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post #31 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-20-2013, 11:34 PM
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A good cleaning and detail will only cost you little time and elbow grease but it will make your car much more marketable. Taking some good photos is also free.

An eBay add doesn't cost very much, here is a fee when/if you sell the car. I would go that way just for the exposure to potential buyers.
I am sorry a good detail job won't sell this car any faster.....its a gorgeous car but the mechanical aspect of it is what will hinder the sale.....

This car will only appeal to the hobbyist of Mercedes or a person who is familiar with the mechanical aspect of them......it will not appeal to a person looking for a daily driver.....

If the car was fixed mechanically and everything in working order, a detail job and a good photo shoot would do wonders for it.....and would probably bring in double or triple the asking....

I do agree eBay is a good place for it or craigslist.....but detailing it wouldn't enhance the sellablity of this car....

I think it is very attractive at that price and if I had the funds.....it would be in my drive way...
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How many dirty cars you see for sale at any dealer or online? Exactly, almost none!

I don't know about you but I much rather buy a car that is in good cosmetic condition and need some mechanical repairs then the other way around. In most cases it cost a whole lot more to restore the interior or repaint a car then fixing the mechanics of it.

A clean, detailed car will show what is needed cosmetically. Ask any car dealer, they will tell you that you are incorrect.
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I think that the first impression, the appearance, goes a long way towards selling a car. You've been honest about the mechanical issues but a dirty, unkept look makes it appear that the problems are a result of lack of care and neglect. If you have the car detailed it at least shows that you have taken care of the aspects of the car that anyone can do in their own driveway. I personally would not buy a car that was dirty and unkept looking, I would be very suspicious of the mechanical care it had and how many more problems may be lurking due to poor upkeep.

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