Mercedes CL500 Is Glass’s Used Car Hero For November

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 12:20
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The Mercedes-Benz CL500 is Glass’s Used Car Hero for November, giving buyers a taste of super-luxury motoring for the price of the cheapest new hatchbacks.

The C215 version, made from 2000-2007, was based on the contemporary S-Class and cost around £70,000 new – but good examples can now be had for a tenth of that price.

Each month, Glass’s editors hold a meeting to name the current Used Car Hero in the UK market – the model they believe currently offers outstanding value, quality and ability.

Robert Redman, forecast values editor, said: “This is a genuine top-of-the-range grand tourer that was only bought new by the wealthy. It is very well specified, a stylish and comfortable way to travel.

“It is also a Mercedes-Benz built in the ‘old way’ if properly maintained it will last for many more years and probably prove to be a sound investment.”

The only downside, Robert, added, was that running costs tended to be in line with the CL500’s upmarket status.

“This was a very expensive car powered by a range of V8 and V12 engines. Buying a good one is now very affordable – but you also need the money to keep it on the road.

Robert highlights some key points that make the CL500 a “Hero”:

WHY IS THE CL500 A USED CAR HERO? Well specified, a stylish and comfortable way to travel. A Mercedes-Benz built in the “old way”, that if properly maintained it will last for many more years and prove to be a sound investment.

WHEN WAS IT ON SALE? The CL500 was produced from 2000-2007.

WHAT’S GOOD? Great specification – leather upholstery, COMAND system, Bi-xenon headlamps, walnut trim, TV and more – pretty much anything you’d ever need in a car. Also, this is a proper GT car with strong performance and a ride quality that strikes the right balance between sporting and comfort.

WHAT’S BAD? Due to their affordability, some have been run on a shoestring and so their condition will have suffered. These were £70-80,000 new and have running costs to match.

IDEAL BUY? Buy on condition and history rather than by age or mileage. £6,000-£7,000 should buy a good example.

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