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These may be dumb questions, but I have to ask 'em: how much does the Starmark certification add to the cost of a used Mercedes? Would a person expect to pay less for a used Mercedes at a non-Mercedes dealership? Thanks, people.

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RE: Additional Cost Questions

These aren’t dumb questions – for example I don’t know the answer to the first one; for the second: everything’s more expensive at the dealer! [xx(]

Dealers tend to hang on only to the really nice trades and will often be sold for more – not that the dealer charges more for a given car than a non-dealer per se. Dealers may wholesale/auction a car for only cosmetic reasons – the car is mechanically sound and a good buy, you just may need to invest in new wood trim, and clean it up, for example. Consequently these cars will sell for less at a non-dealer lot or on eBay, etc.
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I meant, would there be a significant difference between what an MB dealer would charge for a used Mercedes as opposed to what another brand's dealership would charge for that same MB taken in on a trade?

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Like a Lexus dealer? Yes, the same would apply to most any “name brand� dealer in that they’d hang on to the pick of the litter. The dealer may also spend some money to recondition the car which will be reflected in price.

But these are all generalizations – you may find a good deal in a Mercedes or Lexus used car lot – they just don’t happen very often.
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Because of rust, I was going to do the trade-off of a '97 E420 for a newer E320 4Matic, and BMW & Volvo dealerships had cars that were similar, but less expensive, than what some of the MB dealers were offering. But then, just to really confuse the issue, I found a terrific one - and it's an E430 4Matic! And it's at a Benz dealer...now I'm really confused. I guess, in the final analysis, it just is what a given seller has invested in a particular car and how badly they want to move it...

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"Because of rust, I was going to do the trade-off of a '97 E420 for a newer E320 4Matic,"

Why would you trade a rust prone car for another? This is a sincere question not meant to offend. I have not had a car where rust was a concern since the 60's or 70's. Even Yugo's were not known for their rust problems but I've noticed a trend recently of people reporting rust in various parts of their Mercedes. When that happens, others go out and look and find rust on their cars. Even suspension component rusted to the point of failure. Why reward Mercedes with another bite at the apple? If MB doesn't get their act together on quality control, they'll go the same route as the Yugo.
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