Adam Flint, January 2007
I've bought and sold more cars than most. I usually find myself searching for months on end to find and then buy good cars. I always, always make them better than I find them and then usually sell these now great cars to enthusiasts who, hopefully continue the great work and preserve these modern MB classics for the next generation (GOD HELP US).
This is usually all well and good but I'm now experiencing the joys of first time fatherhood, and have recently started a pioneering business. This means my time is or should be taken-up elsewhere and trawling the internet sites and pounding the motorways and helping Vodafone return to profit are now long lost memories. Sound familiar?
Worry no more. Richard at Mercseller will lighten your load. I've personally bought two cars through the site and both were Super. Now he's just helped me sell a wonderful 500SEC to a long term enthusiast and rather nice chap looking for such a car. Richard helps the enthusiast buyer and seller. The buyer wastes no time looking for cars that often end-up being half described and the seller is not subjected to time wasting one time Johnny's who thought SEC's had four doors.
Keep-up the good work Richard. Mercnuts at the Grove In May?????
Clarity SMC LLP
Comment By Steve Lock...a further word of support for Richard and his customers .... as usual Richard provided me with sound advice around the pluses and minuses of owning a 380 slc and - taking into account his (very accurate assessment) of my needs persuaded me to visit Adam and his beautiful sec 500 (now mine to provide the same care and attention - garage clearing at the double). the thing i have found about Richard's vendors is that a test drive is just that. it is not a 5 minute round the block - give me the money kind of arrangement. It is an opportunity for merc owners to demonstrate the capabilities of their pride and joy. So Adam gave me chapter and verse about the car - kindly drove me a certain distance into the Staffordshire countryside and allowed me to meander back and get a full feel of the car on main and country roads. he couldn't have been more helpful and honest - and he certainly knows his mercs! so many thanks to Richard for the intermediation (long word for a Tuesday night) and to Adam for his time and consideration. Cheers! Steve
Ian Stratton, January 2007
How little things can make a big difference...The Tipping Point...Richard, Sorry to hear that you've been in hospital and hope that you are now recovering. You need to change your lifestyle!!
I'm simply writing you this to let you know how glad I am of your kind recommendation of Malcolm Gladwell's book "The Tipping Point", which is really fascinating.
I will, just as I have with your website, recommend this book to others and would seriously urge every person within the Mercseller community to buy it as soon as they can.
It does take a lot to impress me, and this book did it!!!
Get well very soon
All the best
Comment By Dj Carlos St.Bean...Big hello to Richard and all @ Mercseller. What a fantastic addition this website and Richards friendship have become in my family's life. It took him one afternoon to get us the car we wanted with cash to spare. And for a Dj like myself too meet one of the most avid soul music lovers in town, this is our Richard! A man who successfully mixes business and pleasure...the rarest of talents.
Comment By John Radburn...Hi Richard, just read you've been poorly,hope you're feeling better,try and remember to take it easy,what would the Merc world do without you!! Johnny
Comment By Lee Hopcroft...Richard, sorry to hear you've been unwell. I hope you are on the mend now old chap. Best wishes. Lee.
Rob Miller, December 2006
Being a completely non mechanically minded novice the advice and setting up a meeting in Billericay to test and get a quote for some work was invaluable. I am thrilled with my 1979 350 SL and will like her even more when she has some minor bodywork dealt with and a colour change.
Well done and thank-you Richard and Mercseller.com!
John Radburn, December 2006
Hi Ian and Richard
Just a mail to let you know I arrived safe and sound and totally exhilarated on Saturday evening from Holyhead. The weekend has been a total adventure. The car is amazing to drive, so comfortable and smooth, the feeling of that steering wheel is quite amazing..Picked it up from Bill's on Friday, dropped the lads off a bottle of Irish whiskey to thank them for their work. Bill followed me in another car to show me the best road to Bishops Stortford and I was lucky he did; pulled into a service station to fill the car up and couldn't start it..!!Red faces all around as queues started forming behind me! Bill eventually arrived and saw that I was trying to start it in P?felt like an idiot but we did laugh about it. So off I went, very nervous I'll admit but made it to my mates house. The stares from people as you drive by is amazing, plenty of comments about the car.
On the road at 6.30 the next morning, a little nervous but gaining confidence with every mile. Didn't help that I had a red light on the dash. Trying to figure out what was wrong..that light wasn't there yesterday?! What have I done to the car?! Then realised after a few miles I hadn't fully depressed the hand brake, jiggled the handle and of course the light went off!! I swear lads I have driven a car before!! So up the M1, M6 with BBC Radio 1 keeping me company..what an amazing experience. The car responded so well,took it easy kept him at 50-65 mph. What can I say you've driven them so you know, but as this was my first experience it was quite emotional. Up through northern Wales, pushed up to 80 and the sound off the engine was marvellous! But only for a little bit,took it easy for most of it. Great views along the coast, and through all the tunnels cut into the mountains, felt like I was in Switzerland. Arrived in Holyhead just in time for the 2.30 ferry..
Back to Dublin and the interest in the car has been overwhelming. Went out that night to get something to eat and when I left the restaurant a gentleman approached, telling me he used to drive them in the early 70's. I asked him was he looking to buy one (trying to promote Mercseller) and he said he already had three of them and pointed over to his white 108!! So we chatted for a bit, told me I got a great deal (!) and invited me to the next classic show he's organising!! Not in the country 2 hours! So yesterday was spent showing the car to friends, went to see Gang of Four last night (not sure if you chaps know them?!) and the car was the hot topic of conversation. A friend's father who drove 280's and 450's came down to the house to see it, took it out for a drive and the look of joy on his face was heart warming..the car is so much more than that..
Thanks once again guys, this is something that will remain part of my life for a long time God willing. Ian, sorry we didn't get to meet, I had a lovely bottle of whiskey for yourself but hopefully you'll visit Dublin and we'll crack it open, you should see the place I think you'll fit right in.
Richard, good luck on the site I'll be doing my bit this end
P.S. Bags of interest about it every time I take it out,a total head turner as you rightly said!! Been singing your praises where I can...can't recommend you and the site highly enough. Keep up the Trojan work..nobody does it better!!
Roger Sewell, November 2006
CLASSIC MERC 'SPECIALISTS' SPECIALISE IN JUST ONE THING....taking your money (i.e. too much of it. Oh boy, do I wish I'd met Richard earlier in life - the money he'd have saved me! His exhaustive knowledge of the marque means that buyer and seller alike get the best possible deal. Richard WORKS at keeping clients happy, travelling the UK and physically vetting each and every classic Merc on his website. For the buyer, he sources only the very best. For the seller, suffice to say that Richard would be in his element in charge of door policy at Annabel's - he can spot a chav a mile away!
Comment By Dan Hancock...Sorry for being out of touch for so long, a combination of hard work, long holidays and my Merc being thieved have kept me nicely busy. Happy New Year to you all, I hope to see you all very soon at this infamous Grove place - as long as you let a currently Benzless friend come along...!
Comment By David Bradbury...Richard has sent me a link to this thread presumably to see if I'll add my voice to a meeting at The Grove, which I will. I'd certainly be on for looking over a few Mercs whilst sipping something cold. Don't think I'd get my wife along though, she puts milling about and talking about cars right up there with sticking hot pins in her eyes as a quality way of spending time. Let me know the date!
Comment By Adam Flint...Time to walk the walk Richard. You have a strong following. The Grove is calling. Mercnuts want something less stuffy than the MB clubs we all sign-up to. Give us our day. Annual MERCNUTS at The Grove in May. BTW my SEC is something else. The 500E is a fast car but it does take it's toll on the driver in time. The SEC is so refined, beautifully elegant and rolls with todays punches with ease. Where's Ian?
Comment By Susan Maxwell...Oh yes Caitlin shall go to the ball! All due to her "fairy" (not in that sense chaps) god-father. Richard the gold merc is fabulous and you are a wonderful person - thank you -The mother of the bride to be!
Rod Adams, November 2006
Hope you are well. My apologies for taking so long to get back to you. I've been pretty much flat out with work since I was down.
Anyway, just a short note to express my satisfaction with the service you provided. The car was entirely as described and my experience of owning it so far has exceeded my expectations. It has clearly been well looked after by the two previous owners! The service you provided was excellent. It was a useful re-assurance to have a second opinion on the car. But more so, you saved me a lot of hassle picking my up at Luton and ferrying me to see the car. It was also some comfort to know that I wasn't going to meet a total stranger, to look at a car in a part of the country I'm not familiar with, with a large wad of cash in my pocket!
The journey home to Aberdeen was entirely uneventful with the car performing effortlessly. I arrived home at 10.30pm, so made quite good time!
So once again, thanks for the service. If you ever need anyone to look over a car (or even need a North East Scotland rep?) or whatever in my neck of the woods, do give me a call.