Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon (2014 -) Buying & Selling

Review by Gareth Evans on
Last Updated: 26 May 2016
4.5
This is the next generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon, the firm’s popular premium executive saloon. It now shares much of its technology with the flagship Mercedes product – the S-Class.

4.5 out of 5

Buying new

We’re expecting the C-Class Saloon to prove very popular with company car drivers and retail customers. Specifying very particular optional extras may have a negative impact on delivery time, but you need to weigh that up against the fact that options such as the panoramic sunroof and air suspension are going to be very attractive to second-hand buyers.

There isn’t likely to be much of a discount on offer since demand will be so high, but perhaps the dealer will consider throwing in some optional extras for free or do you a good deal on a car they already have on the forecourt.

Internet brokers aren’t a bad place to look for a good deal, but don’t forget you won’t have any say in the equipment or finish on the car.

Thanks to the MercedesMe service mentioned in the Running Costs section of this review, it’s easy for prospective buyers to see what they’ll be in for when buying a new C-Class.

4.5 out of 5

Buying used

A savvy car buyer may be wise to investigate ex-fleet cars. This is going to be an incredibly popular company vehicle, and so there are likely to be cars on the market with relatively high mileage representing great value. While the miles are high, such cars are fastidiously maintained and should be in tip-top condition.

To get the best value for money it’s wise to try and find cars with lots of optional extras installed. They’ll be more desirable for your ownership but will also be easier to sell on later.

For extra peace of mind, you could consider buying from a Mercedes dealership too so you can benefit from a manufacturers’ warranty.

Don’t forget to carry out a Parkers Car History Check as part of your car-buying process. Many cars have a hidden past which reaches back to bite new owners, but carrying out one of our checks will absolve you of that concern.

See 1,080 used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloons for sale, starting at £4,495

4 out of 5

Selling

There’s likely to be a lot of C-Class models around, so it’s going to pay to spend some time making sure your car is absolutely pristine.

That extends to its history file too, where you need to keep all previous servicing, maintenance and MOT details where applicable.

Cars with desirable optional extras such as a panoramic sunroof or air suspension are going to be easier to sell than those of a standard specification.