Date registered: Oct 2004
Vehicle: 1980 6.9, 1977 6.9, 300SEL 6.3, 300SEL 4.5, 300TE, 560SEL, 560SL, AMG models
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RE: Rear-ended today
Your car is six weeks "old." Don't you have the right to have it replaced with another, so that the very valuable safety systems and characteristics inherent in the vehicle's design and construction are 100% intact, with no compromise? Even with the very finest frame repairs available, the metal STILL MOVED and was moved back to its original location. Since most of us buy M-Bs with the superior design and construction in mind, I believe that an argument can be made that you just won't feel as safe in a repaired vehicle as in one that has never experienced a severe impact. The insurance payment will trigger a loss record on the vehicle tracking systems, resulting in that "blemish" on a report at sale time. The same argument is made by owners of exotics like Ferraris and Lamborghinis that are stolen and recovered: the owners DON'T want them back. Why? Untold and expensive engine and drive train damage COULD (and most likely had) have resulted from some crazed joy riders at the wheel. A missed shift, exceeding redline, etc., all could drastically reduce longevity later and cause untold premature mechanical failures.
This may not be a viable option for you in your state and in your situation. Many people feel that a car that's been in a serious accident that they walked away from has done its intended job. Even properly repaired, if the exact same accident occured in the future, with an even larger vehicle, would the repaired vehicle offer 100% of the original protection? It's a thought.