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Looking for W108 Dome Light

Anybody out there know where I could find a front dome light for my '72 280SEL? Have not found any online and no wrecks in local salvage yards. It is the rocker style so it comes on with the door or you can turn it on. Old one is in a dozen pieces.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-20-2011, 06:40 PM
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they pop up on ebay very often so keep checking, thats where i got mine
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I got mine from eBay as well. You might try the dealership, but be repared to spend a ton of $$ for it.
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I usually have them on ebay for $59 or $49 or something like that but I'm out right now. Picked up a nice rear dome light today....

Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...
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I started using European EBay about 6 months ago. You have got to check it out. Google European EBay then select Germany. It’s in English and the prices are for the most part great. In most cases the prices are in Euros and dollars there are several dome lights now at reasonable cost. I found body molding for my 108 and a clock.
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The "European Ebay" is a new front end to ebay.uk and ebay.de and ebay.co.uk. It isn't setup well to deal with "Ebay Motors" and although the listings appear in a brower window with English text, none of the actual item information, subject, shipping instructions are translated. You are just as well off going to Auto, Motorrad, Kfz Ersatzteile & Zubehr - eBay Motors and figuring it out for yourself.

The problem(s) with ebay-Germany primarily have to do with payment and shipping.

Until recently, Paypal was not really used much within Germany because their own FREE back transfer system that has been in place for years is superior. While we have to pay a bunch of money to buy something, they just do a "Ãœberweisung" which is an account-to-account transfer. Now that ebay is getting tough on requiring the acceptance of Paypal, you see paypal offered as a payment method on more of the items for sale.

Shipping from Germany is usually not offered to the US, but sometimes contacting the seller and asking will result in them offering to ship to the US.

German sellers of Mercedes parts often make it easier by advertising on USA Ebay, in English.

Looks easier than before to buy on German ebay, but only because paypal is more common than it was 2 years ago...

As for finding good prices on items, new parts are possibly cheaper there, good used parts are probably cheaper in the states since we have more parts cars that haven't rusted. Germans come to our junkyards and bring back shipping containers of doors, transmissions, etc.

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European EBay for W108 parts

Sorry to hear you have had such a negative experience with European EBay / Germany, I have purchased a front dome light for 58 euro, a section of door trim 65 euro, A genuine front license plate for 30 euro, and all four side marker lenses for 90 euro. Except for the side lenses those items had been unavailable stateside for the last 2 years I had been looking. I did find a piece of trim but the greedy vender wanted $165.
As far as translation. Use any electronic German translator for free on the web and cut and paste the venders description into it. Then do the reverse to send a message. I just checked again and the majority of German vendors do offer shipping to the states in my case it was free on the lenses.
I never had a problem with German EBay accepting PayPal. Use the PayPal option then opt to use Visa. I lived in Germany for eight years, believe me They have no problems using Visa, Good luck!
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I have not had a negative experience using German ebay. Rather I have found it difficult to find vendors who accept paypal. This is less of a concern now since more of the vendors are accepting paypal. If they accept paypal, it doesn't matter about credit cards - whatever paypal funding option you use is OK. Translation generally is not a problem either - enough of the EU speaks English that between my English, my German, and Bablefish I have not had signficant communication problems.

Prices - some ebay.de prices are fantastic and some are much higher than in the states. Again, it depends on the part. For NOS parts, I would expect them to be more available and therefore cheaper in Germany. For parts no longer available (used parts), if it is anything subject to weather concerns I would expect it to be cheaper in the US.

I'm glad that ebay.de is becoming more international-friendly. And I don't fault ebay.de for their past reliance on the traditional German bank transfer method of payment/receipt of funds - it is far superior to the monopoly Paypal that the US is stuck with for most transactions of this type.

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