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The Mercedes-Benz Club of America is a very active owners group with branches all over the country. The local chapter of the club stopped by Atlanta Classic Cars this weekend to meet, talk cars and plan their upcoming events. If you are not yet a member of your local chapter you can sign up at the website and start receiving the gorgeous Star magazine and all of the other member benefits!
The Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned program allows you to purchase a pre-owned Mercedes-Benz with the confidence that it has been fully inspected and reconditioned to exacting standards. The inspection process covers safety systems, appearance standards, fluids, engine tests, drivetrain, electrical systems and a road test. A Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a limited warranty good for 5 years or 100,000 miles from the original purchase date of the vehicle. For those drivers who intend to keep the car longer there has always been a choice to purchase a 12 or 24 month Extended Limited Warranty, still up to 100,000 miles.
Now, for the first time, Certified Pre-Owned buyers can extend the warranty further…12 months up to 120,000 miles or 24 months up to 135,000 miles! This is an excellent opportunity for higher mile drivers to keep their Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz under warranty! These warranties are also very affordable, starting at just $1595. The pricing is based on the specific model you are purchasing.
Just another reason that a Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz is an excellent option!
The Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance Program has always been a wonderful convenience for our owners. Introduced in 1982 to the US market, this program has grown to handle more than 900,000 roadside calls every year! By using Mercedes-Benz vehicles, employees and parts to respond to these calls Mercedes-Benz is providing industry leading quality!
There have always been 3 Sign and Drive services:
Additional Roadside Services include:
These services are complimentary to our owners by dialing 1 800 FOR MERC, or using the mbrace or tele-aid systems.
If you purchased your Mercedes-Benz vehicle before 1/4/11 the program will stay if effect, the same as it has always been, for the current owner.
Under the new program, these services are unchanged during the warranty period. Additionally, towing will be complimentary for all eligible customers both in and out of warranty for both service and collision needs. To accommodate these enhancements Mercedes-Benz has added in eligibility requirements once you are out of the warranty period.
We’ll always be there to help when you need it. If you meet the eligibility requirements, the service will be complimentary. If you don’t, then you can simply pay for the services provided. The goal is to be better able to service all Mercedes-Benz owners for years to come!
The time change is this weekend and there are always lots of questions about how to set the clock in your Mercedes-Benz. I have addressed this before in more detail but thought I would update it with pictures! Mercedes-Benz USA has also posted a very good video for setting the clock in vehicles with COMAND.
How to set the clock in most 2009 and newer Mercedes-Benz:
mbrace registration line – 1 888 826 6350
Thanks for the tip Shelton!
If you live in the Greater Atlanta area and need someone to adjust the time in your Mercedes for Daylight Saving Time you can bring your vehicle to Atlanta Classic Cars during normal business hours and our Mercedes-Benz trained technicians will be happy to assist you. They will reset your clock and answer any other operational questions you may have.
While you’re here, request a complimentary multi-point inspection to ensure your vehicle is safe for upcoming shorter days and longer nights. If maintenance or repairs are recommended, receive 15% off parts and labor. But hurry! This offer expires on November 28, 2009!
You must set an appointment by calling 770 279 3600 and asking for the appointment desk.
If you don’t live in the Atlanta area or would just like to take care of this yourself read my post on setting the clock in your Mercedes-Benz.
MBCA member benefits include:
The Star magazine – this bi-monthly publication features beautiful photography, new-car road tests, MBUSA news, club events and much more.
MBUSA Loyalty Reward Program – If you are a MBCA member for more than 12 months immediately preceding the purchase of a new or pre-owned Mercedes you are eligible to receive a gift card for parts, service and accessories at the dealership. New cars qualify for $1500 and Certified Pre-Owned for $750!
Enthusiast Groups, Club Forums, Local Chapter Newsletters, Access to the Technical Library, Trips to Germany and more!
Membership is a bargain for all of the benefits that you receive. A one year membership is $45, 2 years for $87 and 3 years for $127. If you currently have a Mercedes you will appreciate the informative magazine and the network of other owners. If you are planning to buy another Mercedes in the future you’ll benefit hugely from the Loyalty Reward Program.
Important notes on the tax credit:
Must be purchased, not leased
The credit is claimed on your Income Tax Returns, not at time of sale
The upcoming ML450 and S400 hybrids will qualify for the same program, amounts to be determined.
Toyota/Lexus are no longer eligible for these credits
2009 ML320 BlueTEC qualifies for $900 credit
2009 GL320 BlueTEC qualifies for $1800 credit
2009 R320 BlueTEC qualifies for $1550 credit
Mercedes-Benz offers an amazing program called European Delivery. You can order your vehicle at your local dealership, fly to Germany to pick it up, tour Europe for a few weeks in your new car and then have it shipped to your local dealership. It takes a little pre-planning but you do get a nice discount on the vehicle and it often pays for your vacation!
The earliest possible delivery dates for the 2010 models are as follows:
C-Class July 27, 2009
GLK350W April 15, 2009
GLK350W4 February 25, 2009
E350W, E550W July 20, 2009
E350W4, E550W4 September 28, 2009
CLS-Class August 19, 2009
SLK-Class October 19, 2009
SL-Class October 19, 2009
S-Class August 19, 2009
This is the first time that you can purchase an SUV through the European Delivery Program! Also, the E-Class is available for pick-up quite soon after the official launch of the new body style this summer. There is usually more of a delay. You can visit the European Delivery Site for more information or contact your local dealer.
I have had several customers call me about what to do for fuel during the shortage here in Atlanta. Many of our local gas station are out of everything but Regular Grade.
According to the owner’s manual, you may use Regular Grade fuel in your vehicle if the higher grades are unavailable. However, you need to change how you are driving. It is recommended you do not accelerate quickly and do not exceed 3000 RPM. If you can, put in less than half a tank and add Premium Grade back as soon as possible. We are not recommending that you put Regular Grade in an AMG vehicle.