You Could be Going Home in an Ambulance - 9th August, 2016
This 2010 Mercedes Sprinter ambulance is being retired from duty with just under 500,000kms on the clock and I bet it could tell a few stories if it could talk. It would be safe to say that a few lives were saved in this ambulance, and a few lost, too. And while many of those kilometres were racked up helping people in need there were probably also visits to people with haemorrhoids, hiccups and head colds, too.
The job of an ambulance is to get people to hospital quickly and safely and it’s often a life or death scenario. So you know the ambulance service isn’t going to use a vehicle that can’t hack it and they aren’t going to cut corners when it comes to servicing with so much riding on its reliability. So while it has been busy racking up some pretty serious mileage it’s fairly safe to say that it still has plenty of life left in it.
The Mercedes 318 Sprinter is a big van with loads of space but where it really excels is how it drives. It has a premium quality feel about it and the 3.0 Diesel engine has plenty of torque, propelling the big van along at a fair clip. And despite its size it drives like a car, albeit a very big yellow one. All this premium quality doesn’t come cheap when you buy one of these new, with a price tag north of $65k. But this ex-ambulance, with a useful paint scheme when it comes to dealing with rush hour traffic, has an auction estimate of just $7500 - $8500. Considering used values of these vans are strong even when they’ve travelled big kilometres it’s a bit of a potential bargain. So it not only saves lives but it could also save you money.
The auction for this heroic people mover is on Thursday (11/08) at Turners Wellington. It could be the least traumatic way you ever get to go home in an ambulance if you buy it. More details here.
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