If you’re like most people, you would love to drive one of the most coveted luxury vehicles on the roads: a Mercedes-Benz. Unfortunately, luxury comes at a steep price, and many people simply cannot afford to buy a brand new Mercedes. If you dream of driving a Mercedes or a BMW, Audi, or other high-end luxury vehicle, you may be able to realize your dream. Here’s how to own a Mercedes-Benz or BMW that’s affordable: Set your sights on pre-owned cars rather than new cars. Just be aware “used” and “certified pre-owned” are not the same thing!

Used Versus Certified Pre-Owned. What Are the Main Differences?

Every vehicle manufacturer has different criteria dictating what “certified pre-owned” means. In the case of Mercedes-Benz, for a vehicle to be considered for certified pre-owned status, its odometer reading must be less than 75,000 miles, it must be six or fewer model years old and it must have been originally sold through a Mercedes-Benz USA dealer. Additionally, to make sure there are no red flags concerning past repair work performed on a vehicle, Mercedes analyzes cars’ Vehicle Master Inquiries (VMIs). The VMI details any work performed on a car while it was covered by factory warranty. If the report lists anything questionable, a car is not eligible to receive certified pre-owned status. Arguably, the most important difference between a certified pre-owned and a used Mercedes-Benz is when you purchase a certified pre-owned Mercedes, you will have the peace of mind of knowing your car has passed a rigorous 165-point inspection and reconditioning protocol.

Other Benefits Of Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Cars

In addition to knowing a certified pre-owned car has been thoroughly inspected and reconditioned, you’ll also enjoy perks that vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Mercedes-Benz, for example, provides an outstanding certified pre-owned unlimited mileage warranty for the first year you own your certified pre-owned Mercedes. After that, you’ll have the opportunity to pay to extend that warranty for up to two more years. For certified pre-owned vehicles, Mercedes also offers a window (seven days or 500-miles, whichever occurs first) during which you can exchange your Mercedes. Buying a certified pre-owned vehicle eliminates one of the main problems with purchasing used cars that are not certified pre-owned. When you buy a used car that’s not certified pre-owned, once you drive off the lot, you’re on your own if something goes wrong or you discover you aren’t happy with the car you purchased.

Align Yourself With A Service Center Skilled In Servicing Imports

When you find the certified pre-owned luxury vehicle that’s right for you, it’s important to be diligent about preventive maintenance to ensure it will serve you reliably for years to come. Whether you are still looking for a great pre-owned vehicle or want to establish a relationship with a service center specializing in luxury vehicles, contact us at Southwest Auto. If you’re located in or around the Dallas Metroplex, consider us your one-stop luxury car stop!

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