How to Buy a Mercedes

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Mercedes Benz is one of the most recognized and respected luxury car makers in the world. Unsurprisingly, Mercedes cars don't come cheap, so knowing what to look for when you buy is key to making the right choice when it comes to your new luxury car.

Decide whether to go new or used, depending on your budget and the amount of value depreciation you're willing to accept. The Mercedes brand has a fairly high level of depreciation once off the lot, but if you plan to hold on to your brand new Mercedes you don't really need to worry. If you're thinking about replacing the Mercedes within a few years, then take a look at the used market before you buy.

Check out the warranty that the car comes with, especially for used Mercedes models. The new cars all come with comprehensive warranties that include annual services. However, make sure that the dealership provides "loaner" cars in case you have to get something repaired that's covered by the warranty. With the used cars, take a careful look at the warranty since getting a car that's still covered adds considerable value.

Think carefully about the kind of driving you do and the driving environment of your area. While Mercedes are tough cars mechanically, body work on them is notoriously expensive. So if you live in a place where roads are narrow and drivers are aggressive, you might consider going with one of the everyday Mercedes models like the E-class.

Scope out the dealership and specialized mechanics in your area before you buy. If you're covered by warranty this is less of a concern. If you're not, then you should be aware that Mercedes require a higher level of service and also require parts that are considerably more expensive than similar parts for less luxurious cars.

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