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Newbie questions about CLK 320 or CLK 430?

This is the first time I am buying a car this expensive (let alone buying one on eBay).
I am looking at CLKs and two of them really catch my attention on ebay.


I have done a fair amount of due diligence but still unsure about spending that much money over the internet.. I have a few concerns that I would appreciate if anyone can address -

The 430 looks very good to me (appearance, mileage, body) Is it worth it to go back an additional two years (2003 to 2001) and get the 2001 430 versus the 2003 320?

The mileage on the 430 is very low (50ks). Does it look too good to be true?

I have looked at both sellers' eBay ratings and they are good. But ratings for the 430 seller elsewhere on the internet are POOR. Based on looking at the listing and what's listed on there, would it be a wise choice for me to go with either one?

Should I get the car inspected before I pay for it?

I would appreciate if you can provide some input or feedback before I spend $15000 cash (which is a significant amount of money for me )
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JMHO, but unless you are already very familiar with these cars the very last thing you should be doing is shopping on ebay.

Absolutely, yes, you should get a PPI, but once you've won the auction, it won't much matter, it's a contract, not a maybe, and while you could back out, you'll be out a whole lot of time, money and frustration.

If you must use ebay, find cars that are close enough to go look at and drive them to an indy for a ppi. Still a waste of money, since it's still an auction you might lose, but at least your acting *ahead* of it rather than after.

You are far better off to spend at least six-8 hours reading through threads in the 208 forum and getting some pointed knowledge, and post a couple of meaningful questions, including "how much" you should spend. Then use the net, is a decent resource, and find good candidates. Don't be afraid to coordinate a long-distance PPI and then go get it if you work a deal. I flew to Denver to get my car (I took a friend who was more familiar with them and we did the PPI then, but I was prepared to fly back without a car) and at that time saved about 20-25% over the local market here. The drive back was fun.

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Welcome to the fourm. I looked at both cars and I have to say they both look pretty nice. For what its worth I bought both my Benz's off ebay but you have to be a smart buyer. The two you are looking at are both 2 owner cars and that is a plus. I think the prices are at the upper end of there retail value but not to far off. It is hard to beat the look of the 430 with the AMG bumpers, skirts and wheels. And the 430 engines perform really well if you enjoy a car with a lot of power. The 320 is a couple years newer than the 430 and will get slightly better mileage. But the maintance costs should be pretty much the same for both cars. I think for the most part it all comes down to just which one you like best. For me it would be the 430 but I have a thing for silver benz's. One other minor thing to consider is that the 430 has spent most of its life in the land of road salt but it may have been garage kept and not driven in it. Good luck on your search and post back to let us know how it turns out.

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