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