Car was actually previously registered to Driven Image according to the log book.
I've only just come across this thread, and really wish that I'd seen this earlier. From bitter personal experience with this couple of total shysters I would have urged you to have avoided with a massive massive barge pole - as other threads (a noble springs to mind) may also suggest. I can certainly feel your pain and what makes me really annoyed is that this isn't an isolated experience and I know that PH has its N&S rules, but it is such a shame that as a community of motor enthusiasts (and even more so in such small circles like TVR ownership) that people aren't well aware of such b
ds. Tweedle dum and tweedle dee spring to mind.
My experience - in case anyone cares - certainly has some parallels with yours. In early 2009 I bought a 911 C4S from them, assuming that the car would be prepared and checked over thoroughly before sale and that any problems would be backed up by a warranty, which you might expect from a dealer promising just that. This was my first mistake. Picked the car up and pretty soon noticed that the aircon wasn't working - told them and dum said no problem it'll just need a regass. Anyway, it didn't - it needed a new condenser and a few hours of labour. What is interesting is that this work didn't go through the warranty company, and a quick scan of my paperwork made me seriously question whether such a warranty (paid for) actually was taken out on the car. At first dum and dee were nice as pie, but then when the cost of all the parts and labour came in they switched and were the most unprofessional people I'v ever dealt with. My car was missing for almost 10 days with no follow up or updates - all of my phone calls suddenly went straight to answer phone and messages including via email were ignored. In the end it took my wife pretending to be another customer to get them to answer the phone and the threat of reporting my car stolen to the police to actually get someone on the phone. In the end the car was fixed. But there were lots of little things that told me it hadn't been inspected at all i.e. bulbs not working and corrosion to wheels, the left lamp unit filled with water and misted up and also the xenon lamps were actually a very cheap aftermarket kit (I was assured they were factory fit) that broke and I ended up fixing myself. To top it all off they told me that the V5 was in the post and after several weeks of it not arriving I had to take it off the road as the tax had run out. I was furious. Same pantomime re answering the phone and it's the only time in my life I've ever had to shout at somebody down the phone. Still took weeks to sort out that too. They simply don't care, not a tiny little bit. This was several years ago now and it's not a surprise that they didn't last that long.
But, still every cloud etc - and as others have said, your car will be fantastic when it's properly sorted.
And as a nice happy ending it would appear that they have disappeared from the scene:http://companycheck.co.uk/company/05737156
Sadly they may pop up again so keep your wits about you, although a little bird tells me that dum or dee has given up trying to rip people off on his own after they fell out and has had to go back to selling volume cars in a main dealer instead. Here's a little tip: if you treat customers really really badly this is what will happen. If you do something right like provide good quality cars that are thoroughly checked and repaired and backed up by a proper warranty like professionals then you might do a little better, but please do the public a favour and don't try. They were strictly amateur hour.
Sorry for the long post, I feel really bad that they just continued as they were and got you too
Oh, and it would be truly wonderful if either dum or dee does actually post on the forums and would like to explain their business model.