I paid $31,500 for it, which seemed reasonable to me at the time, given what was on the market. And I shopped a number of cars, probably 10-15 in all. When I found one I thought sounded good, I would run a CarFax report on it. I found a couple of cars with salvage titles that way, and the listing in both cases never mentioned the fact. I had the car flatbedded to me on a Saturday morning, and it was pretty exciting. Dawn comes early on the morning your first Mercedes is being delivered.
Aside from some touched-up paint on the left-front fender, the car is pristine--in fact, it took me a while to drive it, because it was so nice! (It was also Michigan in the middle of November, and of course it snowed the next day!)