Stirling’s purchase of Mercedes good buy. Letter to Editor

R. VOGT wrote in last week’s edition regarding expenditure by the City of Stirling on motor vehicles for the mayor and chief executive.

To the best of my knowledge, I have no connection to any local member or City employee, but I do feel some sense of perspective needs to be presented.

As reported in the Stirling Times on November 24, a City of Stirling spokeswoman advised that the vehicles were a Mercedes-Benz C250 and a CLA250.

The television report showed badging for one of these vehicles as C250D (for diesel).

Both vehicles were apparently obtained at a discounted price of $65,000 each.

The mayor’s previous vehicle was reported as a Holden Calise V8 that cost $60.000. There is no such car as a Calise. There is a Calais and a Caprice.

From the quoted price, I presume this vehicle was a Holden Caprice.

Even the person not over familiar with cars would have some appreciation of the size of a Holden Caprice compared say, to a Toyota Camry, the Caprice being far larger.

A Mercedes-Benz C250D is smaller than a Toyota Camry and as a diesel-engined vehicle of four cylinders, far more economical and environmentally friendly than a Holden Caprice.

The last available Glass’s Guide (an industry reference source) I could find for the Holden Caprice was for October 2015, which gave a projected resale after three years of 43 per cent of the original purchase price.

No later price could be found by me and I assume this to be because production ceases in 2017.

The latest forecast for a Mercedes Benz C250D is 60 per cent of purchase price.

So on all reasonable grounds, the City would appear to have made a sound judgment call on this issue.

MIKE ASHE, Carine.