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The V6 pow­ered C-Class and an adamant doc­tor. Bi­joy val­i­dates of what could be a per­fect deal

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Bi­joy Ku­mar, Karun Chand­hok, Richard Meaden and Ted Kravitz

C’MON CHECK OUR WHAT­SAPP GROUP’, said the mes­sage. It was Dr. Vani, my good friend and the Thar driv­ing mem­ber of Creek Slay­ers mo­tor­cy­cle riders gang. I promptly went on the Slay­ers group to find a post dis­play­ing a Mercedes­Benz C-Class for sale. While I knew doc got tick­led by ev­ery­thing au­to­mo­tive, she was leaned more to­wards the 4X4 va­ri­ety.

‘I like it, can I buy it?’ Doc was now on the phone.

I knew this was get­ting se­ri­ous be­cause once doc de­cides some­thing it was next to im­pos­si­ble to dis­suade her. Not so long ago, when she wanted to do off-road­ing, she bought a Thar, spruced it up and drove straight to Lon­avla for a Great Es­cape and qual­i­fied for the na­tional level fi­nal of the Off-road Tro­phy!

It was time to play ‘the knowl­edge­able friend’ and tell her why one should po­litely walk away from an 8-year-old car when you al­ready have three cars in your garage.

‘You just come and see the car with me, then we shall de­cide’. Doc was not in a mood to slow down at all.

But there was some­thing nice about that post – the way it was writ­ten. Al­low me to re­pro­duce it here…

‘’Mercedes-Benz C-Class, fully loaded, top end, spar­ingly used, done 48k Km. Ex­cel­lent con­di­tion both in­te­rior and ex­te­rior. Gen­uine Napa leather, sports seats and 12 speaker Har­mon Kar­don mu­sic sys­tem for ex­cep­tional sound qual­ity. Xenon lights, sun­roof. Avant­garde model. May 2010. Please for­ward to your friends…Need to sell as my new car is ar­riv­ing to­day”

The car be­longed to a close friend of a fel­low Slayer, who stayed in his own build­ing. And that meant there was no dealer in­volved. Again, the way that post was writ­ten, it looked like the owner re­ally cared for this car.

“Doc, this is a V6 petrol pow­ered car, you sure you want a guz­zler?’ I tried an­other tac­tic which most In­di­ans suc­cumb to. ‘Wow, it will be quick no? Diesel or petrol doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence’, Doc was adamant.

To cut a long one short, the very next day I was star­ing at a gleam­ing black Mercedes in an un­der­ground park­ing lot. The owner was not ly­ing, next to it was a spank­ing new E-Class, he had al­ready taken de­liv­ery of his up­grade!

I had taken along Vinod, my col­league, to check out the car – in case it took more than one per­son to dis­suade the doc. The seller came and care­fully took the car out of the garage for us to drive. ‘I don’t let my driver, drive this one. He drives the Duster’, he said, al­most as a warn­ing as he handed the key to me. In­side, the car was spot less and had the inim­itable smell of rich leather. As the V6 spooled out its horses, I could hear the muf­fled ‘wows’ of doc and Vinod from the rear seat. They could barely con­trol their ex­cite­ment. The car was ‘tight’ as they say in the used car world. No squeaks from the sus­pen­sion, no drive train lag. By the time the test drive ended, I was won­der­ing whether I should out­bid my friend and buy it for my­self! This was as per­fect a used car deal could get com­plete with per­fect ser­vice his­tory.

A short and sweet ne­go­ti­a­tion, cof­fee break and cross-check with the fam­ily later, doc paid the ad­vance for the black beauty with a mil­lion watts smile.

For the price of a sub-com­pact sedan, my friend is driv­ing a 204 bhp V6 with Stuttgart writ­ten all over it and a very safe one at that!

Let there be more deals like this, I say! ⌧

'I was won­der­ing whether I should out­bid my friend and buy the used Merc C-Class for my­self'

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