Date registered: Dec 2004
Vehicle: 300TE 4-Matic 300GD
Location: Oslo Norway
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RE: damage on new car
First of all, I sympathize completely. Having a nice new Benz dented is no fun at all. But I don't see why it can't be great looking again. A good shop and painter can make a 100 procent repair. Having the interior dismantled by pros is very seldom traceable afterwards. Things do happen to cars after they have left the factory. You may theoretically already have shop paint on your side.
Concider this. You live in Australia. That means the new cars arrive by boat. Lets say one driver scratches the side while driving ashore. Do you think that car will not be sold? Or sold with a discount? It will most certainly be sold as a new car, and you won't know a thing. And it's a perfectly straight thing to do. If something should be wrong with the repair, it will be taken care of. By guarantee.
What you're after when you ask questions about prior accidents is hard impacts. Hard impacts with chassis deformations raise the possibility for rust later, and possible material weakness contributing to greater damage in the next accident. And those who really press their cars to the limit, might feel uneven flexing in the body due to fortifications, making certain parts on one side stiffer.
The good thing about newer MB's, is they crumble up pretty good in an accident, even at city speeds. That makes them very safe, and more cost efficient for the insurance companies. And less tempting to redo. Replacing the car is much cheaper than replacing the driver and passengers. That's where the gain lies. I belive in the near future replacing will be cheaper than redoing, especially in countries with high work force cost. It's just math, and when they shovel out less, there's more room for replacing. I see this as a clear trend.
A tip might be to have the same dealer doing the selling, repair, and trade in. That way they can't use it against you. Just a thought.
When I bought my used 300 in Germany, I had a Dane smashing into my left rear door/wheel in Denmark on my way home. Man, was I furious. But I still have it, and it has never really bothered me. I even had the rear wheel knocked out of line, and had to correct that temporary in Denmark. Today, it steers totally straight, and only the bad paint job gives a clue to the damage.