Join Date: May 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Vehicle: 2005 SLK-350, Black on two-tone biege/black
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You know, one of the things that bugs me about a newer car with a lot of owners is the possibility that it is a lemon.
There is a very high possibility that 1 or 2 of those previous owners dumped the car while still owing on the loan. That means they were probably paying more for maintenance and unexpected mechanical work than they could afford, and it was easier/cheaper to write off the car and take on any remaining debt. Think about this: Would you sell a car for less than you owe? What kind of things would cause you to do this?
I just doubt that many people who couldn't afford a base SLK would buy a fully-optioned SLK and then realize they couldn't afford it. Maybe 1 of those 4 owners was in that position, but my guess is that there are some kind of electrical/mechanical issues with the car that should make it a lemon, but somehow it hasn't been lemoned yet. Either that, or it's been in an accident and repaired.
I would avoid that car, personally. Sounds like a bad deal waiting to happen. The likelihood that this car is in great shape and just too expensive for the previous 4 owners is EXTREMELY lower than some of those things I mentioned. Why take chances? Keep looking, and you'll find a better SLK soon.