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Entry level Mercedes advice. PLEASE HELP

Other than for the obvious reasons like optional equipment, mileage, condition and private seller’s vs. dealers why do the prices for used C 300 Mercedes appear to be so widely divergent in Southern California? The cars come well equipped without the options; are the pricier models worth the extra $$? I am strongly considering a base 2009 with < 30K miles as a purchase now, the manufacturers financing is very attractive and effectively reduces ownership cost by $3,000 over 60 months. Is the warranty extension for CPO truly appealing?. Is buying from a MBZ dealer the way to go? The 2009 C 300 cars are reasonably priced, am I crazy to buy a MBZ rental car? I don't think so. I currently drive a recent model Jag and my wife a leased BMW that we are going to rid ourselves of this month. We have decided on buying a Benz again but want to remain below $30K. Thank you all for any advice
P.S I really want a 350 but just can't justify the $$ difference for my desire to have the superior performance- is there that big a difference?? and those glass roofs are sweet!!
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The CPO will warranty your car, as when a MB breaks down, it will take your wallet with it. Warranty is definately very appealing. I'd deal with an offical dealer just as I've had many personal glitches with some shady 2nd hand dealers.

Otherwise its a personal preference. I think options are really nice, but they do drive up the cost of the car and hence the resale value too.

I really enjoy my C class, so hope you do too.
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I bought my C230 at the end of 07 from a MB dealer, it was a loaner. I have since put 107k miles and the CPO saved me aprox. 3k in expense. The + side of the CPO is that the car it taken to 100k on the warranty vs less on the new one. At the time, the original warranty was only 60k. I got the car with 22k on it, so my warranty was well above what I could have received on the then 'new' 2008 300. The perks from the dealer are also great in getting a free loaner, etc. Hope this helps and good luck.

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I would highly recommend a CPO car from a dealer. My warranty paid off like a slot machine and was well worth the premium I paid for the car.

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The original warranty is 5 yrs, 50K miles and this transfers to you.

So, you have time to decide whether to purchase any more warranty--you may sell off the car before the original warranty expires, for example.

The CPO may prove a little less expensive than any other warranty you purchase (after all you'll be paying WAY in advance) but it's a fixed one-year term in any event (the 100K miles part of CPO is ridiculous).

For a car still under original warranty, it doesn't really matter much whether you buy from a dealer, but servicing the car there and establishing friendly relations with one comes highly recommended.

BTW, NO extended warranty covers as much as the original warranty, so get those "cosmetic" things fixed.

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I overlooked that the 2009 is still under the new car warranty so CPO might not even come into play. The earlier you extend what you have the less it will cost. Unless the rules have changed, MB will carry you for 7/100,000 if you choose to pay for an extended warranty.

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base model is just... hundai. smells like it, feels like it. i wouldnt touch base model benz. base model bmw, maybe as long as it comes with a gearstick!

you will be much happier with a loaded 2yo c class vs a new taxi trim one.

CPO cars extend the warranty over whatever factory one is remaining or they just initiate the CPO warranty from date of purchase, foregoing (basically skimming you) the factory one. a lot of creative ways to word it so be thorough

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