Good reply. Yep, I noticed that you mentioned talking to him BEFORE hand. I was commenting on the need for talking AFTER the purchase.Hope you didn't mind me using your experience as a lesson to others,particularly newer drivers.
Moral of the story....one of the advantages of dealing with smaller ,more specialized companies is your ability to talk to an actual person. A less than satisfactory purchase isn't good for you and it isn't good for the seller. Don't be afraid to talk folk's....everybody will generally be alot happier and another small business won't have to fight off a bad rep. Happy Motoring !!