Date registered: Jan 2013
Vehicle: 90 350SDL, 98 S420, 97 SL500, 94 S420, past owner of W108/W112/W114/W123/W124/W126/W140 & W220 cars
Location: Tampa, FL
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(Long - sorry!)
You also have to understand that this forum is full of MB people who know these cars well, warts and all. You would most likely sell quicker here, but the price would be lower due to the nature of the forums and the wealth of knowledgeable buyers compared to an open market such as eBay or possibly Craigslist. Also, if you subtract things like seller's fees and the hassle of dealing with constant phone calls or lookers, you're probably going to be in the neighborhood of what the car would sell for here (with a lot less hassle.)
For example - has the evaporator been replaced? We all know that W124 models have had a long history of evaporator failures, which is a repair that could come close to equaling the car's value. You leave a lot of information out that could work for you or against you, but in either case, it's a question that's going to come up because of the knowledge that's present in this forum.
I am a long time Mac person, having been involved with Apple products long before it was fashionable. I have been a member of a long standing Mac forum, one area of which involves the purchase and sale of all things Apple.
People who sell there know they aren't going to get market prices for things because the members know the market well and understand the products and product cycle far better than the average consumer. However, they also trust each other due to their common interests and respect that buyer or sellers know the product as well and have realistic ideas of their value. I have bought and sold there many times with nothing more than an electronic "handshake" and a PP gift to the seller. Everything I have purchased has been fairly represented and the sellers are readily available if there are any questions or concerns.
I think much the same of this forum, so I would expect similar behaviors.
In our Mac marketplace, we have something called a "feeler". This is when the seller doesn't have a good idea of what to ask for a given item, and elicits input from the group as to how an item should be priced. There is no obligation, the item is not being sold, but the seller gets some really valuable feedback on what the market thinks of their item. More often than not, a "feeler" turns into a "For Sale" thread once the potential seller has an idea what the group considers a fair value.
It doesn't always turn out well - sometimes people have unrealistic ideas of value, but when that happens they'll usually drop the idea of selling or go to a public venue where they can get more for the item.
I would not try to sell a vehicle here if I wanted to get top dollar, unless it was something rare and unusual, like maybe a 220SE coupe or something of that sort. If I wanted top dollar I would got to an open market, such as eBay, and price the car accordingly.