Bargain priced basic Mercedes Benz C Class from Drivethedeal. £10K off list.
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Bargain priced basic Mercedes Benz C Class from Drivethedeal. £10K off list.

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Found 6th Aug
A good alternative to leasing if you're not worried about all the bells and whistles. Personally I would pay more and get one of the autos but for the price to get into a new Merc it's a bargain. A 3 year old car costs £15K on Autotrader. You have to sign up for the finance but you can cancel within 14 days if you wish.

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS SALOON C200 SE 4DR MANUAL
Brand new car, available for September delivery on a New “67” Registration. You will be the first registered Keeper.

Available in either Solid Black or Polar White with Black Artico leather interior.

This model carries the following features as part of its standard specification:

  • 16" alloy wheels – Multi-spoke design
  • Headlamps – halogen with integral LED daytime running lamps
  • Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • Reversing camera
  • SPEEDTRONIC cruise control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Seat Comfort package – driver and front passenger seat
  • Audio20 CD with 7-inch colour display
  • DAB digital radio tuner
The Mercedes-Benz dealer is able to install Mercedes Garmin navigation at an additional £500.Please note your requirement for this on your order or enquiry.

The quoted prices include a £4,770 Deposit contribution conditional upon you taking out PCP or Hire Purchase finance at 4.9% APR. Please note if you do not wish to take out this finance please add £4,770 to the price quoted.

12 months road fund licence is included as standard. All cars must be delivered by the 30th September 2017 to qualify for this offer.

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Heat added for a Mercedes but they are not now built the same. Artico leather indeed.... It's plastic lol. The days of super mercs are gone. Another car for the masses

peterdarlison2 m ago

Heat added for a Mercedes but they are not now built the same. Artico …Heat added for a Mercedes but they are not now built the same. Artico leather indeed.... It's plastic lol. The days of super mercs are gone. Another car for the masses


Can't speak for the C Class but the 2015 E Class was just as luxurious as the old 2001 E Class. Can't comment on reliability though as I don't own one now.

I heard they were built in Brazil

I've had two Merc's, an ML and a GL, I certainly wouldn't have another one probably two of the worst cars I've ever had for problems and terrible service from main dealers.

peterdarlison42 m ago

Heat added for a Mercedes but they are not now built the same. Artico …Heat added for a Mercedes but they are not now built the same. Artico leather indeed.... It's plastic lol. The days of super mercs are gone. Another car for the masses

Just like any other car manufacturer they build to a price. If you buy an A class or a basic C class like this one expect to get what you pay for. If you're buying an S class, GL or SL then there is a huge difference. Mercedes were way worse from 00-07 anyway.

This sounds slightly bogus: the claim appears to be that one could buy this car for £18,995 including a £4,770 deposit contribution from the finance company, then cancel the loan agreement within 14 days. I think the loan company would want its £4,770 back making the price £24765,

I had a 2009 c class from new which i changed for a 2012 and i now have a 2014 M class but although i obviously am a fan i have to say i will be looking elsewhere for my next car.
To me Mercedes seem to have reduced the quality of the c class as the car became more popular.
Just my opinion and they are still nice cars.
Heat added for the price

I also suspect that the Finance Company wouldn't simply let you walk away with their £4,770 contribution unchallenged? If they do then it's a good deal if you're after a C Class?


It's interesting to see the huge discounts available and the cars that these are available on, on the DrivetheDeal website. Presumably these are marques/models that can't be shifted without these huge discounts?

Original Poster

admpgk29 m ago

I also suspect that the Finance Company wouldn't simply let you walk away …I also suspect that the Finance Company wouldn't simply let you walk away with their £4,770 contribution unchallenged? If they do then it's a good deal if you're after a C Class?It's interesting to see the huge discounts available and the cars that these are available on, on the DrivetheDeal website. Presumably these are marques/models that can't be shifted without these huge discounts?

I can't speak for Mercedes Finance but I bought a VW through their finance and was able to do this. A quick call to a dealer would confirm this.

Original Poster

Disco.Dave2 h, 44 m ago

I heard they were built in Brazil


Not sure why it matters, but I'm pretty sure that the UK bound C Classes are coming from Germany

Trickytimes22 m ago

I can't speak for Mercedes Finance but I bought a VW through their finance …I can't speak for Mercedes Finance but I bought a VW through their finance and was able to do this. A quick call to a dealer would confirm this.


So you bought a VW on hire purchase or a PCP, got a depostit contribution from the finance company, cancelled it straight away, and the finance company let you keep the contribution?

I've never bought a car on HP or a PCP, but I do find that rather incredible to me. I always pay cash for cars, but if that is possible I'll certainly do it next time (and why doesn't everyone do it?).
Edited by: "othen" 6th Aug

othen5 m ago

So you bought a VW on hire purchase or a PCP, got a depostit contribution …So you bought a VW on hire purchase or a PCP, got a depostit contribution from the finance company, cancelled it straight away, and the finance company let you keep the contribution? I've never bought a car on HP or a PCP, but I do find that rather incredible to me. I always pay cash for cars, but if that is possible I'll certainly do it next time (and why doesn't everyone do it?).

I did exactly that with mine. Bought a used car for which they gave me a 1k dealer deposit if I took out 13.9% finance. There is nothing they can do. You are entitled to settle within the cooling off period with no penalty.

Trickytimes1 h, 4 m ago

I can't speak for Mercedes Finance but I bought a VW through their finance …I can't speak for Mercedes Finance but I bought a VW through their finance and was able to do this. A quick call to a dealer would confirm this.

I have done the same thing with mini finance. Cancel after a couple of months, you will only pay a few £ in interest as the loan is HP so they can only charge you interest on the amount outstanding and period.

rprp40 m ago

I did exactly that with mine. Bought a used car for which they gave me a …I did exactly that with mine. Bought a used car for which they gave me a 1k dealer deposit if I took out 13.9% finance. There is nothing they can do. You are entitled to settle within the cooling off period with no penalty.


... that seems an incredible scam, I can't imagine why Money Saving Expert &c are not telling everyone to do it.

I have had a current C class and it's a fine car. Feel good interior, makes you feel like you are driving something nice. A BMW or Audi may drive better but I find you dont have the nice interior surroundings of the current C class.

However.....

You must be mad if you want to buy a manual c class mercedes. If you can't afford an auto then don't do it. You'll regret it!
Edited by: "ninjin" 6th Aug

Trickytimes2 h, 47 m ago

Not sure why it matters, but I'm pretty sure that the UK bound C Classes …Not sure why it matters, but I'm pretty sure that the UK bound C Classes are coming from Germany

It doesn't matter. Same robots programmed by same engineers build them all over the world.

othen1 h, 44 m ago

... that seems an incredible scam, I can't imagine why Money Saving Expert …... that seems an incredible scam, I can't imagine why Money Saving Expert &c are not telling everyone to do it.

Because MSE don't get commission from that?

Ooh, you get seats in the front as well :


This model carries the following features as part of its standard specification:

  • 16" alloy wheels – Multi-spoke design
  • Headlamps – halogen with integral LED daytime running lamps
  • Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • Reversing camera
  • SPEEDTRONIC cruise control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Seat Comfort package – driver and front passenger seat
  • Audio20 CD with 7-inch colour display
  • DAB digital radio tuner

othen6 h, 35 m ago

So you bought a VW on hire purchase or a PCP, got a depostit contribution …So you bought a VW on hire purchase or a PCP, got a depostit contribution from the finance company, cancelled it straight away, and the finance company let you keep the contribution? I've never bought a car on HP or a PCP, but I do find that rather incredible to me. I always pay cash for cars, but if that is possible I'll certainly do it next time (and why doesn't everyone do it?).


We do...and the deposit contribution is usually from the manufacturer.

Has anyone done a finance quote? What did it roughly come out as if so?

othen7 h, 22 m ago

So you bought a VW on hire purchase or a PCP, got a depostit contribution …So you bought a VW on hire purchase or a PCP, got a depostit contribution from the finance company, cancelled it straight away, and the finance company let you keep the contribution? I've never bought a car on HP or a PCP, but I do find that rather incredible to me. I always pay cash for cars, but if that is possible I'll certainly do it next time (and why doesn't everyone do it?).



You are not canceling it...you are settling it. There's a world of difference - you are entitled to settle any loan at any time and pay the appropriate amount of interest owed under the consumer regulations act. Your agreement says you have agreed to borrow X amount of money at Y level of interest over Z number of years. If you choose to pay off X 15 days later that's up to you...so you just pay 15 days of interest.

othen6 h, 40 m ago

... that seems an incredible scam, I can't imagine why Money Saving Expert …... that seems an incredible scam, I can't imagine why Money Saving Expert &c are not telling everyone to do it.


It is no scam. The right to cancel a finance agreement and fund your purchase by other means within 14 days is enshrined in UK consumer law. A gifted deposit contribution cannot be clawed back if you cancel the finance within the "cooling off" period. Many people don't have the means to lay their hands on the money to do this, but for those that do or have a cheaper loan set up elsewhere it is a legit thing to do, athough the finance company won't like it.
Edited by: "monkeyhanger75" 6th Aug

Tallyho2 h, 23 m ago

Ooh, you get seats in the front as well :This model carries the following …Ooh, you get seats in the front as well :This model carries the following features as part of its standard specification:16" alloy wheels – Multi-spoke designHeadlamps – halogen with integral LED daytime running lampsRain-sensing windscreen wipersReversing cameraSPEEDTRONIC cruise controlTyre pressure monitoring systemSeat Comfort package – driver and front passenger seatAudio20 CD with 7-inch colour displayDAB digital radio tuner


Well obviously they mean you get the comfort package on those seats only. Wouldn't want someone to get confused now

Tallyho2 h, 30 m ago

Ooh, you get seats in the front as well :This model carries the following …Ooh, you get seats in the front as well :This model carries the following features as part of its standard specification:16" alloy wheels – Multi-spoke designHeadlamps – halogen with integral LED daytime running lampsRain-sensing windscreen wipersReversing cameraSPEEDTRONIC cruise controlTyre pressure monitoring systemSeat Comfort package – driver and front passenger seatAudio20 CD with 7-inch colour displayDAB digital radio tuner

It is stating that the driver and front passenger seats are upgraded under some sort of comfort package but not the rear seats.

monkeyhanger7557 m ago

It is no scam. The right to cancel a finance agreement and fund your …It is no scam. The right to cancel a finance agreement and fund your purchase by other means within 14 days is enshrined in UK consumer law. A gifted deposit contribution cannot be clawed back if you cancel the finance within the "cooling off" period. Many people don't have the means to lay their hands on the money to do this, but for those that do or have a cheaper loan set up elsewhere it is a legit thing to do, athough the finance company won't like it.


This still sounds very unlikely to succeed to me.

Nice cars, and good reliability these days too. Excellent price. Only downsides really the sky-high servicing costs that you're pretty much locked into, plus the envy brigade scratching down the panels with a screwdriver.

othen1 h, 21 m ago

This still sounds very unlikely to succeed to me.


All I can say is that it's succeeded a couple of times for us and if you just have a search on motoring sites you will find lots of similar reports.

Just speak to drive the deal.Very respected car broker but most of their deals now are based on you taking the manufacturer finance to get the discount .They will confirm you can pay the car off .They sell thousands of cars so benefit from dealer contributions .Shame it's not off the amg sport version.

Newbold1 h, 32 m ago

Nice cars, and good reliability these days too. Excellent price. Only …Nice cars, and good reliability these days too. Excellent price. Only downsides really the sky-high servicing costs that you're pretty much locked into, plus the envy brigade scratching down the panels with a screwdriver.


Shame merc .BMW .Audi are still well down on the owners surveys like jd power .auto express.You would think they would want to be top dogs in a owners survey .Lexus have been in top 2/3 for god knows how many years .High service costs let them all down as they don't play fair with customers .

Should be around £299/month if there's zero customer deposit, assuming it's a 36 month PCP. Balloon payment of about £10k.

Not too shabby.
Edited by: "satchef1" 7th Aug

twinkle6 h, 56 m ago

All I can say is that it's succeeded a couple of times for us and if you …All I can say is that it's succeeded a couple of times for us and if you just have a search on motoring sites you will find lots of similar reports.


So you have actually done this yourself several times? It seems incredible to me that the manufacturers and finance companies allow it.
I always pay cash fo cars, and generally I find that doing so is worth £5,000 off a £30,000 car (that does not work with Porsche though - no discounts!) - so perhaps the amounts are no dissimilar. I'm still amazed this is not widely advertised by MSE &c.

othen9 h, 49 m ago

This still sounds very unlikely to succeed to me.


It is fact. I have done it (for my wife's A1, which I settled in full a day into the cooling off period). It is a consumer right to do so. Try doing a bit of research before doubting, and then continuing to doubt when multiple people tell you the same thing.

The dealership doesn't want you to do it because they won't get a kickback from the finance. The finance company don't want you to do it because they won't get your interest.

On a PCP for a car with good residuals and a 6% interest rate, about 1/3 of your monthly payment is interest.

othen21 h, 41 m ago

This sounds slightly bogus: the claim appears to be that one could buy …This sounds slightly bogus: the claim appears to be that one could buy this car for £18,995 including a £4,770 deposit contribution from the finance company, then cancel the loan agreement within 14 days. I think the loan company would want its £4,770 back making the price £24765,

​nah I had a similar deal on my fiesta st, I paid off the finance within the second month and had no issues

othen8 h, 25 m ago

So you have actually done this yourself several times? It seems incredible …So you have actually done this yourself several times? It seems incredible to me that the manufacturers and finance companies allow it.I always pay cash fo cars, and generally I find that doing so is worth £5,000 off a £30,000 car (that does not work with Porsche though - no discounts!) - so perhaps the amounts are no dissimilar. I'm still amazed this is not widely advertised by MSE &c.

As a rule, you will get better discounts by taking finance than you will cash. Generally, the interest paid on the loan will erode the value of the additional discount, but pay it off immediately if you can and you are quids in. Cash isn't king as far as new car sales are concerned.

That is an interesting opinion, but I notice that from the same Drive the Deal page there is a MERCEDES-BENZ SLC DIESEL ROADSTER SLC 250D AMG LINE 2DR 9G-TRONIC on sale for £30.495 against a list price of £47,825 or a saving of £17,330 (no HP based deposit contribution - just a discount on the cash price). If I hadn't bought a Porsche Boxster this year I'd have one of those for cash and save the 5.6% interest.
Edited by: "othen" 7th Aug

ninjin6th Aug

I have had a current C class and it's a fine car. Feel good interior, …I have had a current C class and it's a fine car. Feel good interior, makes you feel like you are driving something nice. A BMW or Audi may drive better but I find you dont have the nice interior surroundings of the current C class.However.....You must be mad if you want to buy a manual c class mercedes. If you can't afford an auto then don't do it. You'll regret it!

Have to disagree, I have a 2011 c220 manual, love it, but I hate automatics anyway

josephallen4 h, 9 m ago

As a rule, you will get better discounts by taking finance than you will …As a rule, you will get better discounts by taking finance than you will cash. Generally, the interest paid on the loan will erode the value of the additional discount, but pay it off immediately if you can and you are quids in. Cash isn't king as far as new car sales are concerned.


So this is the Hire Purchase finance option, not PCP, where you give the deposit and monthly payments to own the car however you settle the full amount of £18,995 in the next day or two by ringing up the finance company? Am I right in saying that?

CHUNGHO12 h, 23 m ago

So this is the Hire Purchase finance option, not PCP, where you give the …So this is the Hire Purchase finance option, not PCP, where you give the deposit and monthly payments to own the car however you settle the full amount of £18,995 in the next day or two by ringing up the finance company? Am I right in saying that?


I'm interested in this. I think you must be right: from what I understand it would not work with a PCP deal where the driver never owns the car, only with a HP contract where the car secures the loan.

othen2 h, 6 m ago

I'm interested in this. I think you must be right: from what I understand …I'm interested in this. I think you must be right: from what I understand it would not work with a PCP deal where the driver never owns the car, only with a HP contract where the car secures the loan.



I don't know if PCP would work in this instance but unless you pay off the deposit, monthly payments and the balloon payment as well in one go, wouldn't the car be yours? I always thought it only applies to hire purchase, unless the contract terms says something about not allowed to pay it off? I don't know, i'll let someone else enlighten us all.

othen3 h, 31 m ago

I'm interested in this. I think you must be right: from what I understand …I'm interested in this. I think you must be right: from what I understand it would not work with a PCP deal where the driver never owns the car, only with a HP contract where the car secures the loan.


I don't see why this would make any difference. I've received manufacturer discount on a PCP deal (Ford) but actually went on to complete the whole deal paying off the ballooon payment....but I could have paid off all monies owing at any time during the contract...you just ask for a settlement figure from the finance company and pay it off. T
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