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Hi I'm looking at buying a 2016 Black on Black Metris Passenger with 37k. I can get out the door for $25,500 with tax and Lic. This sounds fair to me, it used to be with a rental company. What should I do?

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In my opinion, stay far away from former rental vans. They probably didn't get serviced at regular intervals and may have been abused. $25K isn't a bad price, but I would be concerned with engine and transmission problems. My first job, during high school was at a Ford dealership. What I witnessed still disturbs me to this day.
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I wouldn't be concerned with either engine or transmission problems. Mercedes engines basically need oil changes every 10-15k miles and that's about the only thing that would be neglected in that interval. The 7G-tronic is over a decade old and if it's like every other proven Benz automatic, 250k is a pretty good life guess. Just make sure the first fluid change was done on it. If it wasn't, no biggy, you're only 7k over on a transmission that was originally intended to go 100k between fluid changes. Do it, that 7k won't kill you.

What's going to kill you is everything else. Make sure it has a full service history from a dealer or MB van specialist.
 

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Are there differences between 2016 and 2017 I should consider? I am not seeing a big price difference with the 2016, which surprises me.
 

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I bought the same type of Metris back in January for $24,500 from a huge off lease place down in Florida. So far we've been very happy with the van.
 

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I bought the same type of Metris back in January for $24,500 from a huge off lease place down in Florida. So far we've been very happy with the van.
Where in South Florida do you live? There aren't too many Metris around here. I've only seen 2 so far. I live in Tamarac but found the best deal in California. I had the car shipped by car hauler for $1,300
 

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We were down in Florida for a vacation in Boca, we live in MD. It seemed worth it to buy the van on the first day of our stay so we didn't need to rent a van for two weeks for our family of 7 and then we drove it up. The company was called Off Lease Only (I believe they have several locations in SFL). It was really the most unusual car buying experience I've ever had. The company seems to be based on high rate turn over with very a low mark up on low mileage cars.

No frills and everything is done electronically. We paid cash (no financing) and the deal went through very quickly and without a lot of hassle. Absolutely no BS manager stuff, just a straight deal with their internet sales group. Car was well honestly represented with all the imperfections well documented(just a small scratch on the back bumper) and was otherwise in excellent condition. The only issue we had with our purchase was that it was advertised with having two keys and it only had one. When I brought this up they discounted the purchase price for the $500 it would cost to buy an extra key.

Good luck with your search.

http://www.offleaseonly.com/

Just went to their web site and it looks like they have a couple in stock now and they are even at a better price then I bought mine! I have no affiliation with this car dealership, just one happy customer.
 

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We were down in Florida for a vacation in Boca, we live in MD. It seemed worth it to buy the van on the first day of our stay so we didn't need to rent a van for two weeks for our family of 7 and then we drove it up. The company was called Off Lease Only (I believe they have several locations in SFL). It was really the most unusual car buying experience I've ever had. The company seems to be based on high rate turn over with very a low mark up on low mileage cars.

No frills and everything is done electronically. We paid cash (no financing) and the deal went through very quickly and without a lot of hassle. Absolutely no BS manager stuff, just a straight deal with their internet sales group. Car was well honestly represented with all the imperfections well documented(just a small scratch on the back bumper) and was otherwise in excellent condition. The only issue we had with our purchase was that it was advertised with having two keys and it only had one. When I brought this up they discounted the purchase price for the $500 it would cost to buy an extra key.

Good luck with your search.

http://www.offleaseonly.com/

Just went to their web site and it looks like they have a couple in stock now and they are even at a better price than I bought mine! I have no affiliation with this car dealership, just one happy customer.
I know about them. They buy the Metris vans from rental companies when they reach their mileage limit. My co-worker bought a car from them with a clear carfax. Later he found out that the car had frame damage. Uber contacted him and said he could not work anymore due to his vehicle have frame damage. Seem like the car fax was pulled 2 weeks before the crash apparently.
 

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Thanks Orb, seems like real good prices. Very few used ones up here in the NW. Now if only I felt more comfortable spending $25K on a used van that I haven't seen or driven. Too bad they don't have a more detailed options list. Has anyone talked to them in person and are they knowledgeable or are they just getting them out the door?
 

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Thanks Orb, seems like real good prices. Very few used ones up here in the NW. Now if only I felt more comfortable spending $25K on a used van that I haven't seen or driven. Too bad they don't have a more detailed options list. Has anyone talked to them in person and are they knowledgeable or are they just getting them out the door?
No problem. My experience was they were just getting them out the door. Nothing stays on the lot more then a week or two. The internet sales guy I dealt with was very responsive and took lots of pictures of anything I asked him to, but I still went over the car myself when I got down there pretty thoroughly.

My recommendation is get an up to date car fax on any van you are interested in, ask lots of questions and then make a quick trip out yourself to do an inspection. These guys are fairly legitimate. Not trying to scam anyone by hiding or covering up any major problems, they really don't have the time for that kind of used car sale. Their business model seems fairly straight forward from my experience: buy from the rental fleets when their mileage is up and turned over quickly at a minimal margin.

Best of luck on your search.

My sales guy actually picked us up at the airport (all 7 of us in an econovan!) and took us to the dealership. Gave me the keys to the Metris and let me take it out myself for as long as I wanted. You really would not believe the size of this place and the turnover they have. Looked like a Filene's basement for cars (back when Filene's was a real discount place for high end clothing)
 
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