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Exclamation Reminder: get a pre-purchase inspection

I was looking at a S124 (W124) wagon on Craigslist. Seller had a list of repairs that it had, and had many great things to say about its excellent condition.

I told the seller that I'll have a friend go over and look at the car. Fine.

My friend calls the seller and says that he'd like to arrange to come over and check the car, and that he's a Mercedes mechanic. Seller instantly changes his tune: "Oh, the car is already sold."

Meanwhile, the car is still being aggressively advertised on Craigslist. I had another friend call the seller and ask whether the car is still available, and yes, it is.

So, lesson reinforced: get a pre-purchase inspection. Sometimes just telling the seller that a MB mechanic is coming over will weed out the bad cars.
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Would that be so simple, it would be no brainer.
I do my own inspection, but had a buyer for old W124 and he took it for PPI inspection to local, but reputable shop.
Shop does repair MB as those are popular in the area, but is not MB dealer.
So what they did was described as "safety inspection" and that was said upfront.
The $150 went for checking the brake pads and wheels, raising red flag about oil residue on differential what was motor oil from already fixed leaks, but never checked the operation of sunroof, windows, AC, power seats or radio.
Bottom line, would I not disclosure bad things, the buyer could overlook stuff that would take $3000 would he want to fix it.
Maybe during my vacations in a week I will have time to start punch list for PPI so members could verify it.
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I wrote this on a previous thread:

Last summer I almost pulled the trigger on a 1999 SL500 at Carlisle car show (I was in a depressed mood and thought it would cheer me up). Check engine light went on during my otherwise joyful test drive, seller said it must be the gas cap. I said that I would get my reader and be back in a few minutes, he said he can't allow me to use one as it might damage the car's electronics. I imagine a PPI would have been out of the question. He did save me a lot of money!

If the seller has something to hide, he can always say no to PPIs, to OBD readers, etc. Even to test drives. There will always be someone who comes along more naive and buys without investigating first.
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Always good idea to get a pre-purchase inspection!

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Unless I'm buying a car entirely long distance and sight unseen, I count on the PPI to find the mechanical stuff that I can't find on my own. Windows, radio, seat motors, I trust myself to check. I realize not all people are aware enough for that -- a friend of mine who is a surgeon (and a very good one) just bought a used Camry without realizing that the doors don't lock!

Anyway, I think the seller's reaction can be more telling than the PPI itself, as in the case of "don't plug in your OBD2" described above. I also "enjoy" the sellers who refuse to give out the VIN, as if it's a big valuable secret.
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I actually can understand not giving VIN as with all personality thefts some people don't know how to evaluate what information can be given away with no risk and what not.
Buying long distance for years, I develop 6th sense that helps me judging car condition from the pictures and asked questions. I have deep confidence with MB cars as having good base as engines and transmissions failures in last 15 years are almost unheard about.
Still personal luck always will be the major factor no matter what you do.
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...Maybe during my vacations in a week I will have time to start punch list for PPI so members could verify it.
This, the list of items reviewed for CPO status, would be a good starting point:

Certification Requirements for Pre-Owned Vehicles | Mercedes-Benz
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Thanks for the link I am starting new topic and hopefully it will make it to stickies somewhere.
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Great advise as im about to add my third Mercedes to the driveway.

Found this a week ago and its a great video sorry if its been posted already

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