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Advice for upholstery in Charlotte, NC?

I have friend who is semi-retired grandmom wanting to sell me her well-kept 1998 SL 500. Its above "fair" condition and closer to "good". The only thing it needs is re-upholstered leather driver seat (I might as well do both including the passenger), new hood insulation, and a new steering wheel (its fine but worn through almost down to bare metal.

Otherwise carpets are excellent, mechanically great, runs like a top AC blows cold and only a few minor dings in the otherwise gleaming paint. She's willing to take $9k which according to Kelly is below trade-in value and well below private sale value. Has 107k miles and all receipts.

My question is:
1. Any obvious glitches with this car I should look out for? (it already has had a new hydraulic system put in for conv. top)
2. Any suggestions on upholstery shops in S. Charlotte (near Monroe)?

Thanks to any advice/input you might have.
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Looking at NADA pricing, I'm not so sure granny is offering a great deal. They list clean trade value at $8,450. KBB lists private party sale of one in good condition at $9,135 and fair at $7,835. KBB notes that a good car will have "Clean title history, the paints, body, and interior have only minor (if any) blemishes, and there are no major mechanical problems." Needing upholstery work would not qualify as minor. The condition of the steering wheel makes me wonder how many miles are on the car.

NADA and KBB are simply numbers. Too many sellers overestimate the condition of their car, and thus overprice it. This is a very tough market for those selling cars, especially older luxury cars. Haggle. You should also consider doing the seats yourself.

New, factory grade, seat covers can be bought for around $1,000 a pair, not including arm and headrests. Two common sources are Adsit and GAHH, with the latter having a stronger reputation with many users here.
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