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Help buying an SLK55

Hey everyone, been creepin for a little while now and have decided to start seriously looking for an SLK55 AMG and figured I'd ask for your guys opinions. First, do you think this one would be a decent pickup at 32,000 canadian?

http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Mercedes-...S200541292544/

And also what are your guys thoughts on buying one off ebay sight unseen?

Thanks alot in advance, look forward to joining the club!
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The black 2006 SLK 55 looks nice. Best interior choice and good option list. I've purchased two SLKs off eBay with great results. Based on the vehicle description and seller feedback, I put deposits on both, but picked up both in person. Forum member Daytona Jae recently purchased a west coast E Class (?) sedan sight unseen, but he employed a "professional car inspector" who reported the results to him. Search user "Daytona Jae" for documentation of his experience.
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Thanks JB.

Thanks for your input -1-, daytonajaes story seemed to have a happy ending, good to know. What do you think would be a good price to get that black 06 for?
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Don't know if Canada's Yahoo cars section has the kelly bb section.

http://autos.yahoo.com/kbb/one;_ylt=...F;_ylv=3?sell=

use my zip of 33511 if u wish just to compare


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Hi tu99a

i would say as normal make sure it has FULL service history ( work done by a MB dealship only , if not walk away) , If the car done anywhere near 25k or 50k miles that all the brake discs & pads are as new as possible + tires , Get the vin number & ask a forum member to call that number up .


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Looks like a nice example. Where in BC are you located? I see that car is in Victoria, my parents live there, beautiful area
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Looks like a nice example. Where in BC are you located? I see that car is in Victoria, my parents live there, beautiful area
I live on Vancouver Island as well, love it here.
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Another question, on that one I looked at, most of the paint on the plastic pieces next to rear window has worn off, is that common? I was thinking I would just remove it all and it would look fine, especially with a black one. Thanks again.
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Another question, on that one I looked at, most of the paint on the plastic pieces next to rear window has worn off, is that common? I was thinking I would just remove it all and it would look fine, especially with a black one. Thanks again.
That's pretty common for cars that have seen some sun. It is not a real big deal to replace them, the instructions are on this site somewhere. I wouldn't let that deter me from any purchase.
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Sold my car today so let the real shopping begin! I'm thinking about buying one in the western states, then flying out and driving it back. If anyones keeping their finger on the pulse of the used market, post some decent ones you've seen in the 30g range, thanks alot!
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if you havent bought yet, I just purchased my 2006 SLK 55 AMG for $30k with 48k miles if that helps.
Car has sports package navigation package premium sound system and a few other things

We paid for the owner to bring the car to the local Mercedes dealership and they did a used car buying inspection that gave me all the details on the engine and the body which I highly recommend. If your going to spend this much on a car might as well pay a couple hundred to make sure its in good condition.

Good luck with your purchase
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if you havent bought yet, I just purchased my 2006 SLK 55 AMG for $30k with 48k miles if that helps.
Car has sports package navigation package premium sound system and a few other things

We paid for the owner to bring the car to the local Mercedes dealership and they did a used car buying inspection that gave me all the details on the engine and the body which I highly recommend. If your going to spend this much on a car might as well pay a couple hundred to make sure its in good condition.

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Congrats on the AMG! No I still haven't bought and thanks for the advice, I plan on getting an inspection on whichever one I find.



Dennis C, your AMG looks nice, but I think it's probably a little outta my price range, thanks.
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Dennis C, your AMG looks nice, but I think it's probably a little outta my price range, thanks.
I can be quite flexible
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Haha, I appreciate it, but I dont want to lowball you man I'm looking to spend like 29k area.

What do you guys think about this one?

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false

The VIN is WDBWK73F95F044949 if anyone is able to run carfax's for free I'd appreciate it.
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Haha, I appreciate it, but I dont want to lowball you man I'm looking to spend like 29k area.

What do you guys think about this one?

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false

The VIN is WDBWK73F95F044949 if anyone is able to run carfax's for free I'd appreciate it.

Nice car, I've run the VIN before - not sure if it was a forum member or someone else looking at it. It's an early build car, and missing AirScarf, which would be a deal breaker for me personally. $27k is in the right range, I'd get the service history if you can.



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Nice car, I've run the VIN before - not sure if it was a forum member or someone else looking at it. It's an early build car, and missing AirScarf, which would be a deal breaker for me personally. $27k is in the right range, I'd get the service history if you can.
Thanks, I never really thought I'd be too worried about airscarf, is it that big of a deal?

Heres another Im lookin at

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Fellow canuck...you must have the airscarf...trust me!! Does that one have the scarf? You'll love the red interior - we do!! Shipping from OR will set you back about 1500+$.
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Fellow canuck...you must have the airscarf...trust me!! Does that one have the scarf? You'll love the red interior - we do!! Shipping from OR will set you back about 1500+$.
Thanks for the input! Haha its probably more necesarry in Ottawa than Vancouver Island :P, when I buy, I plan on flying out and driving that bad boy back, so no shipping.
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