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Hi, can any Slk owners advise me the best way to check a cars history?
There seem to be so many companies offering checks! It is quite confusing and rather daunting which one to use.
For me this is a large purchase and I don`t want to get it wrong.
Apart from checking there is no finance owing, I`m also worried about accident damage. Is it only large accidents that will be listed with the `car check companies`?
Another worrying thing, a few months ago on ebay an slk was advertised, the seller had previously sold another slk a little while before. I looked at what else he had sold/bought. Just prior to this ad` he bought an slk key fob, quite innocent, and a Service History book/let. I then clicked on the seller of the service history book and read his ad` with horror. You bid and buy the book then after it has been paid for you let him know which pages you want stamped!!!
Lots of advise PLEASE
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Hey Bud

I got mine from a main dealer, i'd been looking for quite a while and saw lots of cars but none with a full history
Went to MB in loughton and they were brilliant
hope you get the right answers!
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Hi, can any Slk owners advise me the best way to check a cars history?
There seem to be so many companies offering checks! It is quite confusing and rather daunting which one to use.
For me this is a large purchase and I don`t want to get it wrong.
Apart from checking there is no finance owing, I`m also worried about accident damage. Is it only large accidents that will be listed with the `car check companies`?
Another worrying thing, a few months ago on ebay an slk was advertised, the seller had previously sold another slk a little while before. I looked at what else he had sold/bought. Just prior to this ad` he bought an slk key fob, quite innocent, and a Service History book/let. I then clicked on the seller of the service history book and read his ad` with horror. You bid and buy the book then after it has been paid for you let him know which pages you want stamped!!!
Lots of advise PLEASE
First of all, take deep breath!

Number two, Autocheck and Carfax are two of the most popular services for checking out a vehicle for problems. Unfortunately, you cannot EVER assume that a clean report from both of those services means the car never was in an accident.

Apart from buying new or certified from the dealer, your best bet is to bone up on basic car inspection skills and, if it passes the initial lookover and testdrive, take it to nearby car repair shop that will do a more thorough pre-sale inspection for you. proper inspection will include putting the car up on a lift and it will take AT LEAST an hour. Most dealers won't do it, but just about any decent car repair shop will do it for ~$100.

With regard to SLK, make sure you pay attention to the roof, the stereo, brakes, and tires. Every car needs new tires and brakes, but benzes are notorious for chewing through those, and both cost a lot to replace at the dealer. If you feel a noticeable lip at the outer edge of the brake rotor, it'll probably have to be replaced soon.

Here's a good website with the basic skills you'll need to spot the more obvious signs of post-accident repairs. http://www.samarins.com/check/simplecheck.html#body
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