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Hello All,

I'm looking for a good samaritan that can run this VIN
WDBWK73F38F173337 and let me know what the options are on this car. I'm particularly interested in the big brake kit.

The full listing is here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mercedes-Benz-SLK-Class-?cmd=ViewItem&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D1%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D4029478600656220244&_trksid=p5197.m7&item=370556822736

I have noticed the car has some peeling of the black plastics surounding the SW buttons, and there is also a scratch on the passenger side rear quarter panel, looks like someone has keyed it for some reason :td:

Regarding the price, I find it a bit steep, but since it is a CPO car I'm not sure how far off the mark it is. My personal opinion is that it should sell for about $30/32, but I'm open to hearing thoughts of others (particularly those thinking its worth less :tu: )

Thanks in advance,
Andres G
 

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Hello Wooly and John,

Thank you both for the link and PDF respectively. Thanks also for the heads up on the expected price to pay.

It is always interesting to hear what actual owners have to say about their vehicle pricing. Here is why I had this price in mind, and likely the reason for me to be a bit off in my estimation: A friend of mind bought his 2006 55 AMG last year with 60K miles and all options, non-CPO and in good (not perfect) condition. He paid $27.0 for it to a dealer plus $1000 to ship if from Cali to Arkansas.

My calculation was that the price should be about 8% to 10% higher as we move up in years, so a 2008 should be worth no more than 20% above what a 2006 cost... so $32.4 would have been the price... but that was 1 year ago. What I didn't take into account I guess, was mileage and CPO status, which I imagine brings up the price significantly.

Anyway, I actually contacted the online sales exec. from this dealership and asked him to give me a ballpark idea of what I could potentially expect to pay on top of my BMW 135i if I were to trade it in. This is where the fun begins... My car is under warranty, less than 10K miles and not a single scratch on it. NADA values it $27.5K for trade in, KBB says $27.7K also trade in (both quote $31.5K retail for it). The asking price for the SLK on the website is $36K. The gap between my car's trade in and their asking retail price is $8.5K, but considering that they'd never pay the website quoted value for trade in, I imagined I'd get a note back saying trade in + $10K gets you the car.

I'm still recovering here... his note back read $19K plus dealership fees!

I know dealerships are out there to make money, just never figured they'd try to make the whole day's worth of income in one single transaction.

I guess I'll keep looking.

Thanks again,
Andres G
 

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stay away from dealers, they always mark it up $10k
 

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Andres - can't fault your logic, and in general CPO is considered to be worth at least $2k on the price of an AMG based on what it would cost to get that level of coverage, and seems to command a premium since MB is proud of their CPO's.

To be fair, I've owned 3 CPO cars, and never had a niggle at all when getting something covered, so all except my C Series have more than paid for themselves. The C Series has simply been zero problems since day one, but it's a pretty basic model as well.
 

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Hello Wooly and John,

Thank you both for the link and PDF respectively. Thanks also for the heads up on the expected price to pay.

It is always interesting to hear what actual owners have to say about their vehicle pricing. Here is why I had this price in mind, and likely the reason for me to be a bit off in my estimation: A friend of mind bought his 2006 55 AMG last year with 60K miles and all options, non-CPO and in good (not perfect) condition. He paid $27.0 for it to a dealer plus $1000 to ship if from Cali to Arkansas.

My calculation was that the price should be about 8% to 10% higher as we move up in years, so a 2008 should be worth no more than 20% above what a 2006 cost... so $32.4 would have been the price... but that was 1 year ago. What I didn't take into account I guess, was mileage and CPO status, which I imagine brings up the price significantly.

Anyway, I actually contacted the online sales exec. from this dealership and asked him to give me a ballpark idea of what I could potentially expect to pay on top of my BMW 135i if I were to trade it in. This is where the fun begins... My car is under warranty, less than 10K miles and not a single scratch on it. NADA values it $27.5K for trade in, KBB says $27.7K also trade in (both quote $31.5K retail for it). The asking price for the SLK on the website is $36K. The gap between my car's trade in and their asking retail price is $8.5K, but considering that they'd never pay the website quoted value for trade in, I imagined I'd get a note back saying trade in + $10K gets you the car.

I'm still recovering here... his note back read $19K plus dealership fees!

I know dealerships are out there to make money, just never figured they'd try to make the whole day's worth of income in one single transaction.

I guess I'll keep looking.

Thanks again,
Andres G
Check Cars.com and you will see the dealer is asking 43,911. That is where the 19K comes to play 9K more than you figured. It looks like a 08 55AMG the asking price is around the 40's. There are 13 cars listed on cars.com.

$30,001-$35,000 (1 car
$35,001-$40,000 (6 cars
$40,001-$45,000 (3 cars
$45,001-$50,000 (3 cars

Do not hink you could get it for the low 30's you are thinking. Wish you luck on trying.
 

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Again, thanks for the feedback provided. I have looked at pricing for the SLK 55 since I embarked on my plan to get one, and as far as I can tell an 08 should be right on the money at $36K with average mileage and in excellent condition with CPO. Cars sell on ebay for similar if not lower amounts on a regular basis... and when looking at sites such as cars.com and autotrader.com I always remind myself that published prices are almost never the prices actually paid for the vehicles once transactions are completed.

As far as getting the car for $32K, I must admit I was probably being a bit optimistic. Although I also have to admit that convertible season is over and if there is a good time to get one of these cars, this is exactly it. Can't blame me for trying :biglaugh:

Thanks once again.
Andres G
 
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