Originally Posted by Jayhawk
No conflict of interest in that statement, I'm sure. Finding a really good indy w/ all the right parts and training is a little like rolling snake eyes at a Vegas crap table. It happens, but it's a gamble; and I don't want to gamble w/ my $100k investment.
Most $100,000 Mercedes or other like priced cars, if you consider them an investment, are losers from the get go, they will likely be worth 1/10th of their purchase price in 10 years. They are more like a consumable good with some residual value. Thei investment is their safety, comfort, pleasure, pride or whatever else you can enjoy while you own one.
Based on your personal
experience with a Mercedes dealer, and a relatively new model, it appears you have found a good fit with yours. Good for you!
However, to blindly cheerlead and say all Mercedes dealers are wonderful and perfect, and all owners ought to use them, is naive and foolish to say the least.
There are bad and mediocre ones, out there, just like with Independents.
If you don't want to admit that, fine, that's your problem, but the advantages you cite come at a dear cost when you pay for them at the MB dealer, and there is no shortage of people out there who have paid for some sloppy, unnecessary or simply bad repairs at Mercedes dealers.
Nothing you can say will change that.