I just purchased a 2008 SLK55 with 22k miles from a broker who bought the car from the Riverside, CA auction where many Mercedes dealers send their cars.
While some of this is caught on the visual, here's what the detailed inspection showed:
Jack pads missing
Oil pan leaking
Valve / baffle covers leaking oil
Power steering leaking
Navigation module missing
Sat module missing
Broken Carbon fiber trim pieces
Fuel door sticking
Bent wheel (unrepairable)
Window tint issues
Tirefit and compressor missing
A few lights out
Remote has broken button
I highly recommend a DETAILED prepurchase inspection if getting a car remotely. The "it looks good" inspection just didn't cut it here. I've got a lot of work to do, and can clearly do a great deal, if not all, of this. The big learning for me is to never trust the VIN that the modules are actually there!
The good news? The paint is perfect!
My SLK350 that I sold to acquire this car looks a lot better now!