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Old 09-12-2003, 11:15 AM
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Some common sense...?

I get lots of e-mails from W202 C-Class owners, especially those that have just bought their car. The number #1 question is:

"I just bought a 19xx C2xx with x-miles on it. I'm taking it in for an inspection, what should I make sure they look at?"

What's wrong with this question? I thought by now all that consumer information would be sinking in. People still don't seem to know to have the car inspected BEFORE buying it.

Next?

"What does the little wrench mean?" And it's variant "what does this warning light mean?" or "how do I turn the air conditioning on...?"

Most of the questions that people ask are easily answered in the owner's manual. If the car did not come with one, then buy one.

I also get lots of questions regarding when to service the car next. Then I goof and ask about the service history. It would seem that most people buy their cars without a service history. And do they negotitate a lower price for that? No. "But the car's paint was REALLY shiny, so it must have been cared for, right?"

Sure...

Sorry about the rant, but my in-box was full this morning of a long list of the above...
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Old 09-12-2003, 01:45 PM
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Old 09-12-2003, 02:21 PM
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All too familiar

I can't begin to remember all the times I had a friend gush over their new purchase, only to find they bought a piece of junk with a nice paint job (mostly girls).

I learned that it's best to just smile and keep quiet. Let 'em have their day. They just don't want to hear what you have to say.
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Old 09-12-2003, 02:29 PM
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I have neighbors and associates that do the same...they go out and buy a used Porsche, BMW, or MB (well, G-Benz got some and his seem to be okay) only to be dejected by some of the "holes" in the prior owner's service history, or just plain expensive maintenance because gosh darn it, it's an OLD car!

They have no problem bragging about the great price and beautiful condition of the vehicle, and somehow, they expect their new acquisition to be as trouble-free as an 03 Camry!

So I do the same...smile and compliment their purchase, and later, lend a sympathetic ear when they whine about the expensive repair of such-and-such...
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Old 09-12-2003, 02:39 PM
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Re: All too familiar

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Originally posted by Kestas
I can't begin to remember all the times I had a friend gush over their new purchase, only to find they bought a piece of junk with a nice paint job (mostly girls).
LOL... you know how I intrpreted this.

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