Date registered: Jan 2014
Vehicle: 2008 AMG CLK63 Convertible and the wife's 2008 CLK350 Convertible
Location: Houston Texas
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I see now difference between a headlight with a Mercedes logo and the exact same headlight without the Mercedes logo on it, apart from the logo, of course.
I accept that after-market new body panels may be thinner, cheaper steel, etc., but what I am talking about are not structural components, brakes, or anything else that contributes to safety. I'm talking radiator grilles, the plastic bits of the bumpers, wiper blades, etc. etc.
Moreover, there is one heck of a difference between the price of a brand new Mercedes part and another genuine one taken off another unfortunately wrecked car.
M-Bs sold in the US are not sold under cost. That would be financial suicide. Of course, it depends what you mean by "cost". If you mean the "plus one" cost, that is the cost to produce one more unit, then yes, that may be what they are sold for. However, R&D costs can be written off in Europe in a much more tax efficient way, and / or recovered in higher like-for-like prices. It's a well-known fact all manufacturers with a foothold in Europe do this, all of them, even Ford and the late lamented Pontiac. That's why a lot of Ford and GM models, even the new Chrysler 200, is a rebadged 3 or 4 year old European model. it also means they're less likely (GM excluded) to get caught with their pants down on product liability claims, which are much less punitive in Europe. No $10K for "whiplash" there, my friend.
Car maker making money had-over-fist on replacement parts? Been doing that since Fred Flintstone rolled out of the showroom.
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