Planning on selling my 2005 C220 CDI Elegance with 24k miles on the clock

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How much do you think it's worth roughly?

It's got white leather seats, full Mercedes Benz service history, MOT, CD player, radio, 55 plate (late 2005), hardly used...

What kind of money should I be looking for?
 

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How much do you think it's worth roughly?

It's got white leather seats, full Mercedes Benz service history, MOT, CD player, radio, 55 plate (late 2005), hardly used...

What kind of money should I be looking for?

Just seen your ad (DX55?) and it looks a stunner, price looks to be fair for the motor your selling, problem as always is being in the right place at the right time. Good luck with it.
 
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Cheers mate! I wont take any less for it then! :)
 

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Has it really got *white* leather?
 

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Daft question perhaps, but why do you want to sell it if your moving abroad?

If your going to Europe, it would be cheaper just to de-register it in the UK and re-register in your new home. Driving LHD/RHD in RHD/LHD countries is no big deal, you'll only need the lights converting and would be far cheaper than the losses incurred by selling and buying, especially as the UK is so cheap for cars at the moment.
 

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Daft question perhaps, but why do you want to sell it if your moving abroad?

If your going to Europe, it would be cheaper just to de-register it in the UK and re-register in your new home. Driving LHD/RHD in RHD/LHD countries is no big deal, you'll only need the lights converting and would be far cheaper than the losses incurred by selling and buying, especially as the UK is so cheap for cars at the moment.

Quite agree. Keep the UK lights and switch back on your return. You can then sell the Euro (LHD) lights when you have finished with them, and that may be your only cost.

RHD can be an advantage, especially when turning right when some traffic in nearside lanes (bicycles, scooters) may have right of way - RHD gives a better view.
 

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You'll also be astonished by how much more expensive the same car would cost elsewhere in Europe - typically it'll be about twice the price.

People come from Europe to buy used cars in the UK despite RHD as they're so much cheaper here.
 
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Well I want a left hand drive car because I might forget I'm on the wrong side of the road, loool. If I'm upset or got something on my mind, I might forget I'm not in England :lol:

I was planning on buying one from Germany. Are they not super cheap over there?
 

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Well I want a left hand drive car because I might forget I'm on the wrong side of the road, loool. If I'm upset or got something on my mind, I might forget I'm not in England :lol:

I was planning on buying one from Germany. Are they not super cheap over there?

I find driving on the right much more intuitive, so the odds of me driving on the left anywhere beyond Dover are nil. My risk is when I come back to the UK and want to continue driving on the right!

Worth doing some reconnaissance on used prices in Germany. As for Rory, I have never thought that used cars in Europe were a snip. The interweb should provide all the evidence you need, but if you are in Germany between now and departure, a bit of legwork will soon give you a feel for the situation.

Exciting, isn't it?
 

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I was planning on buying one from Germany. Are they not super cheap over there?

er..no. Taxes and VAT are higher and the strength of the € makes prices look high. If you're thinking of buying new you can see the MB Germany price list on their website.

I've never seen a proper explanation of why used prices are so low in the UK, but I think our registration system ages cars very fast - 2 plate changes a year means a 3year old car seems twice as old.

Even in the US, where new cars are very cheap, they're still about the same price at 3yrs old as our's are.
 

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AutoScout.de is a good starting place to look. A quick search on a car similar to yours:-

http://www.autoscout24.de/List.aspx...e=N,U&um=True&sort=price&dealcust=True&zipc=D

Starting from €16.000,- which equates to ~£13.800,-

When the pound was strong, ie. back in 2002, buying from Germany was a no-brainer, 30% discount++ for the same car bought in Germany as opposed to buying it in the UK, but the tide has been reversed at the moment.

All depends on how long your going to be out there and the value of the pound when you get back (when you get back, you might find the UK trades in Euro's - Mandelson etc pushing it from within).

If your after a new Merc and earning Euro's, then ordering it in the UK would get you a nice discount (due to currency difference) and you could trade your old one in against it, minimising losses.
 

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Starting from €16.000,- which equates to ~£13.800,-

They're not as expensive as I expected.

What does "Mwst. ausweisbar" mean? Google tels me it's to do with VAT being recoverable, but do you know if it's included in the stated price?
 

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They're not as expensive as I expected.

What does "Mwst. ausweisbar" mean? Google tels me it's to do with VAT being recoverable, but do you know if it's included in the stated price?
Mwst-Mehrwertsteuer-more value tax, from what I know (only bought new in Germany) is that its the same as the UK, if your VAT registered, when you sell on the car, you must charge VAT as you didnt pay it when you bought the vehicle (or claimed it back). New cars have VAT added if your an end user, but if Germany is not your home and the car is going to be first registered in the UK, then you pay VAT to HM at 15% and claim back the 19% from Germany.

One crucial thing to remember about cars in Germany though is the general specification is lower than the UK. Every thing is an option and if you go into a dealer and choose a C220 Elegance RHD, they make it up to UK spec and the price rockets. You need the options list to make a good comparison, and the German dealer options list is longer than the UK dealer options list.

Just to add "Mwst ausweisbar" means the price includes VAT and an invoice will state the VAT seperately (for re-claim) where applicable.
 
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