Read this before you buy a used Mercedes-Benz

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When it comes to buying cars there are a lot of rules to follow, and that means there are a lot of mistakes that can be made. When it’s time to make a big purchase like buying a Mercedes-Benz, you definitely don’t want to make any slip ups. Here are some important rules to keep in mind when you go to buy your luxury car:

Do Your Homework

Before you step foot into a dealership, be prepared. Research different models and their years to get a better understanding of what’s available. Educate yourself on the specific model you are searching and read online reviews, watch performance videos or search the news to learn more about recalls or other issues that may have come up with the particular model or models you are looking for.

Make Sure to Scan Used Mercedes Benz for Fault Codes

These top-quality cars are loaded with all sorts of electronic and technological options. While this is mostly considered to be a plus, it can also cause problems when buying used. Many potential electrical problems aren´t visible to the trained eye of a mechanic.

When you are purchasing a used Mercedes Benz, make sure to find a mechanic who has a scanner to check for any fault codes. This will let you know whether or not there are any serious electrical or technical problems to the car’s gadgets that might cause you expensive troubles down the road.

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High mileage Mercedes may be a good idea

Mercedes models with high mileage are frequently available due to the resilience of the running gear. There is a common misconception that cars with high mileage should be avoided at all costs, but this is not necessarily the case. The most important aspect when considering any used Mercedes is the history, which you can verify via a free VIN check. Check that each service interval has been observed and carried out correctly within the specified time frame. The other key point to check is whether genuine Mercedes parts have been used where possible, this includes filters and other service items, as well as recommended lubricants.

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Know the Language

Paying attention to the labels that different pre-owned vehicles use is a big part of the buying process. Some carry titles such as used, pre-owned, or Certified Pre-Owned. But what do they all mean?

Only licensed Mercedes-Benz dealerships sell Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. These cars are a cut above other used vehicles and are often hand-selected by the dealer. Independent dealers offer used cars, many of which do not undergo the same rigorous inspections. So it might be a good idea to have them looked over by a mechanic. Independent dealers also may not offer warranties or other benefits such as road-side assistance, that come standard with all Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes.

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Is it worth buying a 5, 10, 15-year-old Mercedes-Benz?

Used Mercedes vehicles depreciate at a higher rate than economy cars. This fact makes them very appealing in the used car market. That’s why the initial purchase price of a used Mercedes-Benz is not your primary problem. Mercedes-Benz cars had a reputation of being able to run forever! The truth is that certain Mercedes-Benz engines and transmissions can still run “forever”. While others models and trims don’t live up to the Mercedes-Benz motto: “The best or nothing” Mercedes-Benz by no means are trouble-free cars like they used to be in the 80s and 90s. Well, even then they weren’t quite trouble free but they were the cars that set the bar higher.  In the recent years, Mercedes-Benz cars have advanced even more with sophisticated and cutting-edge technology.

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