I respectfully disagree, especially since Hedpe has had a recent paint job. It doesn't hurt to prep a Mercedes for that infrequent highway trip, where the speed and distance substantially increase your chances of paint damage. A roll of painter's tape is not going to break anybody's bank, but a good sized paint chip on new paint might break your heart.
Of course we all run the risk of having the finish damaged just driving down to gas station or returning a video, but it makes sense to take extra precaution on a special trip. As for buying a "bra" or the 3M clear covers, that might be economic overkill unless the risks of the local environment justify it.