Date registered: Apr 2007
Vehicle: 1990 420SEL, 1979 450SEL, 1973 450SE, 2003 C320S, 2005 C230WZ, 2005 E320W Avantgarde
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I am going to assume your are looking for a Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. This is a vehicle that is available only through a Certified Mercedes-Benz authorized retailer. Any Certified Mercedes-Benz will be a great vehicle, and be a smart financial decision.
Here's why. A Certified Mercedes-Benz has Certification stoppers that it must pass before even being eligible for Certification.
Here is what stops the Certification process before it begins.
1. over 75,000 miles/over 6 model years old.
2. VMI discrepency. (Vehicle Master Inquiry with MBUSA, discrepency would be warranty return, voided warranty, warranty review, rental, or similar)
3. problem found in CARFAX vehicle history report.
4. TMU (true miles unknown)
5. identifiable structural damage
If the vehicle passes all of the above, it then undergoes a 155 point inspection by a Mercedes-Benz Certified technician.
Here's a quick peek at what they look for.
1. cracked interior or exterior lenses
3. Mercedes-Benz approved tires
4. all books and keys
5. exterior dings and scratches
Once a vehicle is inspected, if it passes, it is then reconditioned. The technician makes notes on the Inspection and Certification Report, and this report goes to the dealer, and the new owner. The new owner and dealer also receive a copy of the CARFAX vehicle history report.
Financially, C, E, and M Class models normally have special financing for Certified cars. All MB CPO cars receive 12 months or 100,000 total miles of warranty with no deductible. This is also in combination with any existing factory warranty. For instance, a 2006 E350 wagon with 10,000 miles purchased in January of 2006 would be warranted until January 2011 or 100,000 miles. Whichever occurs first. At the time of purchase, and at additional charge, you may also purchase up to 24 additional months of CPO warranty. This would mean you would be covered until 2013 or 100,000 miles.
The CPO warranty does differ from the factory warranty. It does not cover paint, exterior or interior soft trim, lenses, but is the same in every other way. No deductible, full roadside assistance in addition to the basic roadside assistance, and it is transferrable to a private party.
I hope this helps. Best of luck.