Let’s Look At The Pros And Cons
Purchasing a luxury vehicle is no joke. It comes with a lot of research, a lot of reading, and a ton of conversations with people who have hands-on testimony from personal vehicle ownership. After all, Mercedes has cultivated the ultimate satisfying luxury reputation in the marketplace. Their ability to pair high class with comfort is unmatched in the industry. However, every decision we make as living, breathing human beings comes with consequences, and purchasing a Mercedes is no different. So, let’s do what everyone else does when they’re faced with a hefty decision.
Let’s make a pros and cons list.
- PRO: Safety
Out of all the high-class brand vehicles in the marketplace today, Mercedes chronically comes out on top as the safest luxury vehicle on the road. They have been at the forefront of standard safety development in the land of vehicles since their inception, from being the first to introduce four valves per cylinder to improve engine performance and fuel consumption all the way up to the crumple zone, Mercedes has been blazing safety trails since the early 1900s. Many of the things they’ve patented and pioneered have become standard issue in every single vehicle on the road today. So, of course, safety takes the top of the list!
- PRO: Features
The range of features, even with a standard model, far exceed the features that come with many standard vehicles on the road. Even models that are a decade older than current ones have access to standard setups that include heated seats, keyless starts, and acoustic glass! Not only that, but Mercedes never sacrifices on quality. Even the older models have smooth rides as if you had just driven it off the lot, and the soft purr of the engine is music to any owner’s ears. When it comes to standard features, it doesn’t get any better than a Mercedes.
- CONS: No Spare Tire
I know, I know. I heard the collective sigh ricochet across the county. Despite its luxurious appeal and superior gas mileage for any luxury vehicle in the market to date, your Mercedes won’t come with a spare. Instead, it’ll come with something called a “run-flat,” which is a hassle and a half. Instead of hauling a spare tire around in your trunk, your tires will come equipped with run-flat technology that enables the driver to drive for a limited amount of distance at variable speeds under 50 MPH in order to reach a mechanic that can then fix your tire if it has been punctured. So, while you won’t have to fumble with a spare tire on the side of the road, you will need to be versed in mechanic shops around you. Not every auto repair shop is equipped to handle run-flat tires, so you run the risk of driving all the way out to see one only to be turned away at the door. Do your research before traveling in order to avoid as much heartache as possible.
- CONS: Expensive To Maintain
Let’s set aside the fact that depreciation on a Mercedes can be steep and focus on the fact that a high-maintenance vehicle will require a high-maintenance budget. It isn’t enough to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for the latest model if you don’t have the wiggle room in your budget to deal with issues as they arise. Specialty parts require specialty mechanics that can handle your car with care, and those always come with top-dollar prices. Between most Mercedes depreciating in value at least 40% over its first two years off the lot and the required maintenance schedule one needs for this kind of luxury vehicle, it’s no wonder why many people are stuck reselling their Mercedes within the first three years. Don’t be that person. Know your budget, crunch realistic numbers, and understand what you’re getting into financially first.
Owning a Mercedes isn’t just a luxurious experience, but an honorable one. There’s a status that comes with owning a vehicle with such a robust reputation, and as such it’ll come with requirements and repairs and maintenance that is just as robust as the name implies. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your Mercedes-Benz purchase, please don’t hesitate to call Eurofed Automotive of Atlanta, GA, at (470) 298-3456. Or, come by and see us at any of our locations across the United States. We have auto repair shops scattered across Georgia in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Decatur, Duluth, and Snellville, along with locations in Austin, Texas; Charlotte, NC; and Jacksonville, FL! Our expert staff is here to guide you through your worries and help you get an idea of what kind of maintenance and repair schedule you can expect with your luxury vehicle purchase. We will always be upfront and honest with you, and at the end of the day we strive to make sure that we can help you make the best decisions possible for your life as well as the life of your vehicle.