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Hi everyone - I'm considering purchasing a 1998 SLK 230 with 20,035 miles on it! The asking price is $9981 from a Mercedes dealership. This is a one owner vehicle. Just looking for impressions from members of this forum. Is this a reasonable price for this car? Everything that I've seen on Blue Book tops out at around $7400 for a SLK230 of this vintage. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Hi and welcome to SLKWorld.com from the UK Midlands - Thanks for joining us!

Sounds a little on the high side, but then the mileage is VERY low... I guess it's worth as much as you're willing to pay for it.



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Welcome from Wirral, England.

In the UK a one owner low mileage car of any kind commands a high premium.

Especially if standard trim with only OEM extras from point of first sale and no crash or theft history.
So long as it has MB or MB specialist servicing.

It's very hard to price as they are as rare as hens teeth.

You'd need to speak to an expert.

The cheats way is to ring other dealers and say your thinking of selling a car of similar description, different colour.
You don't want to reveal your license plate/VIN for personal reasons (if they do a check they'll figure what your up to).
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Relatively speaking, no matter how low the mileage, you can't add but 30%. That is from a buyer's retail perspective. The dealer, naturally wants as much as he can get. IMHO it is too high. Mileage is certainly important, but remember that all the parts, rubber, are still aged. Some might say an I driven car can sometimes present unusual problems.

A great find though. Good luck!


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I'm from Newark. About 10 miles West of Wilmington.
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If the car has never been in an accident, has no rust or mechanical issues and the mileage is accurate you would be crazy not to buy the car.
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Apparently the dealer knows its value. As stated, if everything checks out you'd be crazy not to buy it. However, as also stated, the rubbers, seals, etc. would all be just as old-unless records demonstrate otherwise. It's never good to let a car sit without driving it. onviously that one got very little use. What of the oil changes? If you look at the thread "Oil Change Intervals" you might wonder if the short trips which likely occurred actually did the car any favors.

Personally I'd probably jump on it. But it may serve you to remind the dealer that this is not the type of car an 'average' person would buy. The demographic of potential buyers for a car like that is limited by the very nature of the car itself.
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Thanks everyone. So far some relayed, thought provoking tips. I'll let you know the outcome.
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Very nice SLK's with 40K/50K miles: $9,900.00 and $8800.00 One has had all the top cylinders replaced already.
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