Mercedes Benz CLS 320 CDI W219 2007
In 2007 I decided it was the right time to make my second direct purchase from the dealership, so I ordered a brand new Mercedes Benz CLS. Unlike with the previous factory-ordered Superb, where I remained practical with the ordered extras, when compiling the CLS I picked several of the fancier extras. The CLS was white with beige Nappa leather, an AMG pack and other options – the reasons behind wanting and paying for these features is something only a real petrolhead can understand.
I enjoyed the CLS a lot – but I wouldnt buy a new CLS, or any of the other four-door coupes currently available on the market. Perhaps it’s because I drove it for what is a long time for me – nearly 4 years. Or maybe it’s something else. I can’t really put my finger on it.
Selling the CLS makes for quite a story. At some point in early Spring, I decided that enough is enough and I have to sell the car. I listed it at a rather high price, as it had had only one owner and came with a full dealership service history and a mileage of under 100k kilometers. My CLS was actually the most expensive on the market out of all the CLS models from its year. The ad was posted at around 10 AM – before noon, I was contacted by the future buyer. As the car was listed at a high price and the buyer wanted to use a financing service to buy it, I had to arrange a valuation of the CLS, which due to the high asking price took about 3-4 weeks. Not a single person called me or showed the slightest interest in purchasing the vehicle during this entire period – through sheer luck, I had most likely found the only guy out there who both needed it and was willing to pay the asking price. Without negotiating as much as a euro off its cost, I was able to sell the car for the listed amount. I was obviously ready to offer a reasonable discount – but since they didn’t ask, I didn’t feel the need to voluntarily offer one either! This is also the reason why the number plate has been blurred in my photos – I have seen the person who bought the CLS from me driving around in it only recently, and I don’t want him to be affected by my sharing this story.
From a financial perspective, there is no question that one will lose money if they buy a new car (especially a high-end model from a premium brand, like the Mercedes CLS) and sell it several years later – but I recovered almost 60% of the amount I had paid for the car four years earlier. Obviously this was just blind luck, rather than a planned sequence of events. A couple of cars down you can read about how I managed to buy a five-year-old Mercedes S600 for roughly 25% of the price it had when it was new, so there are no fixed rules about aftermarket car prices whatsoever.