C55 Amg

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  1. cjab98

    cjab98 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-u...-BENZ&model=&min_pr=&max_pr=25000&max_mileage=

    Going very cheap because it's a "v car", what does that mean? I'll hazard a guess that the words barge pole would come into the explanation.

    Also howcome C55's seem to be holding their value compared to C32's that have recently been plummeting? There's a huge gap between the two, a late C32 is about £8,000 less than an early C55 on similar mileage. I want them to start depreciating a lot faster so I can afford one:D
     
  2. Inkyskin

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    V car is usually an insurance write off (If I recall correctly). Might just have been stolen recovered though.
     
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    It ought to say the category, but perhaps there's an asumption it's cat D - wonder what's happened to it if there's no body or mechanical damage? Poss flood??

    I've never understood the stolen/recovered bit - why would an otherwise decent car be written off?

    Copied this from a post on PistonHeads:

    Category A (Worst) : Example: a burned out shell, CANNOT be put back on the road.

    Category B : Example: Very bad accident damage, car CANNOT be put back on the road but parts can be re-used.

    Category C : Example : Severe accident damage, car CAN be out back on the road.

    Category D : Example : Theft Recovery/Flooding/minor/moderate accident damage, car CAN be put back on the road.


    The PH poster suggested the car should be at least a third cheaper, but to bear in mind it might be very difficult to sell on again as most people will run a mile.
     
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    I should imagine insuring it would be harder?

    Some cheap cars about at the mo, think I would go for a non recorded one :)
     
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    That one has had a CLK grill fitted to it.
     
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    I really like that, £14.5K??? Wow...
     
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    My C55 could be had for just £5k more than that and it's totally straight!
     
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    cjab98 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    A 5k difference means this car is 25% cheaper, and with the premium you add for a trader vs a private seller we are probably getting close to the 1/3rd less that Rory suggested.

    I'd never buy a car like this unless I know exactly what has caused it to be Cat C or Cat D. I'd avoind any Cat C, but a cat D can be just a bent pannel that the insurance company had repaired, with no structural damage underneath. The fact that it has a non standard grill as gurpz pointed out could suggest that it's had a front end impact of some kind.
     
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    Remember that with the 55 over the 32 , you get the sexy front end from the CLK , so as you can fit the V8 in ;)

    I'm not normally a fan of big stars added to cars that shouldn't have them , but that actually looks quite good ! :eek:
     
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    Not a chance with my hard earned.

    Insurance nightmare I should imagine. Would want to see pictures before / invoices for work done.

    I think selling it on would be very hard. Does look great yes but I would rather add the extra and have a straight one :)
     
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    v car doesnt really add much to your insurance, and most major companies will still insure it, had a few in the past, never had a problem insuring. would be interesting to know why it is on v-car, wouldnt touch it without knowing why!
     
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