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Which car to keep?

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I (we) need to decide which car to keep and which to sell:

My wife drives a 2004 E320 RWD that she got from her mom about 6 years ago. It has about 55k miles on it. I have done most of the work on it. It is in very good condition. The SBC has not been repaired or replaced but shows no signs of trouble. Online valuation shows this car to be worth between $8,500 - $11,000.

He mom died about a year ago & she inherited a 2009 E350 4matic with about 11k miles. This car also is virtually new except that it had been T-Boned on the right side and repaired to the tune of $16k. We took the car to a local independent shop for an oil change and to look to see if they could determine if the repair was done correctly (based on external viewing only). They did not find anything wrong with the car and it drives just fine. Online valuation of this car is between $18,000 - $24,000 (depending on how one discounts the damage & repair).

Which one would you keep & sell?
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Personally I would sell the 2009 and roll that money into another vehicle to drive if you need one. The E320 is a solid vehicle and should run for many more miles. Accidents can bring out problems later down the road.

I bought an ML a while ago. It was in an accident but it was never reported on Carfax. I could tell because of overspray. I didn't care and still don't. About 2 years in, the paint flaked off the bumper. The repair shop didn't sand the gel coat and prime. They just opened the bumper and sprayed. It was "fixed correctly" according to how you can paint a bumper - but it wasn't done right.
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