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If You're In The Market For A Used Mercedes-AMG Vehicle, Here Are Three Ways To Ensure You Don't Get Stuck With A Lemon

by Cherly Fowler

AMG is a performance outlet that soups up Mercedes-Benz automobiles. They take the highest-performance Mercedes vehicles on the market and turn them into true sports cars. They squeeze substantially more power out of the stock engines, install high-performance suspension modifications, and also add aggressive touches to the interior and exterior of the car. It's no surprise that AMG cars are in high demand among driving enthusiasts.

However, as with any sports car, you have to be careful when you're buying a used Mercedes-AMG vehicle. There's always the risk that previous owners abused the car's high-performance drive train by racing it and driving recklessly. Furthermore, the power modifications that AMG installs subject internal drive train components to increased levels of stress, so owners have to be meticulous in maintaining their vehicles to ensure they stay reliable. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure that the used Mercedes-AMG vehicle you're considering isn't a lemon.

Preliminary Research

German automobiles are notorious for featuring complex engineering, and Mercedes-AMG models are no exception. The downside of complex engineering is that it increases the risk of reliability issues and makes maintenance procedures more difficult to perform. Use online Mercedes enthusiast forums to thoroughly research the AMG model you're considering. Look for common reliability issues that other owners have encountered so you know what to look out for when you check out the vehicle.

Additionally, find out if there were any manufacturer recalls for the year and model you're considering. Finally, obtain a vehicle history report so you know if the car was in any accidents that can cause drivability issues to arise in the future.

Ask the Seller for Thorough Documentation

It's a lot safer to buy an AMG model that comes with all of its maintenance documentation — you'll know whether or not the previous owner skipped out on essential maintenance procedures that can cause reliability issues. If there were any recalls for the car, make sure the seller has documents proving the recalls were taken care of by a certified Mercedes-Benz mechanic.

The vehicle history report you obtained should tell you the car's repair history if it had previously been taken to a mechanic. If that's the case, make sure the seller also has receipts and documents proving that the repairs were performed by a reputable mechanic.

Have the Car Inspected by a Reputable Mercedes Mechanic

Even if the car's history is perfect, there are myriad issues that may be hiding beneath the surface. That's why it's important to get the car checked out by a mechanic who specializes in Mercedes-Benz and other European automobiles. Mercedes-Benz specialists have ample experience performing maintenance and repairs on Mercedes cars, so they'll know exactly what to look for to ensure the car isn't a lemon.

If your Mercedes mechanic gives the car a thumbs up, you can rest assured that you won't be taking home an AMG vehicle that's on its last legs. Contact a business like Wolfe's Foreign Auto for more information.