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hi all. after searching for a year, i think i found a great car sitting at a Mercedes dealership in CA: 2000 S70 GLT w/ only 53000 miles. It has the wood-grain package, cd-cassette, moonroof, power driver seat but manual passenger seat. I took it for a test drive and it drove nicely. The paint is quite smooth - Volvo Guard? i didn't notice any oxidation in the silver paint. it's got normal scratches around and on the bumper, and it looks like a car side-swiped it on the passenger side, but doesn't look like the paint has come off. <p>the bummer part: asking price is $9888. KBB is only $8700 if in excellent condition. and unlike other Mercedes dealerships, they won't let me take it to my mechanic for an inspection unless we settle on a price first. i'm not having any of that so i walked away, leaving him my number.<p>any advice on bringing the price down? he mentioned taking $1000 off but i think in this economy they could do MUCH better. i really dislike negotiating - would rather give him a fair number we could both live with.
 

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Re: Buyer in need of help negotiating with dealer on S70 (scorpioneyes)

If this puts this car in better perspective, Last Jan, when NO ONE was buying cars, I sold a 39,000 miles S70 GLT SE for $9995 and USED cars are more expensive today.<br>Yes, it's steep but 2000's with these miles don't come around every day.<p><B>Negotiate a little but make sure you have it checked out</B> and make sure they paint that bumper.<br>BTW, this is a <B>classified section</B>, this belongs in the GENERAL Volvo section
 

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Re: Buyer in need of help negotiating with dealer on S70 (scorpioneyes)

I would suggest the dealer have a pre-purchase inspection done (at your cost) before you agree on a price. <p>The issue as I see it is not so much bringing the price down as it is your comfort level with what you would be paying for the car.
 

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Re: Buyer in need of help negotiating with dealer on S70 (King Tut)

King Tut: yes, i suppose you're right. KBB is listing $8800, and Edmunds TMZ @ $8600. I wouldn't mind paying something close to that if I really thought it was a fair price in today's economic environment. <p>as for the pre-inspection, do i ask the very same dealership to inspect it? would that be a conflict of interest?
 

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Re: Buyer in need of help negotiating with dealer on S70 (scorpioneyes)

It really doesn't matter who inspects it (assuming they are certified and can give you a written report). My preference would be for a Volvo specialist or Volvo dealership to inspect it simply because they are looking at Volvos all day and know what they are looking <B>at</B> and what they are looking<B> for</B>. But, that may be pushing it.<p>I always say with used cars you are, to some extent, buying the seller. If you are not comfortable with the seller and the seller's terms, you might do well to look elsewhere. Don't forget, a clean, but sideswiped, S70 is not really a rare care. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>
 

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I would not have the same dealership inspect it that is trying to sell it. You are asking the service department to basically give you ammunition agaist the salesperson. I would stay away from that.
 
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