Date registered: Feb 2008
Vehicle: 2004 W220 (S430) ; 2001 R129 (SL500) Sport
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast--formerly Charlottesville, VA
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The reality is the records do not belong to the car or the owner of the car. They belong to the person who paid for the repair or to Mercedes Benz, the dealer, or the service agent. Buying a car does not entitle you to the repair records of the car except those records that may be public record or used to represent the vehicle for sale. If you are given the service records it is merely a courtesy, and may be illegal. You can certainly demand them as a condition of purchase--before you do the deal--but you don't have any right to them after the fact. I don't know if the first owner would prevail, but it would be an interesting lawsuit if the dealer gave the repair records to the buyer without the first owner's permission.
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