Amel 54 Corrosion
It takes some care to keep a boat looking more or less OK.
Our mirrors were "affected on the sides" as you say, on our then-10 year-old '53 when we bought it in 2012 in Fort Lauderdale. I am not sure if it got any worse in subsequent years, as those things that you see every day are hard to objectively measure.
In 2016, we replaced all of our mirrors in Barcelona, at not much cost. It turns out that Amel mirrors are thicker than regular household mirrors. I believe we followed on the footsteps of great advice from a friend.
21 months later, the mirrors still look brand-new.
SM2K No. 350 (2002)
Under sail, Patara to Kas
Thanks for all responses. It seems to prove the principle of "use it or loose it" is very much valid for Amels as well.
The Amel we've looked at has seen very little usage, less then 600 motor hours.
As a result the interior looks very good but the technical installations are not in great shape.
So my guess is that buying such a yacht would take a lot of effort to get effort to get back in shape with substantial costs associated.
At present the price does not reflect this as far a I can tell. As usual the broker tries to downplay the problems but I would expect him to do so. However our funds are limited and we cannot afford a money-pit other then a yacht in good shape already is.
We will need to take look at other Amels for finding our new cruising-home.