Basically, I shopped around for insurance quotes online and found a really competative one with performance direct - £1978.
Anyway i thought great, i can get my 182 earlyer than i thought.
Looked round for one, found a mint example off a member on here and put a deposit down on it.
Rang them up to verify everything, was about to confirm policy start date for end of this month and pay up when they tell me that there is a proviso on my policy - I have to have had some experiance with a car like this in the past.... Erm ok?
Guy: what car do you drive atm?
me : a crappy 1.2
Guy : let me just check that for you sir
Guy : Thats not acceptable experiance
Me : Yeh i know but your online quote never mentioned that and neither did ur rep last time i rang for a quote.
Guy: Sorry sir.
They have now put me through to somet called call connect where they put me through to loads of different insurers. All failing me hard (My last quote was 6k+
Moral of the story - double/tripple/quadruple check all the ins and outs of your policy before you start putting deposits on cars.
Need to cross my fingers now and hope i get something "reasonable"