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Old 09-16-2015, 05:02 PM
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Anyone in or near Englewood, CO?

In need of help checking out a e320 Sportline that popped up for sale. I'm in Oregon and need to make sure the car is as good as it appears in the photos I've seen.

Unfortunately the sellers time line is short and he wants to have the car sold by Friday. If anyone can help out please let me know.


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Old 09-16-2015, 05:39 PM
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You might locate an independent Mercedes repair facility in Englewood and ask them to perform an inspection. Provide them a list of those areas you want inspected and ask them to give you a price. Pay them by credit card and ask for a written report emailed to you. I've done done this several times (as a matter of fact two times in Portland, OR) and have been very satisfied.
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Old 09-16-2015, 05:54 PM
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Don't let the seller push you into a decision, everyone wants to sell quickly.

Some sellers are genuine but, if he really " need it gone by Fri " offer 1/2 of asking. Do a search for words in the ad, some ads come up months old with the same " it goes by end of week regardless. " or " I have an offer of XX , I'll take best offer above until end of month "

A few key questions to ask. ( sort of in order that will weed out bad cars , sellers )

Get an address if possible then google map that address / run the phone # through Google. If the location is a car dealer ,the phone # turns up in many different ads and the seller is pitching this as a by owner sale, run away .

When calling about a car for sale, simply state " I'm calling about the vehicle you have for sale" then be suitably vague letting them state what the car is. A by owner will only have one car for sale and very rarely 2. If yo have already called, have someone else call with an initial inquiry and random questions.

Is your name on the title and want state is the title from? ( Curb side sellers will keep the title in the previous owners name to avoid taxes and detection as most states require a car dealers license. You don't want to hear " it is my uncles car ", if you do , say you want to talk to them. )

How long have you owned the car? ( The title will have a date of issue, make sure that matches what the seller claims. )

Has the car always been registered in XX state? ( salt belt cars can end up in dry places and the sellers claim "CA car" if it ends up there.

Tell me something about the history of this car. ( See if they are willing to spend some time with a serious buyer. If not, they are likely a dealer.A dealers delivery will be more polished that some guy that has a car he wants to sell. )

If the seller claims no rust, ask if there are any areas of paint bubbling up. ( Some think that no holes is no rust regardless of rust under paint. )

Find the nearest MB dealer and ask if they do prepurchase inspections ( most will ) then tell the seller you want the car taken in for a check at your own expense. ( when a PP is done, disregard normal wear , paint chips or minor interior issues, concentrate on big ticket items like body damage, engine and trans. )
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Old 09-16-2015, 06:03 PM
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Both good suggestions

I was hoping to find a local enthusiast that might have a look, but have a PPI done by a local shop is an excellent idea.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:37 AM
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Not enough time to make a deal with the seller. Here's the info if anyone in the area is interested THIS WEEK ONLY - Mercedes E320 Sportline Special Edition - $1999. $2k for a '95 Sportline is a heck of a deal if it is 1/2 as nice as it looks in the photos.

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