In the world of classic Mercedes-Benz, much credence is still given to the term ‘full Mercedes-Benz service history’, but what relevance does a main dealer stamp have today…? When a car is three decades old, who is best equipped to ensure proper servicing and maintenance in a way that enhances the value?
If ‘main dealer’ servicing is so desirable in newer cars, at what point does the main dealer become more of a hindrance than a help to your classic?
The Mercedes-Benz R107 SL was launched in 1971, available in showrooms until 1989. At the point the R129 SL replaced the R107, Mercedes-Benz Dealer Workshops would have still been seeing a large number of 107 SLs in the service and sales departments.
As time moved on, the technology and equipment fitted to the newest cars in the showroom developed. New tools were needed in the workshops, digital diagnostics and the revelation of in car electronics got fully underway.
By the time the very newest R107 SL was 10 years old, the automotive landscape had changed. Where the R107 represented a significant improvement over the W113, the R129 would be a seismic shift, bringing with it not just a new era for Mercedes-Benz, but for cars in general. The 1990s signalled a new age of car technology, and this rapid increase in on board electronics brought with it a new type of garage equipment. As the pace of the digital revolution increased, the demand for knowledge on tappets, points, distributor caps, rotor arms and good old fashioned mechanics began to wane.
In the modern world, where main dealers are more familiar with diagnosing electrical faults with instant, plug in code readers, who are the best people to service your classic SL?
At SLSHOP, we have always followed the traditional approach that these classic Mercedes-Benz cars require. We know which components require the delicate touch of a surgeon or the mighty swing of a hammer. Our technicians are trained to care for these cars in a more complex and advanced way that a Mercedes-Benz dealer ever would have, combining the original workshop knowledge with the experience gained from a decade of SLs and more than 3,000 different vehicles.
In our showroom, we still cherish and value the one-owner car with a full dealer service history… but piece of mind and confidence comes with the most recent stamp inked into the book reads SLSHOP.
Bring your classic Mercedes-Benz SL to the world’s leading SL destination – it will feel more at home alongside the ‘dinosaurs’ in our workshops than with it’s modern distant ancestors of the digital world.