How to Buy a Mercedes-Benz Classic

WHERE TO FIND CLASSIC MERCEDES-BENZ MODELS?

  • Classic Car Dealers. They are less prevalent than regular car dealers and rarely specialize in a single brand such as Mercedes-Benz. Because of a classic car dealer’s specialized knowledge and experience, however, the cars they put on the floor are likely to be better than average.
  • Online Classifieds. Websites like BringATrailer specialize in listing interesting cars for car enthusiasts and can be used to research market values of recently sold cars.
  • Car Meetups & Car Clubs. The pandemic interrupted many regularly-scheduled car shows and meetups. Many seem to be reconvening and searching the internet for a “car show near me” is an effective way to find events where you can meet like-minded enthusiasts. Additionally, be on the lookout for local Mercedes-Benz Club of America meetings in order to connect with sellers.

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU PAY?

WHAT TO DO BEFORE BUYING

  • Request the maintenance records for the car.
  • These records log all work done to the car, providing to you an idea of how meticulous previous owner(s) was (were)
  • If you are interested in a model built after 1981, the vehicle’s CarFax Report also contains general records
  • Retain a certified mechanic / third party expert to compile a list of deficiencies. If the car was not properly maintained, mechanical issues may arise and can be costly and annoying
  • Take the car for a test drive.
  • Even a short test drive can bring to light possible problems with the engine/drivetrain or suspension

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