22 June 2004

If our recent triple test has whetted your appetite for Mercedes new SLK roadster, you may well be considering a trip to your local Mercedes dealership; our advice would be to do just that because, despite lengthy waiting lists, you might get a car sooner than you think.

Neither of the dealers we approached could guarantee us a car this year; Mercedes Epsom estimated the wait at 12 to 18 months, and Mercedes Brentford could promise an SLK 200, 350 or 55 AMG by March. One salesmen advised us to get a deposit down as soon as possible, however. ‘We estimate that 20 per cent of deposits taken are from speculators who might drop out of the list at an early stage. If that’s the case, we could deliver a car before the end of the year.’

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