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Why are Mercedes-Benz cars so expensive?

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Have you ever wondered why Mercedes Benz cars are so expensive? In this article, we will share some reasons that we think make Mercedes-Benz cars more expensive than most makes. As a disclaimer, this is the opinion of MB Medic which is not affiliated with Mercedes-Benz.

Safety

why are mercedes benz cars so expensiveSafety is one of the most important things an automaker should put into consideration when building a car. The makers of Mercedes Benz know and understand this, so they built their cars with top notch safety measures. Mercedes cars are heavier with more airbags, smart seatbelts, and headrests built with the most advanced whiplash technology to ensure comfort and safety. And to make it even more awesome, the seatbelts are built with pre-tensioners which buckle up and pull the seatbelts tighter during an accident.

Technology

Amongst automobiles, Mercedes has always been a pacesetter in introducing new technologies. The makers of the Mercedes brand are always several steps ahead of their competitors like Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chevy, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda and other US brands. What a few of these brands do is copy the technology that Mercedes Benz develops.

Innovation

In the world of automobiles, Mercedes is the bedrock of inventions. The brand is always innovating to improve on their products for the comfort and safety of their customers. It will go down history books that it was Mercedes that first invented notable car safety features such as seat belts, airbags, crumple zones, ABS brakes and many others. Aside from these,  Mercedes Benz cars are also known for their high performance and exquisite interior design.

Luxury

Mercedes Benz is the classic choice for anyone looking for a car that combines luxury, sophistication, and affordability. Compared to other luxury cars like the Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, and Rolls-Royce, Mercedes Benz cars are very affordable. Although Mercedes is competing with models like CLA and C class in the mass market, it trumps them all with its luxury, design and top-notch performance.

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We can all testify that the latest S-Class models are simply mind blowing. The technology, luxurious design and high performance of the S-Class make Audi feel like a cheap Kia. Typical of the Mercedes brand, the S-Class was built with much attention to details, technology, quality and interior design, and this makes brands like Volkswagen bow in reverence because the Mercedes-Benz is king.

Maintenance Cost

Mercedes-Benz cars are expensive to maintain as they age. Part of the problem is that there is lack of mechanics who specialize in Mercedes-Benz repairs. I remember the day when driving from Las Vegas to Utah and the E-Class turned on the check engine light. At the next exit, I was able to find a garage and stopped to ask them to connect their scanner. As I started to talk to the mechanic about the problem, he says “That’s the problem, it’s a Mercedes. We don’t work on them”. This experience was 15 years ago. Even today it is not uncommon to find mechanics with the same attitude. Take Scotty Kilmer and his highly viewed video that has probably uprightly scared millions of people from buying a Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz cars are some of the most sophisticated cars on the road. If you are going to depend on mechanics that don’t know these cars, any Mercedes can get very expensive to maintain. If you are a DIYer, we think it is hard to find a better 10-year-old car that provides great value for the money. Get free DIY guides on MB Medic. Shop for Merced parts online. And once again Mercedes becomes an affordable car.

Heritage

The Mercedes Benz brand, from time immemorial, has been known to be the hallmark of excellence in automobile. In 1886, Carl Benz was awarded German patent number 37435, for making a three-wheeled manual “Motorwagen” which was the first automobile with a rear-mounted single-cylinder engine. This invention permanently changed how people moved in those days, and even today, it continues to inspire a lot of innovations.

“Engineered like no other car in the world” was the old motto of Mercedes Benz. This was later changed to “The best or nothing”, and today, this promise of high quality still remains the motto of Mercedes Benz.

Manufacturing Cost

Unlike most other manufacturers Mercedes-Benz makes most of the parts at their own factories. For example, did you know that the majority of automakers don’t make their own transmissions? Yes, BMW, Audi, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Toyota generally speaking get the transmissions from third party suppliers. Mercedes-Benz on the other end develops and produces their own transmission such as the 5-speed 722.5, 7-speed 722.7 and now the 9-speed 722.9 G-Tronic.

Buying a Cheap Mercedes

In the recent years, Mercedes-Benz is trying to compete in the mass market as well. Entry level Mercedes Benz cars are designed not just to compete, but to lead in the mass market. Although entry-level cars like the Mazda 3 are cheaper, they cannot be compared to the CLA. With the CLA, you just have to pay a little extra to get a high-quality car that’ll blow your mind. Also, the S-Class, E-Class, SL-Class and the CLS-Class of Mercedes are also unbeatable amongst their rivals.

 

 

 

 

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  1. When my 16-year-old daughter was newly licensed to drive she looked all over the web for a used car. Her, as well as my other kids, got a $3500 buy limit. After checking over a dozen cars of every make there was no winner. They all had high miles and looked and ran like crap. Finally one day I found a 2001 E320 for $2400.00. It had over 300,000 miles and needed a few things that I was able to handle as I’m an old mechanic. Basically, put another $2000 in it and the thing runs like a top and I see it doing that far into the future.

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