Custom Cruise Friday
Don Wheaton sales professional Nabeel Baig can confidently look over his life knowing he’s pretty much done everything right up to this point. If he has any regrets, it’s when he sold his 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK 280 convertible. Baig purchased the car as a lease return in 2010 with very few miles on it during a break from his schooling. He knew he had only a limited time to take advantage of the money in his pocket and freedom before hitting the books, taking home a sharp-looking, powerful convertible was the only logical thing to do.
“I knew I had to go back to school. (But) I didn’t know what would happen then,” Baid said. “I had some money now and I wanted to be happy. You only live once.”
Being young and driving around in a Silver Metallic German-built convertible with leather interior is an outstanding way to live. Some people would think having a convertible this far north of the equator wouldn’t be the most prudent choice a person could make. For anyone that hasn’t been paying attention to this point, not all vehicle purchases are about that. What makes the SLK 280 convertible an especially unique vehicle is the Mercedes-Benz Air Scarf system. Hot air is forced through vents near the headrests creating an air dam and allowing for a comfortable open roof ride at temperatures as low as minus-two Celsius.
What is an “Air scarf”
Under the hood of the 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK 280 was a 3.0-liter, V-6 engine using a seven-speed transmission with paddle shifters. The lightweight architecture of the retractable hard top convertible gave it a very favorable power to weight ratio, perfect for long cruises through the mountainous regions of western Canada.
“I took it in the mountains as much as I could,” Baig said. “It’s a different view with a convertible.”
Obviously, a Mercedes-Benz convertible isn’t meant for winter driving. Baig had a BMW sedan for than. When he finally decided to go back to school, he knew he couldn’t keep both cars. He listed both for sale, holding out hope that the BMW model would attract interest first. That way he could justify having a Mercedes-Benz convertible as a college student. However, the SLK was seized upon by a motivated buyer within days; even though Baig listed the car with price he didn’t really think anyone would accept.
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A few extra thousand dollars in your pocket can’t soften the punch of nearly instant regret.
“That is one of my top three favorite cars,” Baig said. “I loved the way it made me feel confident. Being noticed and having something different is nice. But I liked how it felt driving it.”
This hard lesson has provided Baig with a perspective that carries over to his work as a sales professional with Don Wheaton. The loss of this car makes him a credible source of advice for people unsure of what to do when faced with a difficult decision.
“I tell them, ‘Don’t buy for the payments, buy something you’ll love,'” Baid said.
If you have a special, custom or modified vehicle in your life that you would like to see profiled in a Custom Cruise Friday post, contact Don Wheaton Brand Manager Melina Kawecki by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to send photos and pertinent information and we will be in touch.