We’ve all been told to look for a well-documented service history when buying a classic Mercedes, but what about when you own one? How do you prepare for a future sale? And how do you safeguard your return on financial and spiritual investment?
As a classic Mercedes-Benz owner, you are tasked with enjoying and preserving your vehicle for the future; it is this preservation element that will guarantee the enjoyment. Regular and reliable services will help keep your vehicle in tip top condition, ensuring you secure a higher return should you choose to sell it down the line.
Visibility of Existing Works:
Over the years, complex jobs will arise and generally affect the ability to use and enjoy a classic Mercedes. Utilising a Mercedes specialist will enable you to deal with said issues at the right time before they develop further. Issues that are not rectified correctly due to lack of skills and knowledge will crop up later down the line and will be visible on MOTs and service records of your car; potentially putting-off a buyer.
It is therefore imperative to use a specialist who knows how to deal with the complexities of your car. Issues that have been rectified correctly by a reputable outfit are less likely to cause concern than ones that appear multiple times.
Calibre of Parts
Detailed invoices demonstrating choice of replacement parts will certainly tell a compelling story of CARE. A reputable outfit will use high-quality OEM grade replacement parts, ensuing your classic Mercedes is as close cosmetically and mechanically to the original or better. A potential buyer will value high-quality replacement parts used in restoration or remedial work as this will indicate to them that you have CARED for your vehicle, and that it is likely to function to the best standards.
Consistency & Commitment is Key:
If your car stands for several months of the year in your garage, this will be evident in the mileage and indicate to a potential buyer that the vehicle hasn’t been run enough. With a well-documented service history, you can evidence that the car has still been checked over by a specialist to deal with any of the likely issues that may have emerged from periods of long-standing. This could include, seized breaks, poorly operating mechanical systems and corrosion.
Afterall, a car was built to be used and more damage can be done by not using it…CARE for your car so you or a future owner can enjoy it.
MOT Exemption, Convenient but not Custom
An MOT in the UK is a seal of approval from the experts and gives an essential insight into the story of ownership. While cars 40 years old or more are exempt, MOTs are always a way to reaffirm your confidence in your classic Mercedes and evidence to future owners that no nasty surprises have been left lingering… Consider sticking to your vehicle’s usual MOT routine even if it’s not legally required.
Return on Investment
It’s not the sole reason we own classics. But a return at the end only makes ownership sweeter. You’ve had the vehicle for a long period, enjoyed several trips and tours, making the most of the spiritual side of classic car enjoyment. You’re now ready to sell or pass it on to members of your family. When it comes to selling a classic Mercedes, a well-documented record of servicing, restoration and CARE could mean the difference between a return of £70,000 and £40,000.
This is especially the case with older cars as they are generally more likely to suffer from wear and tear, mechanical issues and corrosion. Choosing a specialist to manage and prevent these likely issues, will prove to an aspiring owner that you have taken every opportunity to preserve your classic Mercedes for yourself and others to enjoy.
An investor wants to know that they can depend on a Mercedes and get use out of it. They will therefore be more likely to pay your asking price if you can evidence a regime of CARE.
CARE by the Experts:
All of the above points might sound dauting and time-consuming, but in fact its quite simple… Leave it to the specialists.
We developed CARE to free owners of the administration and time-consuming elements of caring for their classic Mercedes-Benz. CARE is a certified servicing investment plan managed by us – we’ll take care of the scheduling of your annual service and MOT, arranging transportation to and from your house while you carry on life as normal. CARE enables owners to save money in their individual CARE account, building up the funds to cover their annual servicing.
What’s more is that CARE customers receive subsidised labour rates and parts costs, discounted classic car insurance and subsidised transportation to and from SLSHOP. We’ve developed CARE so you can enjoy your classic Mercedes and ensure a higher future return on investment.
CARE is the only classic Mercedes servicing plan available in the UK. So why not join today?