Did you carry out a car check on this before you bought it?
In the cars defence, It doesn't take much to write off any car now especially an aluminium bodied 20 year old car. The owners, (22) is a bit much but i once bought a 4 year old car with 5 previous owners (3 from same family though). As long as the car is complete and is a runner and you are happy with the price you paid who really cares.
There are only a handful of A2s' out there that are going to be highly collectable in the future, and they are squirrelled away somewhere in a high security oxygen tent prison, only to be pushed out for special occasions.
Most of us who buy these fun, frugal and very well built funky cars actually drive them, and it looks like you have a nice colour to start with.
The pictures don't show much damage with nice even shut lines and no nasty bodywork dents.
Remember, when life gives you lemons make lemonade.
Engine upgrade, long term project or just a reliable runabout (FSI??) either way the car is a survivor, If you decide to keep it.
No as bought from a trader I expected not the best put saw potential.
I knew as a trader they would have to disclose anything serious like clocking or Cat C/D. (looks like I was wrong)
I did a car check once it arrived because the only paperwork left on the seat was the green slip of the logbook which when I went to check it on DVLA it said it wasn't valid.
I then tried calling and messaging seller but when he didn't answer I checked it out.
I still don't know if it is stolen or scrapped as he says he is waiting for the logbook from previous owner.
At this point in time I have moved it into the back of my drive and notified the Police, Trading Standards, Action Fraud and the EPA who are investigating as we speak.
To me it looks like it has either been stolen or scrapped due to the lack of logbook, stereo missing and plugs cut off, 1 key that starts it but the fob doesn't work, battery is a Ford one not fitted as too big and won't fit in the space, centre caps missing and the panel under the steering wheel is broken just dangling.
The EPA are involved as I they aren't a licensed trader or scrap metal collector.
I didn't know that a car could be written off twice....