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Mercedes service query

Asked by Henry

I HAVE just bought a secondhand 2000 Mercedes-Benz A160. This is my first European car and I am wondering if I should have it serviced by a Mercedes dealer, a European car specialist or my normal mechanic.

Answered by CarsGuide

13 Oct 2005 Carsguide.com.au

YOU can have it serviced by any of the above. The Mercedes dealer will do the service by the book and most likely charge the most, but you'll feel pampered. The European car specialist will also service it by the book and charge less, but you probably won't be pampered by the service staff. Often these specialists are former employees of dealerships who have branched out on their own so they're fully trained and experienced. In this case, look for someone who specialises in Mercedes-Benz. At the same time, your mechanic may have no problem servicing your car, but if he's an all-rounder, he may not have specialist knowledge. That said, if you feel comfortable that he is a competent mechanic, and you trust him, stick with him.

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