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How would you buy a Mercedes?

I have two questions:

1. What is the best way to buy a Mercedes?
2. What experiences have you had when buying a Mercedes?

Thank you for your advice!

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1. research the forum for info about models that you like. Sometimes what you like is not worth owning.
2. start seeking next car when you don't need it, so you are not pressed and not biased (at least not hard)
3. unless you are high-end DIY, arrange GOOD PPI
4. be willing to take 3-4 days off work and fly for the model you found.

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I have two questions:

1. What is the best way to buy a Mercedes?
2. What experiences have you had when buying a Mercedes?

Thank you for your advice!

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Basically the same procedure each time I buy a car, regardless of make:

-Do the research (internet, publications, etc.) on the make(s)/model(s) I'm considering. Don't rush this process.
-Check out actual car(s) in person
-As pointed out, arrange for PPI from dependable source if used purchase. My experience is 90% new car purchases.
-Test Drive. I sometimes start over after this step.
-Arrive at agreed upon price (this can take days of playing chess)
-Either walk away or plunk down the money and drive away

I've purchased over 31 cars of all kinds (ones that I can remember) for myself and my family during a period of over 50 years, and I've rarely had any regrets about the decisions I've made.

When out on the road, it's always best to watch out for Pot holes, Sink holes, and those other Holes!

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use the internet,never a dealer.
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Of the three Mercedes I've owned, I've purchased two from eBay (oddly the only two cars I've ever purchased through eBay) and I bought a W123 240D for $500 from a guy on Craigslist.

If I were to purchase a Mercedes today, my mother works in the auto auction industry (dealer-only, non-public) so I may have her keep an eye out for something specific or my ex works at Carmax and can buy their trade-ins at cost. But, with that said, I'm a DIY kinda chick and don't mind taking a risk. I also rarely ever buy anything less than 10 years old.

I've gotten some great deals going through back channels like my '04 Passat V6 5-speed wagon that I got for $4k in 2008. But, I've also taken some losses like the 626 I bought non-running and got it running for about 12 seconds before it threw a rod. Or the 4Runner that dropped it's clutch halfway into the 400 mile trip home and picked up a rod knock a month later. Or the '77 Wagoneer that lost the U-joint to the quadratrac 20 minutes after I bought it, causing the front drive shaft to whip about wildly, puncturing the transmission case. le sigh.

But, with that said, unless you're a suit-wearing, new-construction dwelling, never get your hands dirty kind of person: never a dealer.
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Picklish your experience confirms the wisdom I figured out years ago.
"If you are buying car unseen and long distance, it better be a Mercedes".
I never had anything major breaking on my cars period.
Than price-wise , you can always find exception.
I think I got last MB below auction pricing. It was Ford dealer who took it for trade-in (for new Mustang) and beside putting it on autotrader they did nothing, planning to send it to auction.
So when I was the only 1 inquiring, they drop the low price additional $1200 and had mechanic taking it for test drive to confirm that the car can make it 2200 miles to my place. Even the car had dozen small issues, it made it home without incident.
Also got both keys and full set of manuals, who always got "lost" on auctions.
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