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buying a used 560 sl

Hello everyone this is my first post. I have been in negotiations with someone for a 1989 560 sl with 90,000 miles somewhere around boston. I have seen pictures and the condition appears to be very good. He also claims that it is in good working order but as I live in Montreal I was wondering if anybody had a suggestion on how to have a mechanic look at the car before I got down there. I am scheduled to meet him and the car next saturday September 11th. If you have any ideas that would be great.

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For buying long distance not much can beat Mercedes.
I bought several of them as far as 3000 miles from home and never been disappointed.
Owners generally take good care about them and even if the last owner gives up on the maintenance -the cars can take it.
That said there is always a chance of dishonest seller, so it is worth good checking before spending money on travel. I learned how to see small things on the pictures that others don't even notice. When you see something suspicious, ask seller a question or close up picture. The biggest issue is always engine and transmission. Ask the seller to do 0-60 acceleration test and compare the time to factory data. That can tell a lot about engine performance.
Than you can send the seller about $150 to take the car to a dealer for inspection.
Good luck.
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