Mercedes SLK used values to be helped by stylingAggressive looks will help reduce depreciation
01 April 2011
Used car market experts are predicting a big rise in retained values for the new Mercedes-Benz SLK, which goes on sale in June.
The key driver for this is much more aggressive styling, which will help the new SLK stand out in the style-driven roadster marketplace. A closer association with the Mercedes SLS supercar will also help the SLK’s used sector fortunes.
What’s more, Mercedes has added AMG branding to the model, which further boosts its sporting credentials.
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10% boost to retained values
Used car experts CAP have analysed the SLK range and predicted the 'significant' rise in residual values. This will see the core Mercedes SLK 200 AMG Sport auto retain 49.5% of its list price after three years/60,000 miles.
It’s a big boost to the current car: the outgoing SLK Roadster, says CAP, is forecast to retain 39% of cost new.
Image is all
Turning round the image of the Mercedes SLK is behind the improvement in retained values. CAP Monitor Editor Jeff Knight said: 'Historically the SLK has suffered something of an image problem, sometimes unkindly described as a car for the more well-heeled hairdresser.
'The new, more aggressive, design removes that image problem and ensures it will appeal to a broader spectrum of buyers.
'The design cues of the interior, borrowed from the high-performance SLS, add significant appeal in particular. Every other aspect of the car has been enhanced too, and all of this is reflected in a very strong forecast residual value.'
Mercedes SLK prices start at £29,970 for the SLK 200 BlueEfficiency model, with the Sport trim adding £4,000. Later in the year, the first-ever diesel-powered Mercedes SLK will arrive, using a 250 CDI four-cylinder diesel.
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