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Old 01-28-2008, 09:46 PM
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Holy *****, went for $6,106

This car just sold at a Canadian government auction for $6106 Canadian. I watch these auctions and the few times I bid I never got lucky. I guess this guy did.

CDI, I guess it's a diesel?

Sold For: $6,106.00
Sale Account: R7OT05334-Lot 10
Description: 2002 MERCEDES-BENZ VANEO CDI 1.7 (22804 KM)
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Posting Date: 14-Dec-2007
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:52 PM
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I could drive that to work. Well, if they would bring it south.
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:15 PM
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Government, fleet and lease vehicles are some of the worst abused cars you can possibly buy.
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:32 AM
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Originally Posted by ForcedInduction View Post
Government, fleet and lease vehicles are some of the worst abused cars you can possibly buy.
Depends on who you're buying them from. For example, the Mormon Church sells off its fleet trucks and they are always in SUPERB condition. Actually, almost all fleet vehicles I've seen have been very nice as well.

Government is hit and miss: depends on the government. Lease is definitely an "avoid."
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:47 AM
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Oh, we mustn't forget demo vehicles as well.
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:24 AM
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That's a strange lookinh vehicle. Way to ugly for me.

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Old 01-29-2008, 07:10 AM
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clown car...give me the real thing...wide,,long,,low,,and heavy
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:17 AM
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Is that the MB A Class???
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:24 AM
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No, it is based on it.

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Old 01-29-2008, 08:28 AM
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Sort of a " A" Class. Vaneo, odd name but interesting vehicle. There is a bunch of them over in Vance, AL (imagine that) in the DPS for the city. There are claims the 1.7 ltr with a standard will run 110 mph and knock close to 50mpg all day.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:35 AM
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These Vaneo are prevalent in Spain, Portugal and Italy...I think they are a different model platform than the Vito.

Yes, diesel. I have been in both vehicles and each of them had a diesel and a six-speed manual although the one in the picture looks to be an automatic.

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Old 01-29-2008, 09:37 AM
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This is a European vehicle. If you bring a car into Canada that is non-conforming to safety and emissions standards, you have to convince the customs guys that you know how to convert it - and have the money to do so - or you risk having the car impounded until you come up with a decent plan of attack.

My guess is that this car was impounded when the owner realized that they would have to do things like custom fabricate bumpers, install daytime running lights, side marker lights etc etc.

Thankfully older cars are exempt and most US cars meet the regs with no or minor mods.
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:50 AM
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I watch those crown asset auctions too.

As a condition of sale, many of those "test" vehicles HAVE TO be shipped back to Europe. They will only deliver it to a sealed shipping container destined for Europe. That means you can't even buy it to part out, etc.

The crown assets auctions are cool though, I've gone to the auctions in Montreal. My father once bid on a lot of 6 4x4 crates of military surplus, just for kicks. He won, and had to pay to get all of it trucked home... what a crazy pile of stuff. 1 cyl diesel generators, aircraft "boosting" station control panels, boxes of gauges.

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Old 01-29-2008, 10:40 AM
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Why get something at a good price that is that ugly. That thing is awful...
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:58 AM
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That piece of grunt is really ugly

I'm rally surprised that Benz and co. didn't put the "Star" upside down on that one!

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