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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-07-2010, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by genthree View Post
thanks Millpond, is this a government department or a private enterprise business ?
we have a gov. set up which will tell you - on production of a VIN number and rego. - whether the car is either encumbered or a write off. if you buy a car here privately and it is encumbered the finance co. can legally re - possess it. nasty.
I'ts a private enterprize that advertises heavily on American television. The governments here (at least in Oregon, and I assume in other states as well) also tell you if the car is encumbered or a write-off on the title to the vehicle. Carfax gives other information as well such as mileage and dates that warranty work was done on it.
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Originally Posted by Oinick View Post
The mileage error has been resolved. It was an erroneous listing by a dealer and Mercedes is working with the dealer to resolve the Carfax.

We have decided to go ahead with the purchase only if the smell can be removed.

It is an excellent deal and a safe car. I hope we can work it out.
You seemed to have missed my post or are in complete denial about the car already. Whether or not its a safe car or a pretty car doesn't matter...... if you can't drive it while its at the shop everyday.
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Hi. I haven't bought a used car before but am intrigued by this deal.

I'm looking at buying a very low mileage 2005 SL500 (31K miles) for my 16 year old daughter. It is a two owner car and it's in great shape. However, the Carfax says that in 4/2008 it had 17000 miles on it; then in 6/2008 it had 55555 miles on it. No other mileages are reported in the history. Now the odomoeter reads 31K miles, which would be consistent with an error in the 55555 reported from the original dealer. To go from 17000 miles in 4/2008 to 55555 miles in 6/08 seems very unlikely, and if you discount the 55555 and look at miles from 4/08 to now (7/10) the odometer looks reasonable.

Does anyone know how to resolve this?

Also the car has been smoked in. Does anyone know how to get smoke smells out a car? There is no evidence of a tobacco burns in the dash, ashtray, upholstery or carpet.

Correct me if I'm wrong.
I think such car got 2 memory locations for storing odometer reading.
2 owners in 5 years. The first ownership could be a lease, car was returned then sold to 2nd owner. "Someone" might have tried to roll back odometer at one memory location but did not know or forgot about the second memory location. If you buy it, you're the 3rd.
SL is an expensive car but 55K miles/5 years appears more reasonable than 31K miles/5 years. The smell of smoke tells you the previous owner didn't care about keeping the car "clean".
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