Buying a used import in the UK - discount? - Mercedes-Benz Forum

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-16-2008, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Newbie
Date registered: Jan 2008
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Buying a used import in the UK - discount?

Hi guys, new to the forums, but having just come up with the means to purchase the SLK I have wanted for years, hoping to spend some more time here soon!

I have managed to find a car that meets the spec I am after almost perfectly with one problem: it was originally bought in Germany but brought over to the UK for 1st registration. It has been registered here for 3 years and serviced at a mercedes dealership the whole time. I am buying it as a "used approved" from the dealership that has done the servicing.

The VeDoc printed out by the dealer indicates that it is "U92 - Regional Code 2 - Europe, Japan". Notwithstanding that, it is right hand drive, has head lamps for left side driving and came with a certificate of conformity.

I am having quite a bit of difficulty in understanding the whole parallel import thing and was hoping you guys might be able to shed a little light.

(1) Is the above VeDoc information meaningful to anyone reading these boards? In particular the regional code thing?

(2) How can I tell if this specification matches the UK specification car?

(3) Are you able to determine where this car was originally intended to be used - (I am confused because I thought all of continental Europe and Japan was LHD).

(4) Is it true that a lot of people did these parallel imports in late 04, early 05 because there was a long waiting list for SLK's in the UK?

(5) What kind of discount do you think is reasonable to pay for a parallel import?

I really appreciate any info anyone might be able to give.

Many thanks
Lazo123 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-16-2008, 01:05 PM
BenzWorld Member
JCFair's Avatar
Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: '00 E430 Sport, '01 SLK320
Location: S.E. Minnesota
Posts: 89
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Hi Lazo,

Just a guess, but it sounds like a factory delivery to me. Someone in the UK ordered the car through their MB Dealer and picked it up at the factory. Took it for a little vacation, putting some miles on it then imported it to the UK as a used car. I would think the dealer should be able to confirm this.

Have you run the vin through the Russian MB clubs decoding service? It may be too new for them. If not I would guess the "dealer" should show UK.

I would think you should have to pay more because someone took the time to go to Germany to pick it up. I would like to think that any factory delivered car gets special attention coming down the assembly line.

Regards, John

W210 - Black and Black '00 E430 Sport
R170 - Cream and Salsa '01 SLK320

Last edited by JCFair; 01-16-2008 at 01:20 PM.
JCFair is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-16-2008, 10:06 PM
BenzWorld Elite
Diesel Benz's Avatar
Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 222.132 & 221.122 & 213.050 & 906.633
Location: Europe
Posts: 10,352
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
The region code 2 must refer to the DVD region code, Europe, Japan and South-Africa among others. Check other details as suggested above.
Diesel Benz is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > General Mercedes-Benz

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
fyi: discount tire offering $200 discount ProV1x W210 E-Class 14 01-09-2010 02:14 PM discount? flightSLK R170 SLK-Class 2 11-26-2007 03:25 PM
Who wants import G to US marc72 G-Class 2 11-13-2007 01:04 PM
Has Anyone Gotten A Discount For the New ML? enigmagurl W164 M-Class 5 05-20-2005 02:53 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Title goes here

video goes here
description goes here. Read Full Story
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome