Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2013 - 2018) Buying & Selling

Review by Keith Jones on
Last Updated: 03 Aug 2016
3.5
Shunning the previous two generations’ MPV-like, high-roofed looks, the third iteration of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is sleeker and longer, with styling that could turn the heads of traditional Volkswagen Golf buyers. Rivalling the likes of the Audi A3 Sportback, BMW 1 Series and Volvo V40 in the upper echelons of the mid-sized family hatch market, the A-Class itself is also the basis for several other cars.
3 out of 5

Buying used

  • Wide choice available as used buys
  • Steer clear of lower-powered models
  • Research AMG A 45s very carefully

As Mercedes-Benz’s most popular model there will be a plentiful supply of A-Classes at both franchised sites and used car specialists, most being diesel-engined.

Many will be former company cars but that’s not a problem, providing they have been maintained and serviced to a high standard. It’s probably worth hunting out a post-2015 facelift model if you can due to their superior levels of comfort compared with the earlier models’ firmer ride.

Inevitably many will have been packed with optional equipment so it’s vital to check that everything works as it should because being a premium brand things could prove expensive to replace.

Sporty-looking A-Classes will be popular but tread carefully if you’re considering a full-fat Mercedes-AMG A 45 which may well have been driven hard and fast with great regularity.

It pays to spend time casting a beady eye over the bodywork and alloy wheels for signs of parking dents, kerbing damage and tyres in poor condition. Similarly, ensure all the paperwork seems legitimate and that it’s been serviced and maintained as it should have been, particularly if privately owned.

Calm your concerns further with a Parkers Car History Check to discover any hidden secrets.

See 2,862 used Mercedes-Benz A-Classs for sale, starting at £700

4 out of 5

Selling

  • Tidy up any minor damage
  • Get all the paperwork in order
  • Make your ad compelling

As the third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class is more of a conventional hatchback than its MPV-esque predecessors, it’s more attractive to a wider range of people, both new and used. While this will make it easier to sell, yours will be competing on the used market with many other similarly-specced models.

It’s worthwhile spending time preparing your A-Class thoroughly for sale, not just cleaning it inside and out, but making sure any dings, iffy paintwork and kerbed wheels are remedied before people come around to look at it.

Compose a well-written advert and spend time taking a good selection of photographs to promote your Mercedes – it could make all the difference between it selling quickly and not at all.