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~£8000 off a new SLC?

Interesting article in the UK Press today! Not sure my local MB dealer would be offering £8000 off the purchase price of a new SLC!!!

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Price range: £31,040 - £47,155. Average discount: £8,677
The SLC - formerly the SLK - was only brought to the market last year, but already you can get over £8,000 off the price of a new one. Is Mercedes struggling to shift its most affordable two-seat roadster?
It's hard to tell from official figures, as it wasn't available on the market for the entirety of 2016. Stats show that 3,721 were registered last year - only good enough for 140th in the table of best sellers. A good discount could help boost those numbers.



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Interesting article in the UK Press today! Not sure my local MB dealer would be offering £8000 off the purchase price of a new SLC!!!

Mercedes-Benz SLC
Price range: £31,040 - £47,155. Average discount: £8,677
The SLC - formerly the SLK - was only brought to the market last year, but already you can get over £8,000 off the price of a new one. Is Mercedes struggling to shift its most affordable two-seat roadster?
It's hard to tell from official figures, as it wasn't available on the market for the entirety of 2016. Stats show that 3,721 were registered last year - only good enough for 140th in the table of best sellers. A good discount could help boost those numbers.



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Yes I got that amount off my SLC last year!
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So did I (in September 2016).
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and I had a quick look on carwow and got offered an even bigger discount on a new 43 from several MB main dealers. Never thought much about why and decided my 55 is still the car for me.
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Picked my new SLC43 up yesterday from MB Shrewsbury.

Invoice shows that I received a new vehicle discount of £ 11174.47.

Standard spec.......plus Comand, Pan roof & Airguide

Final price £38570.53 including delivery etc.


Very please with car and the Car Wow price.

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Picked my new SLC43 up yesterday from MB Shrewsbury.

Invoice shows that I received a new vehicle discount of £ 11174.47.

Standard spec.......plus Command, Pan roof & Airguide

Final price £38570.53 including delivery etc.


Very please with car and the Car Wow price.

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Tom, that's a lot of car for the money and a big discount. Can you share any pictures ??
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Quick SLC check on www.CarWow.co.uk and You can see where that £8k figure came from:
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Tried to upload a few pics but no joy as files too large.
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looks good to my eyes, i do like the look of the lower front splitter thingy-me-jig. The SLK/SLC in all it's forms are really good looking cars, regardless of which you prefer they are all a good looking design, roof up or down.
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Big discount = big drop in value when used.
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Big discount = big drop in value when used.
Yes, and no. Jein as they say over here.

From Mercedes website PCP example (you can get £7000 off in the example on the website without even asking the dealer) they expect a base model SLC 43 to be worth £18,000 at 3 years and 30,000 miles. So, if it cost £47,000 new you'd be losing 62% of the new price so the residual value would be a horrific 38% at 3 years. That's not good.

If you buy at £38,000 (which seems to be where most folks are ending up) you're losing £20,000 or 54% of new so the residual is still a pretty awful 46%. But is a 55 really that much better. Remember that a new 55 was £54,000 on the road and they were £43,000 after all the discounts. A 1 year-old SLK 55 is the most expensive SLK on Autotrader and it's 40,000 vs. a list price of 54,000 so it's lost 25% in the first year (and that's assuming someone pays what the dealer is asking). A 3-year old car is about £30,000 retail so realistically that's 25,000 as a trade-in so it's pretty much the same as the 43 is projected to be going forward. And don't forget that there are plenty of used SLC 43's in Mercedes dealers for more than you can get a new one for. Which is just bizarre.

It's such a shame that Mercedes don't just do the obvious thing and sell the SLC 43 at £37,000 LIST with no discounts. That's the only way to firm up the residuals. That would make it a performance bargain vs. the Audi TT and Z4 and it wouldn't incur all the extra taxes after 31/3/17.

Of course, I lease, so it's all largely irrelevant for me.
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That's the thing, it doesn't make sense to buy nearly new, because you can get brand new cheaper. Which means that you will be hit hard if you try to sell your nearly new car. Of course I remember discounts on SLK55. But there must be people buying nearly new ones on PCP and paying awfully high APR, otherwise Mercedes wouldn't put them on sale at this price.

Who knows, maybe they will change the price after new tax rules will come into effect. Or just give additional discount to cover extra tax ... Base spec Mustang GT will be good buy after tax changes. Unfortunately it has tiny fuel tank.
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How desperate is Mercedes? Local main dealer has new 200 manual SLC solid white for £30,000. Not sure if it had Command or Airscarf but I'm sure it had leather. But who the heck buys a boggo basic manual Mercedes theses days? Maybe some chap will indulge his wife or daughter.
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How desperate is Mercedes? Local main dealer has new 200 manual SLC solid white for £30,000. Not sure if it had Command or Airscarf but I'm sure it had leather. But who the heck buys a boggo basic manual Mercedes theses days? Maybe some chap will indulge his wife or daughter.
But what's a Boggo basic Mercedes? The AMG spec cars have pretty much everything most people would want and most dealer Pre-order cars have heated seats and Airscarf.

On drive the deal at the moment you can get some ludicrous discounts on SLCs (on Mercedes in general) and I think you'd have to question the pricing structure of putting a deal on the website of a £37,000 car with a Mercedes deposit contribution of £5000 and a dealer deposit contribution of £2000. Why nit just price it at £30,000 and give us a reasonably priced car to start with? I do think Ford are on to something with how they have handled the Mustang in the UK. Everyone knows that the 2018 Mustang is a MUCH better car, yet even with that on sale in August, you still can't get a discount on a RHD Mustang. Not a penny. These cars will hold their value. And they're Fords!
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How desperate is Mercedes? Local main dealer has new 200 manual SLC solid white for £30,000.
The first thing the dealer should tell you is that Mercedes have a special PCP deal on at the moment where it's actually £23,000 if you take Mercedes finance. At £23,000 it's competing with cars like a Mazda MX-5 and I know what I'd rather drive.

If you don't mind me saying, you do seem to spend a huge amount of time visiting your local dealer. On your recent posts, you've been there pretty much every other week for the last 8 or 9 weeks.
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After a week, had two offers on CarWow from Sheffield & Gatwick offering a SLC 43 for £37.2k....
Hmmmm, think the Gatwick MB Dealer is the place to go:
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If you don't mind me saying, you do seem to spend a huge amount of time visiting your local dealer. On your recent posts, you've been there pretty much every other week for the last 8 or 9 weeks.

I don't mind you saying that all & I make no apologies for my frequent visits. It so happens there are 2 dealers on my regular driving routes & it suits me to drop in for a nose round & a free coffee & biscuits, a third is almost next to one of my places of work. So monitoring how SLK's in particular is fascinating & in the case of one dealer a particular garrulous sales guy is forever revealing much that he should not about what is & is not selling. I also include a Nissan & a BMW dealership which in the past has enable me to drop on cars just arrived as a p/ex & bought before even displayed or advertised. Given how frequently salespeople change nobody has clocked me as a regular tyre kicker & if they did they can do nothing about it.
Although my current Mercedes was obtained via an independent sports car specialist I may well encounter my next SLK on one of my visits, maybe a 2017 43 discounted to £30K !!!!!!
Why ....... I was in a Nissan dealer only this morning to order the new Micra for my wife as a birthday present but an automatic version is yet to be offered. Mmm another visit to replace her auto Juke then? Hey Ho.
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