Found another ES locally... 56 Reg, Black, only 34,000 on the clock, owner was apparently a 72yr old bloke and you can tell with the amount of scrapes and scratches on it!
A fairly substantial vertical mark that goes through the plastic crosshatch panel on the rear bumper, a horizontal scuff along the lower boot, light ring or key scratches around both door handles and small dent to the driver side front wing and other scratches and chips. Looks immaculate inside and if it wasn't for the scratches and body work issues I'd probably snap it up at £6,495.
The problem I have is that I'd easily lose £500 off any resale value further down the line if I kept the vehicle as it is due to the bodywork, so I'm not wanting to pay more than £6,000 for the car in its current state. My bank loan is now sitting in my account so I'm ready to proceed, it's just a matter of finding a car now
I'm also not very technically minded as far as cars go, so I'm not really sure of replacement cost for rear bumber grill (does the entire bumper need replacing to replace that part?) or the possibility of getting scratches seen too and to what success levels?