Date registered: Jun 2003
Vehicle: 500SEC, ML430, SLK230, S600
Location: Houston, Texas, United States of America
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RE: Crashed E500 with only 7500 miles!
It's good to see that the car performed as it was designed, and that both yourself and your girlfriend didn't sustain any serious injuries.
That said, I have to agree with Andrew2004az. Unless you absolutely love your E500, just do whatever you can to find another Mercedes. Otherwise, you may be looking at a maintenance nightmare, especially with a frontal collision.
If you decide to go ahead with repairing the car, your Mercedes-Benz dealership should be capable of referring you to a certified body shop. Some insurance companies will attempt to convince you to use their body shop; don't let them. As you've no doubt learned, these vehicles are more complex than most, and require special attention to repair properly. You might also consider asking the body shop for a couple of referrals. Despite the Mercedes-Benz accreditation, they aren't all created equally. YMMV.