I hope this is the place I can ask these types of questions. Not having had time to surf too many of the posts, I'm assuming it's ok.
I'm thinking of getting a Mercedes ( my first ). Either the C230 or C280. Not having test driven either yet, I'm nt sure, but judging from what I read so far, the 230 would be more my speed because I like sporty handling.
Anyway, I've always held Mercedes in the highest regard and considered them unattainable, so never thought too hard about getting one. But now I am getting butterflys in my stomach thinking about one.
It seems that to get a brand new one is a little out of my price range. I don't even know if the dealers discount much, but for a decently equipped new 230, it looks like around $36k. So I'm thinking of used.
I want no earlier than 2005 because I believe that's when they upgraded the car last with some nice touches.
So I guess the question is, is there anything I should especially look for when buying a 1 or 2 year old 230 ? Are they basically bullet proof so I don't need to worry about getting a car with 20-30k miles on it even ?
CarMax is listing an 06 with 16k miles for $31k with leather and sunroof. So it seems, from looking at kbb that the car sold for around $35k, carmax gave about $21k in trade, and now want to make $10k profit. Wheeew.
Can I do better than that or is that the going rate ? And is it a good type car to buy used like I'm thinking ?
I know these may be stupid questions to some, but I bet I learn a good big from any answers and discussions this might provoke.
Thanks in advance