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      10-28-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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New SLK Roadster

Now, I am not looking for a new car, however, I spotted this lease deal on the web and I am rather interested...

Merc SLK 200 BlueEff AMG Sport Auto (7G) Edition 125. It comes with metallic paint, airscarf and heated seats, as well as the comprehensive spec; HDD Nav, Xenons, parktronic, cruise, leather, AMG body kit etc etc. The personal lease is a 6+23 1650 down and 275 per month (which includes the VAT), RFL for the first year (it's only 151 gm/Km) and 10K pa. I rang and confirmed that the deal is definitely available.

http://www.solentvehicleleasing.co.u...pe=0&tenure=24

It's a 1.8 turbo, 0-60 - 7secs and returns a decent 43mpg or so. Nothing to set the world on fire. OK, bit of a hairdresser car, but in the revised trim it looks aggressive enough and looks like a mini SL. I could see myself in one of these and the numbers stack up 7950 over two years to drive a 32K+ car and no worries over depreciation, future values - it would have one service and require 1 years VED. Even the mrs looked twice at it and once I said it was an auto and that it would be hers to drive next year when I am away, she was interested....



If I could sell the 120d and not make a catastrophic loss, I would be taking things a little further..
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      10-28-2011, 02:29 PM   #3
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How much are you hoping for the 120d?
I would need 14500+ for it, but not sure what is a realistic private sale figure, don't think that is far wrong. I did a WBAC sanity check on it, and the figure came up as 13150 so it must be at least 1K+ more than that for a private sale.
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      10-28-2011, 02:53 PM   #4
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Good luck if you decide to sell the 120d - the SLK looks the part for sure, and if youve already got the wifes approval (hardest part of buying a new car IMO!) then go for it, the SLK is a looker for sure
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      10-29-2011, 01:31 AM   #5
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Do it. These type of lease deals are here today, gone tomorrow.
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      10-29-2011, 02:56 AM   #6
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Forget all the jibes about pertersasoon or vidalg1965, that is a cheap deal and i think they look great.
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Peter, the are also similar 12 month deals available on the SLK200 at the moment which look tempting too.
http://www.pantheonleasing.co.uk/mer...rcedes-slk.htm

These are actually contract purchase i believe so you own the car.
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      10-30-2011, 02:17 PM   #8
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Ooooh. I missed this. This is very tempting.
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      10-30-2011, 02:45 PM   #9
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Ooooh. I missed this. This is very tempting.
Are you about to come back to he UK James?
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      10-30-2011, 03:10 PM   #10
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No not coming back for years - [at least I hope not!] - but I'm about to buy a run around while the 911 gets some TLC. I need a car until next spring. On the list is :

UK - CLK55 AMG Cabrio - 2004 facelift on to avoid the rust and dodgy radiators. c13k.
UK - Various 964, 993 options. Too much choice really.
FR - Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9. Buttons, available locally in good numbers.

But now - one of these AMG Sport SLKs is effectively 420/month for only a year. That is insanely cheap isn't it? With the spec here:

http://www.pantheonleasing.co.uk/mer...rcedes-slk.htm

Thats a 35k car. Comes with COMAND, etc. Hairdressing banter aside, they are rather nice. 184bhp is not the end of the world, and it is manual. Plus as I just hand it back, so no need to worry about no-one wanting to buy a manual mercedes.

Only catch I can see is its a 2 seater....







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These lease deals are insane - the 3+11 at 299 for the Sport is begging to be done!

I think in the spring we'll be looking at one of the 3+11 deals to replace the Mini with as these very short-term leases really play into my car-buying habits perfectly and I just can't see any downside (please....someone tell me the downsides if there are any?). I've never previously looked at leasing seriously due to the need to keep a car for 2+ years (God forbid)....although I'm yet to find a lease that'd see me in 5 different cars within 12 months

Let's hope these deals are still around on some decent kit in a few months but thanks Peter (and Andrew on the other thread) because I'd never really looked into leasing properly before.
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No not coming back for years - [at least I hope not!]

http://www.pantheonleasing.co.uk/mer...rcedes-slk.htm

Thats a 35k car. Comes with COMAND, etc. Hairdressing banter aside, they are rather nice. 184bhp is not the end of the world, and it is manual. Plus as I just hand it back, so no need to worry about no-one wanting to buy a manual mercedes.

Only catch I can see is its a 2 seater....
There is no way I would get a manual one, the 7G auto is the way to go on these cars, no question. They also come in lower emissions and better economy over the manual and there is virtually nothing in it on the lease price.

Can you lease form the UK and drive it around France on a permanent basis?
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There is no way I would get a manual one, the 7G auto is the way to go on these cars, no question. They also come in lower emissions and better economy over the manual and there is virtually nothing in it on the lease price.
Normally I'd agree - but if you don't have to worry about resale does it really matter? Are Merc manuals still crap, or are they "normal" now?

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Not on a permanent basis, but I think 1 year would be just about doable within insurance and registration requirements - helped by the fact that it would be a 3rd car and my insurer knows I already have 2 French registered cars. A 2 year lease would not be practicable. Having said that getting an application through maybe tricky...

I will have a look at local deals but wouldn't expect to get anywhere near such a good deal here.
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wow. that is such a good deal.
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Looks like the SLK finally has the left/right hand drive light problem sorted - if an SLK has halogens you don't need to do anything (car is already compliant so I assume it has a flat beam), if it has the Intel Light System (assume this means Xenons), you change to a flat beam through pressing buttons in the on-board computer.

Progress!

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Thats a v.nice looking car too, ariel looks a bit odd but very nicely put together.

I'm sure i would look good in one with a baseball cap on.
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Uh oh. Credit checks just passed.

Running out of reasons not to.

Unless someone can find my a 330d for 100/month?
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Running out of reasons not to.

Unless someone can find my a 330d for 100/month?
If you are contracting with MD, the MB Terms say you cant take it out of the UK for more than 30days at a time without their permission (I think)
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If you are contracting with MD, the MB Terms say you cant take it out of the UK for more than 30days at a time without their permission (I think)
Thanks Pjs, I've just asked for the small print. I might have to clarify that.
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I would just keep quiet, they will never know.
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Previous model was better to drive, but I suppose you don't buy one for it's dynamics.

Lot of fun for the money.
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