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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-02-2007, 07:29 PM
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Are you saying except when the car is totalled obviously , MB will always accept repaired cars without tagging on additional "wear and tear" ?

That's right, if the repair is done correctly.

So a few things to note about ex-leased vehicles:

1. They don't alway make good used car buys, since they are not always treated real well.

2. They often don't meet the criteria to be CPO cars, because they've been in serious accidents or they have excessive mileage.

3. Often the high-mileage lease turn-ins are wholesaled-off. Some high-roller business people lease these cars with high annual mileage limits in the contract (like 20K miles per year or more), which pretty much limits what can be done with the car at the end of lease.

4. You might be surprised how much damage can be on a lease vehichle without incurring excess wear and tear charges. It's all spelled out in the contract and the turn-in instructions. Most of us maintain our cars in a better fashion than that.

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Are you saying except when the car is totalled obviously , MB will always accept repaired cars without tagging on additional "wear and tear" ?
If you have gotten the car repaired correctly, then yes, just turn it in. MB (or whomever the manufacturer) takes the 'previous accident depreciation' hit. Now, if you failed to fix all of the damage, or the work was shotty, then yes MB would bill you with more charges to fix it. But besides that, you effected the overall value of the car by wrecking it, but you don't ever take a direct hit. This is the absolute best thing about most leases.
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If you have gotten the car repaired correctly, then yes, just turn it in. MB (or whomever the manufacturer) takes the 'previous accident depreciation' hit. Now, if you failed to fix all of the damage, or the work was shotty, then yes MB would bill you with more charges to fix it. But besides that, you effected the overall value of the car by wrecking it, but you don't ever take a direct hit. This is the absolute best thing about most leases.
Supposing it was taken to a Mercedes Benz dealer's body shop, and they failed to make complete repairs, or did shoddy work...

Are you saying MB could bill the lessee? I can't imagine such a thing!!

Are you sure of that? Can you prove it?

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Supposing it was taken to a Mercedes Benz dealer's body shop, and they failed to make complete repairs, or did shoddy work...

Are you saying MB could bill the lessee? I can't imagine such a thing!!

Are you sure of that? Can you prove it?
That the car has to be properly repaired falls under the heading of obvious. Don't know why you would have trouble imagining such a thing. If it was the repair shop's fault the lessee would obviously have recourse.
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Who needs to imagine all these scenarios. Bad body shop work always needs to be rectified until the customer is satisfied.

The orginal poster needs to simply work carefully with his insurance company and repair shop for a satisfactory fix.

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Who needs to imagine all these scenarios. Bad body shop work always needs to be rectified until the customer is satisfied.

The orginal poster needs to simply work carefully with his insurance company and repair shop for a satisfactory fix.
It is not an imaginray scenario.
The vehicle might still be in the repair shop when the lease expires since the damage just occured ...
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That might happen, sounds imaginery. You could extend the lease a few weeks until it's done (pro-rated monthly payment).

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Where are you located in Michigan? In the metro Detroit area, there are several Autometric bodyshop. They specialize in high end cars, with some of the locations strictly for MB, BMW, Porsche and Audi. The closest one to me were also maintaining all the Audi R8 press fleet cars.

Autometric has a "first service" set up with state farm ins. It is as easy as dropping of the car and they do the rest with State farm. I have used it on a SLK, M3 and my E320, nothing major, usually damage to the paint from road debris and all the crap you encounter driving around metro Detroit.
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Is it repaired yet?

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Just fix it and turn it in. They will end up certifying the car and selling it on their lot. I know because I purchased a certified car that was a leased car that was in an accident and the dealer didn't tell me. Fletcher Jones of Newport Beach to be exact.
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