Hi all, R170 230SLK selling advice appreciated.

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Sdm1970

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Hello there and thanks for having me 😋

I currently own a 1998 R170 230SLK, vivianite colour and black interior with 63k on the clock but have to sell it because our illustrious mayor in London has decided circa 10% of vehicles in Outer London are the major cause of global warming/cooling/polar ice caps melting (delete as appropriate.) 😬

The car has a few issues namely a small dent and minimal rust of the front right wing, scratch of the front left wing, reverse lights not coming on when reverse gear selected, the fuel display not showing if tank is full/empty and the alloys are tarnished..

Everything else works well, it's only done 63000 miles, the roof converts in good time and is showing no issues, the interior is in good condition though showing the obvious signs of wear, the seats are undamaged so overall a decent car.

My issue is that i have no idea what it's value would be? I've tried the usual webuymotorkazoo type sites but they either won't give a valuation because of its age or i've been quoted in the low hundreds. I've been to one of these car supermarket places and been offered £500 in part exchange but yesterday i went to a big electric car company who are offering a part exchange price of between £250 and £500 but also (and here's the painful bit) a £2000 scrappage deposit towards the new car!

I feel bad seeing her scrapped as I've had her since 2008 with only one previous owner so know it's a decent car but i need to weigh up whether it's worth keeping her to sell privately given the issues mentioned and having to endure the usual tyre kickers turning up as well as giving up work time (i'm self employed) only to have no shows or silly offers when i'm already looking at getting £2250 - £2500 for her towards another vehicle.

Could anyone advise me what it may be worth in the current market? I've looked at the car sales sites for a similar spec and i see everything from £900 to £17500.

Thanks again for any feedback, it's much appreciated and nice to be here - my work vehicle is also a Mercedes so i'll be hanging around a bit.

Steve.
 

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Looks like a great little project car for someone, just a few minor niggles to sort out. I hope it’ll appeal to someone on here. Ulez is such a joke. A wise old friend once said to me “if you want to know why something is being done just follow the money…”
 
Bad news, I'm afraid, this is what you're up against:

He won't sell it for that. He'll have to drop and haggle, so the dealer "might" see £3k for an immaculate car which he's had to prepare and give a warranty for.

So he won't have paid more than a thousand for it in pretty good condition.

Such great cars but you're up against a Labour Mayor who needs money to fund his vote winning projects and to subsidise those empty buses you see driving round the place late at night and mid-afternoon.

Not helped by a £325 a year Road Fund Licence.

So, I'm afraid it's a no-brainer to accept that offer of £2500 including scrapage to buy a newer SLK that's exempt from ULEZ, higher mpg and has a cheaper RFL

"But someone out of town will want it !" I hear you cry. (As I would) But the problem is that there are too many others out to choose from, and Vivanite isn't the world's most popular colour.


Details and more cars here:
New & Used Cars for Sale - Auto Trader UK

You might also find the Historics website worth a look - to value yours and to consider a ULEZ compatible replacement.
Here's the link: Search






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Looks like a great little project car for someone, just a few minor niggles to sort out. I hope it’ll appeal to someone on here. Ulez is such a joke. A wise old friend once said to me “if you want to know why something is being done just follow the money…”
Always about the money, I fully expect road pricing to follow with tiered pricing dependant on diesel, petrol or electric but I'll save my conspiratorial ramblings for another time. 😁
 
Bad news, I'm afraid, this is what you're up against:

He won't sell it for that. He'll have to drop and haggle, so the dealer "might" see £3k for an immaculate car which he's had to prepare and give a warranty for.

So he won't have paid more than a thousand for it in pretty good condition.

Such great cars but you're up against a Labour Mayor who needs money to fund his vote winning projects and to subsidise those empty buses you see driving round the place late at night and mid-afternoon.

Not helped by a £325 a year Road Fund Licence.

So, I'm afraid it's a no-brainer to accept that offer of £2500 including scrapage to buy a newer SLK that's exempt from ULEZ, higher mpg and has a cheaper RFL

"But someone out of town will want it !" I hear you cry. (As I would) But the problem is that there are too many others out to choose from, and Vivanite isn't the world's most popular colour.


Details and more cars here:
New & Used Cars for Sale - Auto Trader UK

You might also find the Historics website worth a look - to value yours and to consider a ULEZ compatible replacement.
Here's the link: Search






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Cheers for the reply and pretty much reinforcing my thoughts on it all.

I did consider spending the money to get it A1 but know I won't see a return of that expenditure or at the very best maybe just about break even.

I've received an email from the company offering me £2250 for the car which I think I'll take. It'll be sad to see her go to scrap but I guess someone could buy it as a donor vehicle anyhow and do the same.
 
Negotiate. Ask for £2400. You never know, they might agree. No harm in asking the question.

They're going to make more money from it than you could. It'll go for parts, which will be worth more than that £400. (Complicated business and hard for you to access as a private individual, which is why I didn't mention it)

Even at £2250, that's a useful contribution towards a very nice ULEZ R170, or an R171.
 
......our illustrious mayor in London has decided circa 10% of vehicles in Outer London are the major cause of global warming/cooling/polar ice caps melting (delete as appropriate.) 😬
None of those things actually!!!.....all just down to air quality in London.......if it was about any of those other things, an 18mpg 212 E63 M156 would not be ULEZ friendly......but it is!!
 
None of those things actually!!!.....all just down to air quality in London.......
If it was about air quality in London, including tyre particulates, they’d just ban vehicles all the time or during pollution peaks.

It’s all about greenwashing new tax revenues
 
True....the point I was making is that no-one is claiming it has anything to do with climate change, melting ice caps etc.
 
A wise old friend once said to me “if you want to know why something is being done just follow the money…”
Never heard that before, but god how true. Your friend is indeed wise. 🙂👍
 
OP, you can stay with an SLK - would you believe my 2008 R171 SLK280 (early facelift model) is ULEZ compliant!!! My 2008 S204 C220 is not. Thankfully we have avoided LEZ and ULEZ, only once had to check which car to take when had to take wife to a hospital on the outskirts of Sidcup, other than tah we do not go inside the M25!!
 
OP, you can stay with an SLK - would you believe my 2008 R171 SLK280 (early facelift model) is ULEZ compliant!!! My 2008 S204 C220 is not. Thankfully we have avoided LEZ and ULEZ, only once had to check which car to take when had to take wife to a hospital on the outskirts of Sidcup, other than tah we do not go inside the M25!!
Nah, £2200 gets you a excellent ULEZ compliant 2002 SLK 230

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Negotiate. Ask for £2400. You never know, they might agree. No harm in asking the question.

They're going to make more money from it than you could. It'll go for parts, which will be worth more than that £400. (Complicated business and hard for you to access as a private individual, which is why I didn't mention it)

Even at £2250, that's a useful contribution towards a very nice ULEZ R170, or an R171.

None of those things actually!!!.....all just down to air quality in London.......if it was about any of those other things, an 18mpg 212 E63 M156 would not be ULEZ friendly......but it is!!
Apologies, my comments were tongue in cheek, I know it's not actually about polar bears and more to do with the mayor's claims regards air pollution which again I find nonsensical when the same authority continues to licence great numbers of private hire vehicles every week adding to an already congested city, block roads or reduce road space and build cycle lanes in daft places like park lane 🤦🏻‍♂️

Last year TfL earned £400 million from ULEZ but it's not about the money 🤣🤣

I digress.

I appreciate the replies, I've taken the trade in/scrappage and ordered a new electric vehicle which I pick up in two weeks so hopefully that'll last me a few years.

I don't know if mods close threads on this forum but if they do then I'd say it's done 😁👍🏼
 
Which electric domestics appliance have you ordered out of interest?.....I refuse to call the soulless transport boxes, cars!!! :)
 
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Last year TfL earned £400 million from ULEZ but it's not about the money 🤣🤣
Exactly, ULEZ expansion is expecting to take £800 million in its first year of operation, according to TfL

£400 million was the revenue before ULEZ expansion.

Details from TfL here: FOI request detail

Enjoy your new car.
 
We went for a tesla model Y in the end as they were offering a decent trade in value on the car.
Ooh, fan-cy !! I thought these are still on more than a three month lead-time? And that lead-time continues to slide as delivery gets closer?

A £42k Tesla Y is a big upgrade from a £2k R170 !

Wonder if this will make Sadiq happy or sad?

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Ooh, fan-cy !! I thought these are still on more than a three month lead-time? And that lead-time continues to slide as delivery gets closer?

A £42k Tesla Y is a big upgrade from a £2k R170 !

Wonder if this will make Sadiq happy or sad?

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