensioner needed (?)
car is auto, which is what i want for daily driver. asking price is $11,500 (bluebook for good condition in this area is $11,900). she priced it a little lower because of the dings and the serp belt tensioner.
what do you guys think?? I was thinking about offering $11,000.