BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Oct 2010
Vehicle: '11 Santa Fe LTD V6 AWD-Navi, '99 CLK 320 (traded for family mover), '96 200SX (SOLD) :(
Location: Hanmer, ON, Canada
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Hmmmm, in general I have found it more economical to maintain my Benz than any Big Three cars I have ever owned. Just like the $40, yes $40, buckle stopper for the front seat on my wife's Olds Alero. Yup, the little plastic dot that keeps the buckle from slidding down the belt. It probably costs $0.05 to make 100. Having said that, If they charged you $5 for the part they might as well give it to you instead.
Reasoning: Parts counter guy makes $15 an hour (guess) plus all costs consumed by employer for having him there so say $20/hr, 15mins of his time to source correct part, retrieve, generate bill, transfer of funds for the transaction and so on. Just for the parts guy, the dealer has broken even for the sale of the part, add overhead costs and they are at a loss.
I know, this was a very cut and dry example, and that one part paid off the next 100, but when you are in business these things have to be accounted for. On another note when I get an oil change at Benz which is comparable in cost to any other vehicle I own when I break it down, I get a car wash, loaner car and short of getting a BJ, I get treated really well. And all I drive is 99 CLK that I bought elsewhere.
A Benz is like a good wife: Not overly expensive to maintain, but neglected gets expensive awfully quick!