Buying a really low mileage 190e

robowens49
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September 13th, 2018, 4:51 pm #1

I have the chance of buying a beautiful 190e..under 20,000 miles and all documented from new. Been a collectors car for ages. Recently put on road, serviced and mot'd. Its totally wonderful - everything checked etc and drives as new..usual checks done. So, whats it worth? what are recent values of A1 cars sold recently?? About £10,000 mark or little more? Its a standard 2 ltr, but has quite a few extras from new-  I have seen the original total bill for nearly £22,000. Ball park figure anyone?? 
My first new car was a 1993 190LE, so have stayed with Mercs ever since......just fancy a 190e for the classic events throughout the year. Cheers for any advice  Rob Southport
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September 14th, 2018, 5:07 am #2

Hi there 

Not sure on a figure, but sounds the perfect car.
It's more what are you willing to pay.

Sorry that doesn't really help
My Mercedes so far....
1992 Mercedes-Benz 190e 2.0 Auto - K30 LDM - Midnight Blue
1993 Mercedes-Benz 190e 2.0 Auto - K179 PCN - Diamond Blue - Scrapped
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 2.0 Manual - H516 HAD - Arctic White - Sold
1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor Sport - S795 TBU - Brilliant Silver Metallic - Sold
Daily drive - 2001 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8 20v Turbo - Inky Blue
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September 14th, 2018, 9:41 am #3

Tricky one really as all these cars wear their miles well. All depends on what you intend to do with it, despite what we might all like to think they will not be part of the valuable classic scene as there are too many about in everyday use , just my opinion of course! I dont think I would pay more than about £6k, there are a good number of low mileage good spec cars coming in from Japan. So while 20k miles is low it is not too rare. If you buy it use it and enjoy it as it was meant to be.
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September 14th, 2018, 5:33 pm #4

While there are 190s with under 100,000 miles in good condition, under 20,000 miles actually isn't all that common any more. I would consider the car in question to be a collector car. This car might also be a concours class winner which will also add to its value. I remember reading in a buyer's guide done for the 25th anniversary of the 190 in 2007 in "Mercedes-Benz Classic" magazine that 190s with less than 60,000 miles would be considered the collector cars. This is coming from MB directly so I personally give it alot of weight. I think it all depends on what your plans for the car are. Do you plan to have it as a show car or are you looking for a driver? If you're looking for a driver then I don't think this is your car. There are others out there that will have more miles but they've been reasonably well cared for and as a result will be less expensive than the car in question. Certainly most 190s will never be Evos but low mileage, show car condition cars are starting to go for a premium because their numbers are beginning to dwindle. I happen to have a low mileage, show class condition and MB concours class winning 190 and I wouldn't let mine go for 10 grand. Just my 2 cents. 
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September 14th, 2018, 5:47 pm #5

I’d say 10k give or take a couple of grand.
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September 14th, 2018, 10:04 pm #6

I bought mine with 54k miles and pretty much perfect condition, but I really like driving mine so use it everyday. With so many nice ones about I just dont see them as collectors cars unless they are a rare version. They are a great design but what makes a car collectable? The problem is that I'm a big fan of Harry's Garage and the fact he really uses his cars. Half the fun in owning an older car is keeping it going, hence the reason I like this site.
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September 15th, 2018, 4:23 pm #7

You're entitled to your opinion. Others have different views. When I was growing up, Volkswagen "buses" were a dime a dozen. Now that so few are left, their values have gone up dramatically. I've watched a couple of restored ones sell in the last several years for 6 figures at the Barrett-Jackson auction. The supply of 190s is beginning to go down so there aren't as many nice ones left.  As a result, prices are beginning to go up. Even Mercedes-Benz is saying that the 190's with less than 60,000 miles on them will be the ones with value. The company knows more about it than I do. Certainly the rarer versions will be worth more. 190's with lots of documentation as this one in question has will be worth more as well..
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September 16th, 2018, 9:23 pm #8

You just need to decide why you are willing to pay over the odds for a car with low miles. If it is for reliability then you will stiĺl have age related wear to deal with. If it's to wheel it out of the garage , look at it, then roll it back in then great.
Saw a Ferrari on TV recently that the bloke bought 40 odd years ago and did about 300 miles a year and then sold it...ok he got a good price but I bet he didn't really need the cash and would have had a lot more fun driving it!
Anyway back to the  original question...what is it worth?
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September 16th, 2018, 10:54 pm #9

These are decisions the prospective buyer will have to decide for himself. I can only point out what's been happening in the marketplace and what the forecast for future values is.
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September 17th, 2018, 3:49 pm #10

It's a tricky one Rob, especially for those of us who grabbed our 190s when they were still pennies and refreshed them.
£10k? It would have to be absolutely spot on in all aspects.
A car with a really fresh interior is quite a rare thing after all these years. That would set a 190 apart for me.

Cheshire Benz and MTSV are the northern sales specialists, though I bet you know that already. You could benchmark this car against theirs.
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September 17th, 2018, 6:31 pm #11

Cheshire Benz and MTSV are the northern sales specialists, though I bet you know that already. You could benchmark this car against theirs.
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I beleive cheshire benz sold a 20k miles car for £10k, thus my +\- 2k for this car That’s at a gd dealer of course so markup expected.

Oh the life, my budget is, well, a budget! 😁
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