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Used dealer recommendation in Southern California area

First of all, thanks in advance.

Recently moved to Los Angeles area, and planning to buy used Mercedes-Benz.
I am open to any channels, from new car dealers to private parties.

I saw some of used car dealers in Southern California area specialize in Bimmers and Benzes.
Have you guys bought your Benz from these types of dealership?
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RE: Used dealer recommendation in Southern California area

I found my C320 from www.cars.com. The site lists both private party and dealerships.

God luck.

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RE: Used dealer recommendation in Southern California area

Look in AutoTrader.com, I found both of mine there. You may have to be patient, sooner or later what you're looking for will come up.
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RE: Used dealer recommendation in Southern California area

A-professional isn't someone I would recommend for a Bimmer or a Mercedes-Benz. I have been around the BMW world for nearly 20 years and have plenty of 2nd-hand experience with their car sales and firsthand experience with their parts/recycling business. I would not consider them.

There is a shop in Costa Mesa - Star European (www.stareuropean.com) -- that services M-B and seems to have cars for sale. But, I don't know them personally.

If you are going to go with a franchised dealer, then go see Shelly Lazoff at Caliber Motors in Anaheim Hills. Shelly has been a longtime friend.

If anyone is interested, then I have an 81 240D with 166K miles on it in excellent condition for $5K in Irvine.

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RE: Used dealer recommendation in Southern California area

If you go down to South Orange County, you'll find some excellent places in Dana Point and San Clemente, such as Frank's and Ruben's.

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RE: Used dealer recommendation in Southern California area

you can call the guys that service my baby... they seem to have cars for sale regularly:
Dante Cabrales and Eric Bebolla at Automax in Tustin.
tel 714-669-8000.

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RE: Used dealer recommendation in Southern California area

I checked with all the alleged "Mercedes Specialists" I could find in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. Each one of the cars that I looked at had one or more things wrong with it. Some obvious, others took a little digging. Whatever you do, get a copy of the VMI for any car you're interested in. I found that the overwhelming majority of the cars I saw didn't qualify as Starmark vehicles. That's why they were wholesaled rather than sold on a dealer lot.

I ended up at Walter's Mercedes-Benz in Riverside. They are a Mercedes dealer. For less than wholesale bluebook, they sold me a fully loaded car that had all the regular maintenance done AND it included the 3 year 100K mile Starmark warrantee.

You can search the Mercedes inventory by going to www.mbusa.com, then select certified pre-owned on the left, then select search inventory, then national search. Another window will open. Enter your zip, the type of car you're interested in, and the maximum price. This will search all the Mercedes dealers in the area you selected.

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