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EeeejjjjEeeejjjj Member Posts: 2
edited March 2019 in Mercedes-Benz
not into cars + have little to no knowledge about them at all. Found a 2006 benz c230 sport for good price BUT with 80k miles on it. Is this a good deal or will the high mileage mess me up in the future? Am looking to keep this car for a couple years. Please help. Thank you very much!!

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    PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Member Posts: 9,372
    edited March 2019
    A complicated question. You didn't mention the price, so it's difficult to make any kind of judgement on whether it's a good deal or not.

    With regard to whether high mileage will cause future issues, that's going to depend somewhat on the history of the car, how it was driven and maintained. Assuming steady use, the car was only driven 6-7,000 miles per year which is fairly light, but it's also 13 years old and maintenance issues do start to crop up on older cars. For example, with only 80K on it, depending on the way the owner maintained it, it might be on the original brakes and you might have to have brake work done right away.

    You can use the Edmunds Appraisal Tool to get an idea of what a good value for the car would be for your area. As you'll see when you use that, a "good price" is also going to depend on if you're buying from a private party or on a dealer lot.

    I ran the vehicle through for my area. I picked black as the color, but didn't add any optional equipment since you didn't say what's on the car. I assumed Clean for the condition, but without actually looking at it, there's no way to determine that. All these factors will affect the price up or down. So run it through with all you know about the car for your zip code. Here's an example of the kind of info you will get:



    As you can see, there will be a significant difference in what you should expect to pay private seller vs dealer. Mileage will be a plus factor (80K on a 13 year old car isn't high) color will affect it, where you are will affect it, etc.


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    kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 238,870
    80K is low mileage for a car that is 13 years old.

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    EeeejjjjEeeejjjj Member Posts: 2
    PF_Flyer said:
    A complicated question. You didn't mention the price, so it's difficult to make any kind of judgement on whether it's a good deal or not. With regard to whether high mileage will cause future issues, that's going to depend somewhat on the history of the car, how it was driven and maintained. Assuming steady use, the car was only driven 6-7,000 miles per year which is fairly light, but it's also 13 years old and maintenance issues do start to crop up on older cars. For example, with only 80K on it, depending on the way the owner maintained it, it might be on the original brakes and you might have to have brake work done right away. You can use the Edmunds Appraisal Tool to get an idea of what a good value for the car would be for your area. As you'll see when you use that, a "good price" is also going to depend on if you're buying from a private party or on a dealer lot. I ran the vehicle through for my area. I picked black as the color, but didn't add any optional equipment since you didn't say what's on the car. I assumed Clean for the condition, but without actually looking at it, there's no way to determine that. All these factors will affect the price up or down. So run it through with all you know about the car for your zip code. Here's an example of the kind of info you will get: As you can see, there will be a significant difference in what you should expect to pay private seller vs dealer. Mileage will be a plus factor (80K on a 13 year old car isn't high) color will affect it, where you are will affect it, etc.
    The car goes for $3.7k and has no accidents reported. It’s from a dealer lot and the dealer said car was used “gently”. Interior + exterior look good however. 

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    MichaellMichaell Moderator Posts: 242,542
    Eeeejjjj said:


    PF_Flyer said:

    A complicated question. You didn't mention the price, so it's difficult to make any kind of judgement on whether it's a good deal or not.

    With regard to whether high mileage will cause future issues, that's going to depend somewhat on the history of the car, how it was driven and maintained. Assuming steady use, the car was only driven 6-7,000 miles per year which is fairly light, but it's also 13 years old and maintenance issues do start to crop up on older cars. For example, with only 80K on it, depending on the way the owner maintained it, it might be on the original brakes and you might have to have brake work done right away.

    You can use the Edmunds Appraisal Tool to get an idea of what a good value for the car would be for your area. As you'll see when you use that, a "good price" is also going to depend on if you're buying from a private party or on a dealer lot.

    I ran the vehicle through for my area. I picked black as the color, but didn't add any optional equipment since you didn't say what's on the car. I assumed Clean for the condition, but without actually looking at it, there's no way to determine that. All these factors will affect the price up or down. So run it through with all you know about the car for your zip code. Here's an example of the kind of info you will get:



    As you can see, there will be a significant difference in what you should expect to pay private seller vs dealer. Mileage will be a plus factor (80K on a 13 year old car isn't high) color will affect it, where you are will affect it, etc.



    The car goes for $3.7k and has no accidents reported. It’s from a dealer lot and the dealer said car was used “gently”. Interior + exterior look good however. 



    You might want to post the particulars in this thread, and have our resident experts help you with pricing:

    https://forums.edmunds.com/discussion/1212/general/x/real-world-trade-in-values#latest

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