Date registered: Feb 2008
Vehicle: 2004 W220 (S430) ; 2001 R129 (SL500) Sport
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast--formerly Charlottesville, VA
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It would help if you took time to fill out your profile and let us know where you are and whether you currently own a Mercedes vehicle. It may be that someone can recommend a seller that you can trust. You must live in an interesting place if you feel all the car sellers in your area are thieves or liars or worse.
You buy a car out of state without getting suckered just like you buy a car anywhere else without getting suckered; you do your due dilligence and inspections before you buy the car so you know exactly what you are purchasing.
Maintenance schedules either come with the car you buy (they are in the owner's manual) or you can get them easily from MBUSA.
Since I'm a 60 year-old man, I'm not sure whether your last comment was a compliment or an insult. Since it involves a stereotype about mature folks, I'll assume it was an insult.
Good luck on your search.
"Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."--John Steinbeck