The U.S. Marshals sold a used Mercedes Benz in New Jersey on October 23 that had last been owned by convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff as part of a plan to liquidate all of his assets to help pay restitution for his victims.
Held in East Brunswick, the auction for the black 2001 Mercedes Benz E320 wagon is “just the beginning, and not the end, of the liquidation of Madoff properties,” said James Plousis, U.S. Marshal for New Jersey, according to a Star-Ledger report. Other scammers like Samuel Israel also had their vehicles prepared for auction today.
While the stigma surrounding by the financiers may have limited interest from some in these auctions, a used Mercedes Benz wagon in New Jersey could be a worthwhile addition for some buyers.
The 2004 E-class includes a hydraulically controlled loading tray for heavier items going in the trunk, and a redesign from the year before means “the E-Class lost most of the heavy feel that was unpleasantly noticeable on previous models,” according to Cars.com.
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was recently spotted by celebrity photographers as the swimming star picked up his customized roadster from an auto tuning shop, but buyers considering a convertible don’t need world reknown to check out used Mercedes Benz CLKs in New Jersey.
Phelps’ SL63 may be outside of the price range of some, both because of the initial price point and the extensive customization he had done to it, including darkened tail lights and larger-diameter glossy black wheels to complete the now-common all-black look popular on many celebrity vehicles.
But if a convertible is what you’re looking for from the German automaker, finding a 2005 model may be a worthwhile choice when perusing used Mercedes Benz CLKs in New Jersey.
They’re somewhat less expensive than the model owned by Phelps, but they offer a “melding of comfort and performance suitable for all but the most serious driving enthusiasts,” with a price range closer to that of a new Accord, reports Edmunds.com. The 2005 model also includes a newer seven-speed automatic transmission to utilize more engine power than previous examples.
Renee Zellweger has been spotted on several occasions making her way through Los Angeles in a military-inspired German car, and it could inspire future purchases of used Mercedes Benz G-Classes in New York.
The actress hasn’t explained her reason for appearing in at least three separate versions of the luxury SUV, but it may have something to do with the commanding presence that melds luxury with the protection of a design originally offered to armed forces in Europe.
While it has the luxury automaker’s interior design cues, buyers may also be interested in owning a used Mercedes Benz G-class in New York for its ability to manage offroad issues with aplomb.
“Not only does the G500 look ready to tackle the most demanding terrain, but it also feels ready,” notes a Cars.com review of the 2005 model.
Along with the variety of terrain it can manage, buyers may also be interested in the heated front rear seats and automatic climate controls in the cabin, as well as a premium sound system, notes the website.
Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker was recently spotted stepping out of a Mercedes-Benz cabriolet on the set of the upcoming movie sequel being filmed in New York City. While it may be difficult to afford some of the fashions seen in the film, a used Mercedes-Benz CLK in New York may offer some of the same flair in the form of automotive styling.
Parker’s appearance offered the first view of the 2011 E-Class convertible, a new model that is expected to supplant the CLK in the German automaker’s product line. Previous reports were only of renderings or spy photos of the two-door roadster.
Buyers will no longer see the CLK, and will instead find the E-class cabriolet as well as a new C-series convertible in coming years, but those interested in a luxury convertible may be able to find used Mercedezs-Benz CLKs in New York for the price of a new midsize sedan thanks to depreciation.
The 2005 model offers a “stylish melding of comfort and performance suitable for all but the most serious driving enthusiasts,” noted Edmunds.com. The car also included a newer automatic transmission for smoother shifts.
Bill Clinton recently flew to North Korea on a surprise visit to agitate for the release of two journalists by authorities there, and eagle-eyed buyers considering used Mercedes-Benz S-Classes in New Jersey may have caught the former president riding a similar style limousine.
Stretched and regular versions of the S-Class sedan are popular among celebrities and government officials like Clinton, as well as people worldwide who see the car as a vehicle that is a sign of affluence, according to a Totalcar report.
Buyers may want to consider buying their own used Mercedes-Benz S-Class in New Jersey, as older models may offer the luxury automaker’s top car at a more affordable price.
With room for five to sit comfortably, the 2004 model is a “smooth and supremely capable cruiser” with “performance that approaches the level of stunning,” according to Cars.com reviewer Jim Flammang.
The “base” model, an S430, also comes standard with a 275-horsepower V8 engine, and a new transmission introduced that year enables motorists to have access to more of the car’s power band while driving, Flammang added.
Buyers who would like the prestige of driving a luxury sedan but who only have the money for entry-level models may want to consider used Mercedez-Bens E-Classes in New York, according to Car and Driver.
The automotive enthusiasts there recommend the most recent generation, which was produced from 2003 to 2009, saying that the mid-size German sedan “will retain its status for some time.”
The base model comes equipped with an engine that offers good power throughout the RPM range, while all models offer drivers an interior that is “luxurious, roomy, and fitted with every safety feature,” added the magazine’s reviewers.
Potential buyers enticed by the magazine’s enthusiasm may want to check out a 2003 model of the used Mercedes Benz E-Class in New York.
That was the first year of the latest generation, and offers a “more elegant” exterior and a price point now that is less than the price of a new Honda Civic, notes Edmunds.com
While driving through busy streets in a used Mercedes-Benz SUV in New York may seem stressful, one company says that extra security can help limit some concerns.
Texas Armoring says that the problems of safety along the Rio Grande River because of the Mexican drug trade have led to an increase in consumers looking to add more protection to their car through armor plating and other features.
But that has extended to other areas of the country, and “business owners, professionals, political figures, religious leaders, executives, and their families have all become targets and no one feels safe,” says Trent Kimball, president and CEO of TAC.
He adds that some cities in the U.S. have seen kidnapping rates increase to become among the highest in the world.
For those who may be considering a used Mercedez-Bens SUV in New York, but may not want the additional armor, a 2004 M-Class could provide a safe haven for passengers.
Edmunds.com reviewers say that the bevy of safety features and all-weather capability make it a promising choice for those interested in luxury makes.
A number of industries across the country are struggling because of the economy, but one that that seems to be booming is luxury used cars.
Industry analysts say that while the new car market continues to dwindle, the luxury used car market continues to stay strong, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The strong market will get even stronger later this year, according to J.D. Power and Associates’ used-vehicle market analyst Stephan Schroeder, who told the paper that a number of luxury car leases will be turned in this year.
“There’s going to be a great supply of these three and four year old vehicles,” he told the Journal.
But price point isn’t the only factor increasing the sales of luxury used cars. According to Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation, the largest U.S. auto retailer and the largest U.S. seller of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, some people don’t think it’s right to buy a new car in these tough economic times.
“[I]t’s more socially acceptable to buy a pre-owned luxury car than to show up in a completely brand new luxury car,” he told the paper. “So they buy a used car.”
It would seem that this is the perfect time to make a purchase of any used car. Dow Jones recently reported that the price of used cars dropped 8 percent in 2008.
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