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what really is the difference between the a and b service?
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I'm new to MB but have a few service questions. First of all, how often do you have to have the car serviced? I' purchased a CPO and I'm not due for 11,000 miles so I assume that is "B"? It was my understanding that, although the service may be more expensive, it is less frequent than most vehicles and therefore probably averages out the same in the long run. I purchased an MB expecting to pay a little more for the service and will most likely go to the dealer when service is due just to make sure everything that is "required" is done to factory standards and documented. However, should that wipe out my entire savings account, is there any real danger in going to an independent or "chain" mechanic in the future? Will it not void my warranty? Appreciate any advice!

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I'm new to MB but have a few service questions. First of all, how often do you have to have the car serviced? I' purchased a CPO and I'm not due for 11,000 miles so I assume that is "B"? It was my understanding that, although the service may be more expensive, it is less frequent than most vehicles and therefore probably averages out the same in the long run. I purchased an MB expecting to pay a little more for the service and will most likely go to the dealer when service is due just to make sure everything that is "required" is done to factory standards and documented. However, should that wipe out my entire savings account, is there any real danger in going to an independent or "chain" mechanic in the future? Will it not void my warranty? Appreciate any advice!

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I think your A and B services are evenly separated at 13k miles. I would stick to the dealer. Welcome a-board!

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Thanks Jayhawk! I love my car so it's great to have someplace to go to find answers to (sometimes stupid) questions.
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You're welcome! It's never a stupid question if you don't know the answer.

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Going to the dealer to get all services done properly, and properly documented is the way to go i think. If you're just driving some cheap disposable car like kia, it wouldn't matter, but for a nice car, later down the line when it comes time to sell it'll be REALLY nice for you to be able to bust out that service record and show that the car was properly taken care of, and what was done.

I just bought an old car (1986) half a year ago and after i bought it realized there was no service record, no owners manual, no receipts of any kind, and no record of even when the last oil change was done, there is no worse thing than that when buying a used car.
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Dealer is for warranty work only

The only time I bring a car to a dealer is for warranty work. In 50+ years of buying cars from Chevies to Jags to BMWs to MBs I have never returned to a dealer for suggested A, B or any other service where all they do is "check" a lot of items which any owner should be able to do.
My rule of thumb is to change the oil, filter, air filter, fuel filter, cabin filter, on a regular basis, check fluids often, and fix(or have fixed) anything that goes wrong when it goes wrong. I use independent garages for auto repairs unless the problem is something that only a dealer can solve....rare situation.

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So Joe, do you see a doctor for check ups or just take a leak and call it a day? There is something to be said for qualified trained technicians doing what they were trained to do.
When cars cost 12 grand it's not as big a loss if an oversight occurs but an SL 500 wasn't quite as painless of aquisition.
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So Joe, do you see a doctor for check ups or just take a leak and call it a day? There is something to be said for qualified trained technicians doing what they were trained to do.
When cars cost 12 grand it's not as big a loss if an oversight occurs but an SL 500 wasn't quite as painless of aquisition.
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There is a big spread between seeing the doctor and taking a leak.
My medical health is quite different than the "health" of a car.
I prefer to bankroll all the saved money and self insure any minor/major repairs.
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