Just got back from the test drive. What a car! Incredibly light and powerful - you can really feel the road, although a little too much. I was naughty and put down a deposit
Edit: So have sat on the decision for a few hours and am happy with it. Overall the car was great - only had two minor chips on the paintwork and a tiny bit of rust coming through the rear wheel arches - similar to my dads car actually! I will fix this over the summer. Other than that, still cant believe how great it was to drive and how different to my dads car it was. In addition, the sales guys actually left me to it - I was expecting high pressure sales people, who usually put me off a pruchase, but they just left me alone.
Out of curiosity, what kind of petrol usage can I expect (and given its age)? Are there any things I should know about the SLK, e.g. things that go wrong frequently?
Have you bought it yet?
I'd seriously look at some more...but if you can't be persuaded then some advice:
I know alot about buying and selling cars, values, and how traders operate- no matter how 'nice' they seem. I'd still try to get £500 off that car. Have cash on you- I bet they take it, or at least a few hundred. Cash is king. I'd offer them £750 less then settle at around £500 off. Don't be afraid or embarassed to haggle- they're used to it and expect it. And don't bite if they offer £100-200 off.
I paid much less for mine than what they wanted- I always do. There is a 'haggle' margin built in, no matter what the dealer might say.
I'd simply say to them I've got £6250 here in cash for the car, point out the rust in the rear arches which you'll will have to get treated and painted. Word to the wise on this- I bet the rust is actually WORSE than it looks. If you're seeing it coming through, then whats underneath will be worse than you think. Speaking from experience with mine- will cost at least £200-300 to sort out professionally, but don't tell them that. Whats the Tax and MOT on the car? Warranty?? These are all bargaining chips.
Even if your getting finance you never pay sticker price- especially on a used car.
Then don't say anything- let them . The salesman might go off and speak to his boss, come back and try some cock and bull story that 'this is the best I can do, the boss is'nt budging.' Then sweet talk you.Thats bollocks. If the guy selling it to you is the boss then thats even better. He's got nowhere to run. I know you just want to buy the car and get it over with but why pay more than you need to? Treat it as a game. Salesmen do- they do it everyday. They respect people who haggle.
I reckon they've gotten that car for about 5k or less. Trade for that would be somewhere around £4500.
You offer £6250, they might come back with £6800, you offer £6300.. only go up in £50 increments. Stop at £6450. Say: 'Thats it mate-it's all I have to spend. DONT be afraid to walk away. Leave them with your number and leave.Tell them you're looking at a couple tomorrow. You can always come back the next day, it would be extremely remote that the car will go in that time. Come back the next day and settle for what the best deal you had agreed on. But personally I'd still try to get some moreoff even then... but that's just me.
Good luck and be brave!