Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - dodo
Took my sister's beloved AMG C43 into the dealers today to buy a new one (now C32). Car is 1999, total spec inc electric heated seats leather cd etc. It has 30,000 miles and MB history. Expected around £17-18500 for it (it was £45000 in 1999). Best trade in price ... £13000 against a new Lexus worst ... £9750 against a new MB C32!! So much for brand loyalty. Tempted to write to MB UK to ask what they are playing at. Not even my old Hyundai Lantra depreciated like that!!
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - FergusTheDog
yes, SWMBO did £10k in 2 years on a C-class, car was a pile of junk so we lost both ways.
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - DavidHM
Parkers reckons on a trade price of £17480. There's not much in AutoTrader for less than that either.

I can't see it making much less than £15k at auction, and under £10,000 is an absolute joke.

But having seen a friend pay virtually new list for a 2 year old Corsa, I'll believe anything's possible and you can't blame car dealers for trying it on - as long as they negotiate upwards when you don't fall for it.

Rather than trade it in, I'd auction it if she can't stomach a private sale. Alternatively, try one of the specialist dealers that advertise in places like Autocar and the weekend motoring papers and see what they'd be prepared to give you. (To be honest, I wouldn't have the stomach for a private sale on a specialist car like this, unless there's a thriving owners' club - people just aren't willing to commit that kind of money to a 4 year old car without lots and lots of consumer protection laws!)
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - Aprilia
A lot obviously depends on mileage and condition. There are a lot of C-class around so I guess there is over-supply at the moment and only the very best find customers. There is place not far from me that has a lot of S,T,V high-mileage C-class and they don't seem to easily find buyers.
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - volvoman
Good God, I hope she's not really going to buy another ! Once bitten, twice shy and all that.
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - Vansboy
Lexus are real keen to deal just now, they were chasing me to have a 24 hour test drive of a is200 today.Didn't know I'd shown an interest in one!
So it's interesting, but perhaps not surprising, to see such a big over valuation,than Merc dealer.
Depending on finances & if you've another car to use in the meantime, could the dealer you eventually choose for the new car, try to pre-sell the old one,before your finaly commiting to purchase?Would they display & advertise it for no/minimal cost?
Of course insurance & commonsense precations, prevailing!!
VB
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - Dave_TD
Which Lexus dealer was that? My old man's still umming and ahhing about changing his car, he lives the other side of the lagoon to your yard.
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - Vansboy
They called from their direct marketing operation, I think.
Contact number is 0845 278888.
VB
PS You might notice our yard rapidly reduce in size, soon we've sold most of it for housing.
Now what to do with all that £££££!
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - looking4car
My MB depreciation was ok

Bought a new SLK 200 for 25,000 March 2001, with a 4,000 trade in for a car worth 3,000.

Sold it back to same dealer Feb 2003, 10,000 on clock for 19,000 cash. Tried selling privately but got no interest.

5,000 for 2 years of a quality motor, about the same as a car half the price.

Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - clariman
My MB depreciation was ok
Bought a new SLK 200 for 25,000 March 2001, with a
4,000 trade in for a car worth 3,000.
Sold it back to same dealer Feb 2003, 10,000 on clock
for 19,000 cash. Tried selling privately but got no interest.
5,000 for 2 years of a quality motor, about the same
as a car half the price.


That looks good to me. I lost £7k on a £10k car (was £17k new, bought at 3 years old) in just over 2 years and 20,000 miles.

I may buy a better marque like a MB in the future but could only run to a nearly new base C class I think. Couldn't buy a BMW because of their reputation. Or rather the characteristics of their owners.

How big is a C class anyway? Is it old Avensis or Mondeo size or bigger?
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - Altea Ego
NOte the magic words here "AMG" - friend of mine in the trade says they are not easly to sell second user.
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - peterb
Has she thought about keeping it?
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - Obsolete
Colleague has just bought W reg Merc C class for £9K via private sale one careful owner, FSH. Nice nick.

Quite a bit over £20K new. Seems a good deal.
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - Altea Ego
probably why i never bought a car from my friend then, he obvioulsy knows nowt!
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - eMBe {P}
dodo - so the depreciation, plus insurance + road tax + petrol + service costs = or > approx £1000 per month = £30 average each and every day of the year.

Expensive way to travel!
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - eMBe {P}
Or put another way, £30,000 depreciation for 30,000 ( = 10,000 miles a year). So depreciation on its own
= £1 per mile
= £10,000 a year
Mercedes depreciation-WOW! - dodo
Yes and its costing a lot to let loose the dogs of war too...Will probably trade for new Lexus. Thanks for your help

 

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