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Real AMG vs AMG package

Two parts to this question... firstly how can you tell apart a real AMG car vs a car of the same year with an AMG package?

Second, has anyone ever seen people trying to sell their used cars as an "AMG" even though it only has the AMG branding package?

I've been kinda playing with the idea of getting a used AMG car off craigslist and I have become suspicious of a few of the ads I see where the owner writes that their car is an AMG when I suspect its not (but I don't know how to tell for sure). In some cases its easy because the seller will say something like "2002 Mercedes Benz CL500 AMG for sale" (the CL500 is the non-AMG version), but in other cases where it is advertised as the AMG model (CL55), I wanted to see if I would be in fact getting a CL55 and not a rebadged CL500...
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I would assume you could either have them meet you at a dealership and service could tell you or get the vin and ask them yourself.
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Take a look under the hood and look at the engine. If it has the signature plaque, it's an AMG. Look at the brakes, exhaust, interior, etc. If you find a car you're interested in, say like a CL55, you could also go to eBay Motors and look up ads for real CL55s and CL500s and look at the pictures from the ads and compare them to the vehicle you're looking at to determine if it's real or not.

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If you are shopping around for a car, subscribing to Carfax for few weeks might be good idea. With VIN it will tell you right away what model it is. Also Russian site would do that, but it is not working anymore. Anybody knows about other similar sites for options decoding and part numbers?
Also as Asian said, the engines look quite differently. Once you have a look under the hood you will know.
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Recent models may have AMG badging, though the bits and parts are only of aesthetic order.

Areas you can check are also the speedometer with an AMG logo.

Engine bay however cannot be mimicked. It's either an AMG or, stock.
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AMG's have only 2 numerals in their model number. eg E55

AMG's have hand built motors Quite often supercharged) badging on the upholstery dash gauges or steering wheels, heavier suspension and brakes as well as aero effect body panels.

It is not unusual to see phony AMG's.

I bought my car and it was badged as a CLK 430 AMG. The only thing AMG about the car was the AMG rims and some body panels. There is some controversy as whether the dealers added parts and badging to sell excess stock or whether it even came from the factory badged AMG.
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Anybody knows about other similar sites for options decoding and part numbers?
Sure, and it's the better solution in any event.

Simply subsribe to Mercedes' USA spare parts system (free) and run a "datacard."

http://epc.startekinfo.com

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AMG badging rules

Man this is a great subject, I read on another Thread and I Quote

" if you bought front and rear spoilers from AMG NA they would allow you to buy and install an AMG badge (later changed to /////AMG). The question that should be answered is "since AMG NA determined that an owner needed to have 2 exterior items in order for them to buy and display an AMG badge, does this make the car an original AMG?"

Some people state that this only applies to pre-merger cars

( IDK ) I believe that the AMG parts have to be installed by the factory.
not after market.
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Well, Claudia Schiffer has some non-factory-installed parts too, but...

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Keep in mind that in the pre-merger days, AMG licensed and authorized independent sites around the world to sell and install their tuning products. When AMG was an independent tuner, the badging rules differed from what they are today, as a wholly owned unit of Daimler.
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