There’s nothing quite like driving a Mercedes. The brand is renowned for its exceptional style and craftsmanship, but when buying a new or used Mercedes there are a few important things to keep in mind. Here’s a look at ten tips that all drivers should remember.
1. Know your history. Whether you’re buying a C-class, which is among the most popular used Mercedes for collectors, or another vehicle, you should be aware of changes throughout the history of the model that you’re buying. Even a year can make a big difference in features.
2. Get a vehicle report. Even if you’re buying a luxury Mercedes, accidents happen and they’re not always immediately apparent.
3. Have a mechanic check for rust, especially in the suspension of newer C-class vehicles. You can check the car yourself if you’re fairly handy, but know the problem points of the model that you’re looking at so that you won’t end up with a lemon. Mercedes generally means quality, but no two cars are created equal and it’s common sense to get a professional inspection–even on a new car with good service history.
4. Never buy sight unseen. The Internet is a great place to get a deal on a used Mercedes, but make sure you’re able to visually inspect the car before you pay.
5. Your new Mercedes may come with factory or aftermarket wheels. These can affect value, so find out what you’re getting ahead of time.
6. Look at insurance costs, particularly when you’re getting a newer luxury Mercedes. Insurance premiums could drive you over budget if you aren’t careful, as Mercedes are popular vehicles among both collectors and car thieves. A good car alarm isn’t a bad investment if you’re getting an S-Class.
7. It’s exciting to test drive a new Mercedes, but if you’re buying new, carefully read the vehicle warranty. If you’re planning on modifications, check which parts of the warranty they’ll affect.
8. When you buy a Mercedes, you’ll have the option of coupes, luxury sedans, and SUVs. However, one constant is that vehicles devalue fairly quickly, so to save some money, you might look into barely-used vehicles or at least be aware of your vehicle’s devaluation.
9. Get a full service history of every Mercedes you buy, regardless of whether you’re buying from a dealer.
10. The MPG of your Mercedes probably isn’t your prime concern, but look online for fuel economy, annual service costs, and anything else that will affect the total price that you’ll end up paying for your vehicle.