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Date registered: Aug 2008
Vehicle: 2007 CLK63 AMG
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Update after dealer visit
Well, I sat down with the owner of the dealership (nice office) and it was all very cordial but ultimately acheived very little (other than an offer to arrange a visit to the AMG factory next time I'm in Germany).
There was a vague promise of trying to find a replacement vehicle, but since the CLK63 is not longer in production, that gets less feasible as time goes by. In addition, my vehicle becomes less attractive to the dealer for a 'recall' because the miles keep on climbing on it (I'm at 10,000 miles now).
All round, this should be a lesson for all of us. If you're purchasing a vehicle that is purported to be "new" but is not a current year model, you should demand to see the vehicle history and ensure that the vehicle was not returned by a previous owner or, as in my case, was "punched" in order to improve the reportable sales figures and gain revenue for the dealership.
By the way, I think I know how "punching" works (just in case someone else encounters this)... It would appear that there are factory incentives for dealerships to sell some particular models. Given that the dealership owns the vehicles that it sells, it's not hard for that dealership to mark the car as "sold" without actually having to process any DMV records (I did a CarFAX check on my vehicle and can confirm that I was the 'first' owner). This would mean that the MB dealership would receive a check for their 'sale' - the only downside is that the warranty on the vehicle needs to be started at the time of the 'sale', including kicking off the service clock in the vehicle itself - which is how I got to find out about this situation. According to the dealership owner, the sales people are supposed to inform a prospective buyer of this fact but of course (as was my case) they did not because that might endanger the sale (I would not have bought this vehicle if I had known). So if anyone knows how much a dealer incentive in this sort of situation might be (for a CLK63), that would be interesting.