The Mercedes Benz SUV is a durable, practical and safe vehicle to drive, but it is also a stylish, fun and iconic vehicle as well. Terrific as a family car or to use when running errands and out shopping, this is a top vehicle both as a new car purchase as well as in used condition.
A used Mercedes Benz SUV will hold its value even as a pre-owned vehicle. If you are looking online in advertisements or buying through an advertisement in a local paper, there are a few very important factors you need to keep in mind.
Unfortunately, if you are not buying from a pre-owned selection from a Mercedes dealer, you are making a purchase at your own risk. It is highly unlikely the current owners had the vehicle in to be tested for mechanical problems. Additionally, unless you have experience with used vehicles, it may be very difficult to determine if there has been any bodywork and repairs on the frame of the vehicle.
If you are going to buy a used Mercedes Benz SUV privately, here are some common errors that buyers make that can end up costing a lot of money.
Not Checking the Odometer
A car may be a recent model and may look like it is in great condition and has been well cared for. This can be verified by checking the service records and any repairs made on the vehicle.
However, failing to check the odometer reading and taking the distance the car has traveled into consideration with the price can result in overpaying. The more kilometers the vehicle has traveled, the greater the wear and tear on the vehicle. Regardless of how well maintained the vehicle is the higher the odometer reading, the lower the price.
Not Knowing a Fair Price
Take the time to look around online and find out what similar models and years of used Mercedes Benz SUV vehicles are selling for both at dealerships as well as through private sellers.
Not knowing what the average price in the market is in your area can create a situation where you overpay for the vehicle or have unreasonable price expectations and are making offers that are unreasonably low.
Finally, make sure to test drive the vehicle and test all systems to make sure they work. Check the lights, the air conditions, the power windows, seats and door locks as well as the technology systems to ensures everything is working before making the purchase.
For a top inventory of quality used Mercedes Benz SUV models and years, see our pre-owned vehicle selection at B.U. Bhandari Motors.