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New C-Sedan or Certified Pre-owned SLK300?

Hi, I'm a college student and I'm trying to get a car
because I can no longer live without a car in this little town.
The budget is $40K, and I planning to ride this at least for
7 years.
I was planning to get a new C-300 sedan, but SLK
always has been my dream car, and it looks like
I can get a certified pre-owned SLK-300 from 2009
with less than 10K mileage with the money.
I'm going to be driving more 7 years and buying
a new C class seems to be the answer, but
I really want to ride SLK, although its pre-owned.

Here's the question: New C-300 sedan or certified pre-ownded SLK-300 (2009, less than 10K mileage?)
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A certified pre-owned 2009 SLK with 10,000 miles basically IS a new car. Sounds great, if priced right depending on which version it is. Odds are once the wife and kids come along you will have to sell the 'impractical' two seater, so go for it now and don't look back. (Dang, wish I had that kinda car budget as a college student!)
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..........................(Dang, wish I had that kinda car budget as a college student!)
Dittos, That! I could hardly afford beer money back then! LOL
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lol although I'm a college student I'm older than you think.
I do not have much knowledge in automobiles - so
a certified pre-owned & less than 10K mileage, can be considered
a new car basically? I'm not thinking of getting married in 10 years,
then go for the SLK?
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My first advice would be, even for the C-class, would be to buy one off lease but with a factory extended warranty that you should be able to extend even further. This will save you the initial massive depreciation that you can put to wards buying your warranty and general maintenance. I realize some people only want a new car but since you're already considering a used SLK it seems logical. Yes, >10k miles is basically "delivery mileage" for these cars.

Which one to choose; do you often find yourself driving friends, relatives or visitors around? Do you carry large items for work or school that would necessitate a back seat or full size trunk? If so the C is the best choice for obvious reasons. If you are generally fine with just two seats then go for the fun ride, you will surely enjoy it being your dream car. BTW do you know the redesigned SLK is available now? Maybe you will prefer it.

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DirectLA speaks wisdom. Another consideration is that with a vehicle that new and limited knowledge, tools and work space--your maintenance is likely to be done at the dealership. Not a place i go often, so i'm only guessing that you'd want to budget $2,000 to $3,000 for maintaining. Again, just a guess on the number.

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Planisphere, don't ever buy a new car. Found out the hard way a couple times. Learn from the 'been there' crowd. Reasons?

1) As DirectLA said, massive depreciation on new cars.
2) Any factory defects usually appear early. Let someone else suffer through that.
3) Many items are replaced on certified pre-owned (CPO) cars. It's not just a 'checked that, looks ok' process.
3) You can visit this forum and other MB forums to see what others have to report about their cars. Brand new cars = no feedback.
4) The extended warranty on a used MB can be be better than a new car. Depends on how many miles you expect to put on, and how long you really intend to keep the car. You can even buy into an extended warranty. Expensive, but may be worth it. Talk to the MB dealer and get details (can even cancel the extended warranty at some point in the future and apply past $ to your car payments).

BTW, I have a C300 and it's a great car (CPO, of course). But this is apples and oranges. SLK convertible is far different from a sedan. Again I say get the SLK, otherwise you will kick yourself down the road for not jumping into the 'fun' factor. And I suspect the SLK will hold value better than the C class in case you need to back out.

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Where do you live? If you get a decent ammount of snow, I probably wouldn't get it unless you have another car to drive.

As stated before, buying CPO will cause less headaches in the end. Plus the SLK is really fun to drive
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I'm in the South, so I don't think I'll be facing alot of snow and, I am usually alone so two-seater is going to be fine.
So I guess either for C-sedan or SLK, Certified pre-owned is the better choice?
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SLK all the way then if u can check off this list which it looks like you can

1. no need to drive passangers often
2. no need for large trunk
3. no plans that would make it impractical in the near future

though i think the 2012 has stronger lines



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