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Date registered: Mar 2008
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HELP! About to pull the trigger on CPO
I just put down a deposit on my first car, a pre-owned 2007 ML 350 I saw online. It is a 2007 ML 350 with 18,184 miles on it w/ certification. We're going to test drive and possibly take the car home on Monday....since I know very little about cars, I would love any opinions...
-Carfax shows a clean report. The only unusual thing was the car was registered as a corporate fleet vehicle. The service report says the car came from another MB dealership where according to the service mechanic that I interrogated (from the original dealership), it was test driven 5 times for 66 miles and driven by someone who works for MB dealership the rest of those 18,184. He surmised they were highway miles as the managers drove on the HW to get from dealership to corporate offices... Question: is there any reason I would not want a MB corporate car?
-We negotiated a price that is 3,000 below the Kelly Blue Book with all options considered and it is going to be certified. Does that raise any warning flags or is that within a normal price band?
-There is a rear entertainment system on the car. But it was installed at the dealership and not customized from the factory (since it was a dealer car). Isn't it preferable not to have after market electric work done and does anyone know whether this might be a problem on the ML 350?
-The car was listed as not certified on MB website...but was listed as certified on Autotrader.com. He said we could not take it home until Monday which made me wonder if he was going to certify it this weekend seeing as that was the first question I asked him when I called him up. Is this normal?
-The two services outside of normal campaigns performed on the car were listed as AIR WATER BOX CLOGGED and something about CONTROL UNIT GASOLINE ENGINE....do these sound like serious repairs?
On the plus side, the car has all the options I want and the CPO warranty on this car would go until Feb 2012 since it was a dealer car and not considered sold until it was sold to this dealer so I have the original warranty + one year CPO warranty! Any help would be greatly appreciated...