2006 R53 Hyper Blue/White Cooper S
I can just about see the sea from my house mate so am pretty close 😂I know you're in the Brighton area but how close are you to the coast? Salt in the air can really accelerate all things rust.
It's a shame you're having to consider moving the car on, can tell you've looked after it well whilst you've had it. Hopefully things pick up and it stays in your ownership!
TBF the cars been in this area for half its life probably and most Gen 1's have rust "somewhere".....I see alot of them that are OK where mine is but going somewhere else I think mine was probably always prone to having the issue where it is.....also I have a working theory that Hyper Blue as lovely a colour as it is might be a bit more susceptible to it. Happily my doors, tailgate etc are all great so it could be alot worse.
We'll see as well.....it's one of those where the cars great but it's hardly being used and I could arguably do with money in the account than it sat on the drive costing money I'd rather someone else enjoyed it if it comes to it 👍