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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
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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.

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The region code 2 must refer to the DVD region code, Europe, Japan and South-Africa among others. Check other details as suggested above.
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