For the past 15 years or so, Mercedes-Benz and AMG would take their flagship sedan, put a twin-turbo V12 in it that makes enough power to pull a barge of coal, and sell it for over $200,000. Then before the dealership owner’s nephew gets a chance to scratch the paint up by “washing” it, it isn’t worth $200,000 anymore. Mile after mile, the car is worth less. Significantly less. Like, “I could have gone to Harvard” less. Until we are here today, some five years later, where the car has lost over $160,000 in depreciation. Still the same car, same 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque, and of course, same running costs. Tempting?
Hell hath no fury like depreciation on a Maybach. A few years ago I looked at a Maybach 57s that, in terms of pure insanity to buy and maintain, was probably at the top of the list. Not only was the technology already badly dated, but it has some truly eye-wateringly expensive parts on it like a watercooled alternator that can only be bought used for $8,000. Today, I have another Maybach that is probably in the same boat as the car from over three years ago. This 2016 S600 has everything you could want out of an ultra-luxury car including two little pillows for you nap on or have the world’s most posh pillow fight with your backseat companion. The reason I am looking at this example specifically is because despite it being a 2016, it has almost 118,000 miles on. You know what that means in terms of price.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 on eBay
You are probably wondering why I am featuring a relatively new Mercedes-Benz S-Class that is quite common and outside of being really packed with tech, isn’t all that interesting once you’ve been around it for some time. Well, this 2015 S550 4Matic up for sale in New Jersey combines my two favorite things when it comes to German cars: massive depreciation and high miles. Granted, this car doesn’t have particularly high miles at 111,739, but you do the math at the car being roughly three years-old, you can see that thing car has been on the road a lot. When it comes to the depreciation on this car, the numbers get even better.