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Old 06-10-2018, 07:30 PM
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Good buy? Advice needed!

Hey guys. Looking to make my first MB purchase. Its a used 2015 GL450. Black on Black MB-Tex interior. It has about ~28000 miles.
The car has
Back up cam
Park assist
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Lane keep assist
Collision warning system
Memory package
Heated cup holders
Heated seats
Vital sensors on steering wheel
Air conditioning in rear (code 582) - tri zone climate?
Keyless go
Aluminum scuff plate

My total price out the door is probably going to be close to $43-44K.

No lighting package on the car which I was really hoping for. What do you guys think of the loadout in general.

This is gonna be the first MB of the family so not sure of pros and cons. Feedback would be greatly appreciated and please feel free to ask of you have any questions or if I missed something.

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Old 06-11-2018, 12:18 PM
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Hard to gauge if it is a good buy, without mentioning what they are asking for it...
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:28 PM
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Hard to gauge if it is a good buy, without mentioning what they are asking for it...
That's a great point. Just updated the original post. The total is probably going to be close to ~$43-44K.
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:31 PM
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What is included in the total? (car price + tax + ???)

My 2015 GL450 has similar specs (minus tri-zone climate, plus appearance package) and 35k miles and the negotiated price was $42k (in the seattle market). Also it was non-CPO. I was able to connect with the owner of the lease and he gave me the history of the vehicle.
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Originally Posted by tachtevrenidis View Post
What is included in the total? (car price + tax + ???)

My 2015 GL450 has similar specs (minus tri-zone climate, plus appearance package) and 35k miles and the negotiated price was $42k (in the seattle market). Also it was non-CPO. I was able to connect with the owner of the lease and he gave me the history of the vehicle.
That price includes car price + Tax + registration + transport cost. It's basically everything. This car is coming out of Florida to California.

My friend is actually helping me secure this and its coming from a business auction so they won't provide us anything over bare minimum information. That's just how it works with these things.

I'm not sure if I'm answering your questions but let me know if I missed something. If you don't mind me asking that 42k wad that just the vehicle price or out the door.
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that was the price for the car (then add tax, registration etc). Pic here: https://mbworld.org/forums/gl-class-...-first-gl.html. For me it was local, so no transport etc. If you have the VIN, you can add it to the Mercedes ME app and it will show you how much left in warranty etc. You have to create a free account etc but I don't remember any kind of proof of ownership to get this

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No lighting package on the car which I was really hoping for. What do you guys think of the loadout in general.
If you want the lighting package donít settle for this one. They are out there and lighting is proabbly one of the most discussed regrets that results in questions about aftermarket modsó-along with trailer hitch retrofit.

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I *think* I have the lighting package (maybe not). Can you tell from this pic? https://mbworld.org/forums/gl-class-...-first-gl.html
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Originally Posted by tachtevrenidis View Post
that was the price for the car (then add tax, registration etc). Pic here: https://mbworld.org/forums/gl-class-...-first-gl.html. For me it was local, so no transport etc. If you have the VIN, you can add it to the Mercedes ME app and it will show you how much left in warranty etc. You have to create a free account etc but I don't remember any kind of proof of ownership to get this

It asks for verification via the name registered in the Mercedes Database. But the delivery date shows for December 2014 so possibly the warranty would be till December of this year, which would allow me to kind of get any surprises fixed from the car.

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If you want the lighting package donít settle for this one. They are out there and lighting is proabbly one of the most discussed regrets that results in questions about aftermarket modsó-along with trailer hitch retrofit.
This car is actually not for me in particular. She could really care less about the lighting package. She's coming from a Sequoia which is on its last legs so everything compared to that is in a better situation.
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No lightning package, no appearance package = no deal in my opinion. You'll be disappointed with the lights!
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The only thing is that nothing is coming close to the ball park though. Its super disappointing that a car of this class and in this price range doesn't come standard with at least xenons. I hate this car purchasing phase because of how I like my cars configured but then the money value gets into play and things go all over the place.
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I just purchased a 2015 CPO GL450 in April that had 13,800 miles. The dealer wanted 48k, we settled at 47.5k. Out the door was 50.5k. The sticker price was 78.5k. The color is Iridium Silver with Gray MB Tech.

Options include Park Assist, Lane Assist, Premium package, Sunroof, Trailer Hitch, Lighted Star, Heated Seats, Hot/Cold beverage. No lighting package. In my opinion, the stock halogen bulbs aren't as bad as other posters are saying. What was important to me was the exterior and interior colors, low miles, and a near perfect body. Your vehicle seems to be a great price if you are out the door at 43k. I would recommend seeing the vehicle or at least getting additional close up pictures of the body to see the degree of rock chips, etc. Good luck!
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I just purchased a 2015 CPO GL450 in April that had 13,800 miles. The dealer wanted 48k, we settled at 47.5k. Out the door was 50.5k. The sticker price was 78.5k. The color is Iridium Silver with Gray MB Tech.

Options include Park Assist, Lane Assist, Premium package, Sunroof, Trailer Hitch, Lighted Star, Heated Seats, Hot/Cold beverage. No lighting package. In my opinion, the stock halogen bulbs aren't as bad as other posters are saying. What was important to me was the exterior and interior colors, low miles, and a near perfect body. Your vehicle seems to be a great price if you are out the door at 43k. I would recommend seeing the vehicle or at least getting additional close up pictures of the body to see the degree of rock chips, etc. Good luck!
The condition of the vehicle is great other then a scratch on the RR rear door. Since this is through an Auction House, they won't bother to take more pictures for you. By all means I would love to have the lighting and/or appearance package, but I don't know if in my mind that would justify close to a ~8-10K jump and risk losing the other options.

How are you feeling about the car so far. Any disappointments or regrets? Any thing that really makes you happy about the car?
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I love the looks of the vehicle, as well as the MB Tech seats and interior. There is a little more roll when driving the SUV that I wish was not there, but I didn't want to spend the extra money to get the 550 or AMG, as well as the reduced fuel economy. Also, with the weight of the vehicle, I can definately foresee more frequent brake pad/rotor changes and tire replacements. I originally wanted to get the AMG, but since this was my first Mercedes, the wife and I thought we would start with the 450. May eventually trade it in on a GLS63 down the road if the right one comes along. Very roomy vehicle for transporting kids and family members.
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I assume you've done a CPO search on autotrader and cars.com? Also mbusa has a search feature for CPO's. In my experience you should be able to buy a 2015 CPO in the low to mid $40's.
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I assume you've done a CPO search on autotrader and cars.com? Also mbusa has a search feature for CPO's. In my experience you should be able to buy a 2015 CPO in the low to mid $40's.
The closest thing I've found is 15 CPO in NY with the lighting package and other options asking $46 and after everything out the door is going to be at ~$50K.
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Fletcher Jones in Newport Beach has several on their website. Priced mid $40's but of course you add taxes, fees, etc. I'd guess you could negotiate a few $$ off the ask price. But they are CPO and you can see them if you're in SoCal. Not sure about buying a car from auction sight unseen?? Have you seen a carfax on the Florida car? Gonna pay for shipping coast to coast is at least $1k.
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Fletcher Jones in Newport Beach has several on their website. Priced mid $40's but of course you add taxes, fees, etc. I'd guess you could negotiate a few $$ off the ask price. But they are CPO and you can see them if you're in SoCal. Not sure about buying a car from auction sight unseen?? Have you seen a carfax on the Florida car? Gonna pay for shipping coast to coast is at least $1k.
That's a great car, however I'm trying to stick to lower mileage. Going to be putting some miles on it anyways and trying to avoid as many issues of wear and tear as possible. Also they want to stick with a black exterior so that is whats throwing me off.

I've ran carfax, and autocheck and they are all clean. It was a prior fleet vehicle for a rental, and its surprising to find the features that it has on one of these rental fleet vehicles. Transport is included in the total out of pocket as well as buying fees and all other extras. The vehicle cost is around ~37K and about ~5-6K is for everything else which also includes a small budget for repairs and touch-ups. The friend who is helping me with the purchase has a car business so he deals with used cars on a daily so he's guiding me through the process.
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Active curve is another option that gets a fair amount of good feedback on this forum. I didnít see it on your option list. I have it on mine and really like the handling it brings to the vehicle.
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Active curve is another option that gets a fair amount of good feedback on this forum. I didnít see it on your option list. I have it on mine and really like the handling it brings to the vehicle.
That's correct. Active curve isn't on the vehicle I was looking at. Its just not an option that is available in the pool of cars I'm looking at. With my friend that's helping me out, I get back better deals on the car, but it just doesn't come highly equipped. So it puts me in a catch 22.
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