Merc C200 Sports Edition

Thinking of purchasing a c200 sports edition. MB are currently having a sale (supposedly 82k down to 69k). There's no other significant add on options that I want given it's a facelift from the vanilla c200 with upgraded engine, some amg features, comfort, vision packages, rear tinting etc.
I'm entitled to corporate benefit for 3 yr servicing.

How much lower should I negotiate the price given it's a current promotion? Would 60k be too much an ask or should I push for lower?

Never bought a Merc before so appreciate any advice.

Thanks.

Comments

  • +19 votes

    Offer what it's worth. I'm thinking $35k

  • +4 votes

    I've looked at MB when previously in the market for a new car, and I couldn't make sense of what you actually get for that sort of money, in comparison to other 'non-luxury' cars.
    Only you can decide how much that car is worth to you; make the offer and if not accepted just walk away.

    • +4 votes

      I have to say this is far from the truth, I bought a brand new top of the line mazda 3 in 2015, Was a great car and loved it then i jumped onto the merc train last year and the driving experience is far superior. Handling, engine response, comfort, quality of materials. If you spend majority of your day in a car, why not make it somewhere, where you want to be?

      • +4 votes

        European cars definitely drive better, have better ergonomics and use higher quality materials, no doubt about that. I am a huge fan of the French cars and would choose one anyday over a Mazda 3, they are around the same price but much more enjoyable and feature packed. If I had the money i'd be in an AMG but MB standard cars do nothing for me.

      • +3 votes

        Yes, they might be better but is the improvement worth twice the cost? I suspect not. It’s largely about the symbol on the front and showing off to the neighbours.

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        With respect, how can you say that my comment (i.e. my personal view) is 'far from the truth'.
        I didn't mention any other car makes, but you have compared a 2015 Mazda 3 to a Mercedes (was it the same year or a later model?).
        Neither OP or I mentioned anything about spending the majority of the day in the car?

        We all have different preferences, priorities, driving needs. Our views are not necessarily true or false.

  • +15 votes

    Just make sure you check the build date plate. You may need a new one…

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    You could probably push them to 55 if you try.

  • +3 votes

    You can ask this poster to buy his C43

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/537844

  • +8 votes

    Hol up
    -2.0L engine
    -makes same power as my 1.6L Kia
    -2 years less warranty than my Kia
    -called "sports" for some reason
    -"was" $82K, now a "bargain" at $69K RRP
    -we're in a pandemic where car sales have fallen off a cliff and all showrooms are empty, buyers market
    -Like most, this will be your first and last MB you will own…

    offer $69,420 driveaway

  • +4 votes

    The next generation C-Class is due late 2020, so expect a big depreciation hit then on this already heavily depreciating brand.

  • +2 votes

    Never bought a Merc before so appreciate any advice.

    Hold onto your virginity, keep the never. You've been warned.

    The only thing that is "sport" with a Merc is how the dealers hunt you down at every service and take a bit bite out of you in cash.

    It is only $69k drive away link

  • +2 votes

    Don't buy a C200. If you can't afford to buy and run a C300 minimum then Mercs aren't for you. Go elsewhere.

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    SPORTS EDITION C200!!!!!

    Buybuybuy

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    In 3 years it will be worth 30k.

    • +2 votes

      I remember an old business partner of mine was really shook one morning when the same dealer tried to offer $27.5k trade in for his C200 with only 8000KM over 3 years.

      I was laughing for half a day.

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      @Stimps - I have it on good authority that they’re a high yielding investment.

  • +7 votes

    No one will be impressed by your C class Mercedes (unless it is C63 AMG), and honestly I don't understand the hype. MB used to have an image of class and prestige but not anymore IMO, very gaudy styling these days and you are just paying for the badge.

    • +2 votes

      Mercs are great cars, regardless of how much disliked by bargain hunters. I've owned a few back in the UK and they have really great driving dynamics, comfort and tech compared to others at the time. It's a premium luxury vehicle for the average working joe that can afford it.

      I do agree that buying a 180 or 200 with poxy little engine is utterly pointless though. They're underpowered, rough and unenjoyable. Also doesn't fit in with the 'premium' image. There's no point, if you're in that price bracket then go elsewhere.

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      "very gaudy styling these days"

      Aimed at the Chinese market
      https://www.caradvice.com.au/715905/mercedes-benz-chinese-ta...

  • +1 vote

    If it will help you get a promotion at Westpac, then don't even bother haggling. It will also help you pull in the office chicks. Just casually slip it in (giggity) a conversation like "oh, I gotta get my Merc serviced tomorrow".

  • +2 votes

    Crazy money. For the specs and brand name its gotta be less than $60k

    What is the upgraded engine? The internet says 150KW four… Thats was sporty about 15 years ago.

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    I suspect the dealers will hold firm on price given it's a MB dealer. Make them a lower offer with intent to purchase today. Just be prepared to get a no for an answer. Then what will be your fall back.

  • +1 vote

    Get a V6 Camry. It will be quicker at half the price.

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    Why are so many Mercedes customers coming to OzBARGAIN?

    • +1 vote

      They secretly want a Toyota, Hyundai or Kia recommendation!

      • +3 votes

        Seriously though, you can get the top spec Camry hybrid for $46k drive away which has more power (160KW) and probably most of the features of the Merc C200 but for $23,000 cheaper. It will cost less to run, insure and probably last twice as long. Is the badge really worth $20k?

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          I won't lie… I drive a euro car as well so I ain't going to judge! I can't speak for OP, but personally, I get enjoyment out of driving it.

          (But I'm also not asking for advice here! haha)

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            @bobbified: Thats the hidden value equation isn't it? You have to put some value on driving pleasure/enjoyment and brand cachet. There isn't much enjoyment to be found in a Camry.

            I've only driven one of the older small Merc's (the van looking ones) and it was not a great experience. It felt like floorpan was a concrete slab. So in my mind the cheaper Merc's are a bit average until you get to the more expensive ones and I am sure they are awesome and worth the money.

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              @ewan82:

              You have to put some value on driving pleasure/enjoyment and brand cachet. There isn't much enjoyment to be found in a Camry.

              I definitely agree with you there.

              I often wonder - do the people who buy cars based purely on value-for-money ever go on random drives just for enjoyment? Or is the car simply an appliance to get from A to B?

              I've only driven one of the older small Merc's (the van looking ones)… So in my mind the cheaper Merc's are a bit averag

              Do you know which model? I can't picture a van-looking MB that's not actually a van… I think the more recent MBs, even the lower end models, are quite good for ride and comfort.

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                @bobbified: I don't know Merc's that well but its was something fairly entry level so a A or B class and hatch back but not a sporty looking hatch like the more recent A class. Probably around around 8 years old by now. It was definitely not a luxurious car. It drove like a Peugeot 206

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    Where is the C200 built? Albania? Nigeria?