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01-03-2019 02:04 PM
amtehrani FYI - there was a Silver Arrow that sold on BAT for roughly $27k I believe. But it was a lower mileage example.
01-03-2019 11:41 AM
jazzc01 You should post some pics here you never know there may be a buyer around! Good luck again.
01-03-2019 10:44 AM
Sc00p
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Originally Posted by Benica View Post
But the downfall....Florida, Southern California, Arizona...many R129's available at given time. And then...customers wanting to buy say...well, why buy yours for X amount when I have 4 others I have seen that have low miles and are just has good of condition as yours for 5K less...
You got to put yourself in the buyers seat and be ready to have answers..
Rock<<<<Me>>>>Hard place

You make good points. A factor helping the likely sale in the US is the exchange rate b/w CDN$ and US$. Provided a buyer doesn't mind the idea of re-importing back into the US, I would have to have answers as you suggest and be flexible enough to make the sale.

Sometimes I wonder why I ever bought this car. Then a beautiful summer day comes along and it all comes rushing back!
01-02-2019 01:29 PM
Benica But the downfall....Florida, Southern California, Arizona...many R129's available at given time. And then...customers wanting to buy say...well, why buy yours for X amount when I have 4 others I have seen that have low miles and are just has good of condition as yours for 5K less...
You got to put yourself in the buyers seat and be ready to have answers..
01-02-2019 12:59 PM
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I bought my '92 500SL from the MB dealer in Waterloo, ON in December 2004 and knowingly paid about $5k too much for it due to the condition of the car [only 48k km], lack of comparable cars on the market and the fact he was willing to store it at no charge until the weather got better, they can be sold in the winter

Sold it 6 years later when we were living in Waterdown to a buyer from Burlington by placing free ads in AutoTrader and Kijiji- got what I wanted as, again, there weren't too many on the market and mine was in excellent shape. I cancelled and re-posted the ads about once a week, took 3 weeks to sell but I was in no hurry
Thanks - I might have to go that route. My other option is to drive it to Florida for the month of April and try to sell it there. I do believe this is more of a Florida car than a Southern Ontario car...
12-31-2018 08:37 AM
sualk54 I bought my '92 500SL from the MB dealer in Waterloo, ON in December 2004 and knowingly paid about $5k too much for it due to the condition of the car [only 48k km], lack of comparable cars on the market and the fact he was willing to store it at no charge until the weather got better, they can be sold in the winter

Sold it 6 years later when we were living in Waterdown to a buyer from Burlington by placing free ads in AutoTrader and Kijiji- got what I wanted as, again, there weren't too many on the market and mine was in excellent shape. I cancelled and re-posted the ads about once a week, took 3 weeks to sell but I was in no hurry
12-31-2018 08:24 AM
Sc00p I think you're right - my timing is probably not the best, certainly for 75% of the country (and definitely not Canada). The car is serviced by the local dealer (including the hydraulics), I have all the keys (including valet). The tires are Continental Extreme Contact DWS. In a nutshell, the car is very well looked after. I guess I just need to find the right buyer.

Has anyone here had experience importing a car into the US? This one should be simple, I would think, as it was in the US from new in 2002 until 2007 so any duty would already be paid, and there wouldn't be any work needed to get titled there. I am familiar with the process of importing to Canada but not the other way around.

Thanks again for all the thoughts and help.
12-30-2018 11:34 AM
jazzc01 Also, remember that winter is generally not the best time to sell these cars. To add my 2 cents: its all about the cars condition, any work that has been done/needs doing and also if the owner is cheap. i.e. if the owner replaces parts with lower quality rather than "expected" better quality for these cars. EX: Avoiding Michelin tires (or similar high end ones), using pattern rather than MB/MB approved/OEM/ parts. How does the car drive etc.? There are so many types of buyers/sellers that you either need to be patient for the price you want or just sell at a lower value. If you look at BAT and also say eBay you will see a wide range of prices for these Silver Arrows. So just set a price and see how much interest it evokes. You never know there may be someone near you in CA who wants to jump into this R129 game. Good luck, and HNY.
12-30-2018 11:02 AM
Sc00p Thanks guys. I think the key here is the car is worth what someone is prepared to pay for it and where it’s located. Canadians probably not the best market, though I shouldn’t discount them completely. I’m just outside of Toronto but someone in the US would have to import back to the US. I’ll take a look at bring a trailer. Thanks.
12-30-2018 03:37 AM
Benica Not what you probably want to hear...but a car is only worth what it sells for. Sellers want the most money and buyers want to pay the least. Being a SA is not a big issue for many buyers; it's the R129.
Plenty of low mileage R129's on the market. Another point is...keys.
Maintenance records. Condition.
Market. You might get 10/12K...maybe more...we've all seen lower mileage R129's sell for 6/7/8K...
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