ou814: It's not a total steal, but it is a very fair price. On one condition... the car is IMMACULATE. If it's a really nice car, and clean.. I could see that baby doing close to $17K at auction. It's Topaz, It's got harmon/kardon and weather pkg... And 53K on a '95.
For a Jaguar to be worth all the money (I buy about 20 of them at month on a wholesale level) It has to have the four following charachteristics:
1) Color combo. Oh, it's Black with Black Leather in FL? Bad. Topaz and White do the best.
2) Equipment: No traction in CT? Uh Oh.
3) Condition: Uhh, it's been painted down the side? Bad.
4) Miles: Jags get slaughtered, valuewise, by high mileage
So, that car could hit as much as $17K at auction. I've seen them do that recently if they're NICE. And that's the key. Make sure the wood is nice, that it shows little wear (A couple of cracks is normalish). Make sure the leather, carpets, chrome, etc.. that they're all there and nice. Make sure the power steering column works.
Make sure it drives like it ought to.
Follow this link too: http://www.vauxhallpa.50megs.com/paintwork.html
If it passes muster, tell him $18K cash, NOW. If that fails, try $18,500... But if you like it, $18,900 is a fair price for that car.
Where are you located at? it makes a difference pricewise too.