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Old 11-02-2018, 09:43 PM
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Extended Advice for a New Owner of a fully loaded 2015 S550 4Matic

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We just purchase a 2015 S550 4Matic and it is fully loaded.

https://gerardoscars.com/2015-Merced...1/Details.aspx

Car arrives next week Tuesday! and I am so excited. Please any advice on extended warranty? unfortunately the car did not qualify for an MB extended Warranty.

Any advice on aftermarket extended warranty?


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I have a 2015 S550 4 Matic that I purchased last year under factory warranty. It is my second benz and I had the ELW on my 2012 that I used a bit but it was probably not needed. I am self insuring on my 2015 but mine only had around 17K miles on it when I purchased it. I have not had any issues with mine in the past year and hopefully any issues I do have will be small. I know it is risky but I did not want to spend close to 4K for a decent warranty. These are fairly reliable cars at this point and it is a crapshoot if you will need one or not. The bigger question is how long to you plant to keep it? The other question is how risk averse are you? I will probably only have mine for another few years and then get rid of it so I decided to roll the dice on this one.
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AAA is the only one I would recommend. I have used them in the past with success. Your best rates will be before your factory warrantee runs out. !!! Go over the car with a fine tooth comb while it is still under Factory Warrantee. Test and retest every feature. Check ALL trim. Trim will NOT be covered under any extended warrantee including MB.

Good Luck with your new ride. Looks like you got an amazing deal!

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AAA is the only one I would recommend. I have used them in the past with success. Your best rates will be before your factory warrantee runs out. !!! Go over the care with a fine tooth comb while it is still under Factory Warrantee. Test and retest every feature. Check ALL trim. Trim will NOT be covered under any extended warrantee including MB.

Good Luck with your new ride. Looks like you got an amazing deal!
The warranty expires in July. Ouch !!!!. Car sold by MB financial at the Auction in September.

See car fax: https://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistor...psSmv4nhuRbAqY


I am going to call AAA tomorrow. QQ https://www.aaa.com/autorepair/artic...o-cost-repairs ==> This is the AAA that yo are talking about right?

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I have a 2015 S550 4 Matic that I purchased last year under factory warranty. It is my second benz and I had the ELW on my 2012 that I used a bit but it was probably not needed. I am self insuring on my 2015 but mine only had around 17K miles on it when I purchased it. I have not had any issues with mine in the past year and hopefully any issues I do have will be small. I know it is risky but I did not want to spend close to 4K for a decent warranty. These are fairly reliable cars at this point and it is a crapshoot if you will need one or not. The bigger question is how long to you plant to keep it? The other question is how risk averse are you? I will probably only have mine for another few years and then get rid of it so I decided to roll the dice on this one.
Cool and thank you for the reassurance! I am not a risk taker on cars! lol.. I think I might keep it for at least 2 year and 3 years at most. By the 2018 S560 should be half price..lol.
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Awesome car....you got one hell of a deal!! If you would've bought that CPO'd through Mercedes, you would have paid A LOT more than what it was priced at! Good luck with the warranty search, and enjoy that beautiful vehicle!
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Awesome car....you got one hell of a deal!! If you would've bought that CPO'd through Mercedes, you would have paid A LOT more than what it was priced at! Good luck with the warranty search, and enjoy that beautiful vehicle!
Thank you for the encouragement. I just called Triple A to get a quote on extended warranty as advice here but that department is close for tonight. I will call them on monday.

Shipping: $350 dealer shipping through his network from Boston to Baltimore. Good deal considering the fact that i was quoted $550 elsewhere!

Estimated Arrival: Pickup monday and delivery on Tuesday! I can't wait Fingers crossed!

I initially wanted the Beige interior with fully loaded option. We've combed the internet for 6 months and finally found this one but in Black interior. It was a no brainer to not make deal.

The dealer initially wanted $59999 but he discount it by $2k. I had the used car sales inspection done at Mercedes Benz of westwood, MA got the report.

My local service advisor also helped me pull the service record albeit with some altitude. LOL. and I honestly don't know why he was acting all irritated and I gave him an excellent review after my wife's GLK 350 A service last month and he also sold me the transmission flush thingy and I said ok go ahead. I guess i'm going to switch to MB of Hunt Valey MD. A friend of mine speaks highly of them.

Any advice or tips? Coat protection and ceramic wax! I think that the paint look a bit dull!

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My buddy who also has a black exterior just got his S ceramic coated and that thing looks great! So shiny it almost looks wet; got me thinking about ceramic coating mine as well.....
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My buddy who also has a black exterior just got his S ceramic coated and that thing looks great! So shiny it almost looks wet; got me thinking about ceramic coating mine as well.....
i want one of these. Look at this ceramic coating! Omg! So sleek!


https://youtu.be/5x3RURedIdY

And I want one of this rear tail spoiler

https://www.vicrez.com/vicrez-merced...69?search=W222

or

http://www.jbspeed.com/mercedes-benz...trunk-spoiler/

what at do you think?
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I love the spoiler, mine has it but it's not carbon fiber. That's probably the only option you're missing and maybe the refrigerator...lol!!
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I love the spoiler, mine has it but it's not carbon fiber. That's probably the only option you're missing and maybe the refrigerator...lol!!

Great I just place the order for the rear spoiler!
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Looks great! Love how it's fully loaded with upgraded stereo and rear seat package. Wish mine had that!
I got third party warranty thru a mercedes dealer as I didn't qualify for mercedes extended warranty. I still had 1 month left on the factory warranty so that helped on lowering the purchase price.

You're probably looking at $4K Plus for 3-4yr plans.
I think if you get a third party warranty via a good Mercedes dealer, you should be pretty safe in getting a decent warranty.

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Looks great! Love how it's fully loaded with upgraded stereo and rear seat package. Wish mine had that!
I got third party warranty thru a mercedes dealer as I didn't qualify for mercedes extended warranty. I still had 1 month left on the factory warranty so that helped on lowering the purchase price.

You're probably looking at $4K Plus for 3-4yr plans.
I think if you get a third party warranty via a good Mercedes dealer, you should be pretty safe in getting a decent warranty.

it was just a stroke of luck to find such a loaded used car with a clean carfax. The service record was also very clean except for the rear sit package that was repaired under warranty. I will perform a car detailed when it get here and post the picture. The guy at JBspeed also told me that the carbon fiber spoiler will be delivered by DHL next week.

i honestly canít wait and at the same time scared a bit. I purchase the car over the internet. Lol.
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That's a very foolish decision on your part. If you plan on keeping the car for more than 3 years you will regret not spending the money now as it could cost you 5 times that latter. Issues creep up with these cars at the 5-year mark regardless of how well they were maintained.
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That's a very foolish decision on your part. If you plan on keeping the car for more than 3 years you will regret not spending the money now as it could cost you 5 times that latter. Issues creep up with these cars at the 5-year mark regardless of how well they were maintained.
This is the reason that I started the thread today. To get your advice on after market warranty.

i contacted all the folks recommended here for an after market warranty. They pulled the vin and said they could NOT add it because it out of MB warranty since July.

If you have any advice or recommendations on a good warranty then please do not hesitate to recommend them.


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Yup! If you sell the car before the warrantee ends, they will pro-rate and refund the balance
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Yup! If you sell the car before the warrantee ends, they will pro-rate and refund the balance

lol. I did that as well on my total E class. So I am looking for a good after market warranty. One of the guys here I think Jason is recommending QualityGuard or Fidelity. I think QualityGuard is managed by Nissan and it is exclusionary warranty.
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I did Ceramic Pro on my car, and I use Reload (50% product to 50% Distilled water Smooth as silk, just a light spritz after you wash and dry. Keeps the hydrophobic coating.

All the hype about Ceramic, Synthetic wax, etc.... The car will look BETTER than NEW if you pay and have a good DETAIL job before. Ceramic Coatings should only go on a car that has Paint Correction, The better the job, the better the car will look. Now, those people that do paint correction often, slowly cur through the clear coat, a bad detailer can ruin your clear coat. With Ceramic Pro, it adds another layer (microns thick) that will help protect the clear coat.

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I picked up a 2014 Loaded s550 Sport Pkg. with 32K, every option including Executive Seating for 62K- They did not offer the HUD since it was a early production model. Sticker was $146K.... I had the OEM rims PVD coated from Detroit Wheel and Tire Black Chrome. I get complements all the time. I have white exterior with the Blue Interior. I'm keeping my eyes open for a 2017 Maybach White with White....

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It's been a couple of years since I bought an extended service contract. I have never heard of a company not issuing a plan for a car that was out of the factory warranty. Did your dealer offer you a plan?
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It's been a couple of years since I bought an extended service contract. I have never heard of a company not issuing a plan for a car that was out of the factory warranty. Did your dealer offer you a plan?
i bought it from an independent dealership. The plan they offered didnít have good reviews online. I was of the opinion that I could buy MB warranty. But they wonít let them add the car to MB warranty anymore. The car should be delivered next week Tuesday and I will take it to the local delalership and see what they advice.

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My advice is to get an exclusionary policy. The forum member in this thread has offered some good advice, perhaps they can help: https://mbworld.org/forums/s-class-w...ms-thread.html
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My advice is to get an exclusionary policy. The forum member in this thread has offered some good advice, perhaps they can help: https://mbworld.org/forums/s-class-w...ms-thread.html
You're right, but the problem is that 99% or whatever of people don't read the detailed T&Cs, e.g. the contract. Just this MONTH, I've been battling Audi dealers for the exact T&Cs of the new Audi extended warranty program in Canada, effective November 1st.

During this last month, I've looked at the T&Cs of 5 extended warranty programs by 5 different underwriters in Canada. It is a no brainer for me to buy an exclusionary policy, but it's shocking what these policies often contain.

Here are a few examples.

1) Total payout in 1 claim will be the lesser of 1) the wholesale value of the car at time of claim or 2) the value paid for the car.
2) All wear and tear items, inclusive of all struts/shocks/air springs, are not covered.
3) The owner of the car cannot do any mechanical work to the vehicle, and all services must be done by a licensed mechanic.

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All 3 of these items, are not found in MB's ELW (#2, to some degree, is covered with MB's policy, because air springs/struts/airmatic/ABC etc are covered up until and including the 6 year mark).

During this time, I've also read through BBB complaints of insurance underwriters and have read many people's stories about getting burned.

Moral of the story is, read the contract, but don't assume that insurance underwriters are anything other than well dressed thugs who will make life hell once you try to claim anything.

It is one very important reason why my decision re: 2019 S vs A8 has me leaning heavily towards MB even though I don't like the new S. MB's underwriting of the ELW is very important to me, and I dare not own a $100,000+ car without warranty.
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That is a pretty risky purchase without physically seeing it and factory warranty. Any small and unnoticeable issues are $$$, especially with your options...Check out Ally Major guard, you will not be disappointed.

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Warranties are almost always a way for someone else to make money off of another person based on fear of whatever. Now if were talking about cars statistics show that nearly EVERY new car sold today is likely to be reliable and offer good utility.

I would love to see someone show me stats on the likely failure rate of an S Class and thereafter weight any percentage against the 1000s of dollars they are going to pay for that warranty.............

My own feelings are if you cant afford to fix it you prolly should not have brought it.

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Warranties are almost always a way for someone else to make money off of another person based on fear of whatever. Now if were talking about cars statistics show that nearly EVERY new car sold today is likely to be reliable and offer good utility.

I would love to see someone show me stats on the likely failure rate of an S Class and thereafter weight any percentage against the 1000s of dollars they are going to pay for that warranty.............

My own feelings are if you cant afford to fix it you prolly should not have brought it.

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There is something to be said for peace of mind. I know I'm perfectly happy paying $8000 for 3 years of peace of mind.
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