Mercedes vehicles have been considered some of the very best automobiles on the road today. In fact, many auto experts would say that their style and sophistication puts Mercedes Benz in a class of their own. And we certainly agree! Since the company’s founding in 1926, these German-manufactured vehicles have excelled at being one of the top choices for luxury car buyers due to their unique craftsmanship and signature style.
But when dealing with a company with a track-record for elegance and cultural distinction, it must also be assumed that with a high ticket vehicle comes high ticket repairs. This is why protecting your Mercedes Benz with vehicle protection is a sound investment. After all, you have already put so much money into this car, you certainly want to ensure that you can drive it as long as possible without having to worry about costly repairs.
But when choosing to protect your investment, like any other industry, you have options. You can choose to buy directly from Mercedes or choose a third-party company to protect your vehicle. This has caused much debate between drivers and dealers alike, with both sides having a great deal of benefits.
How Does Endurance Measure up against a Mercedes Extended Warranty?
In order to see how a vehicle protection policy from Endurance (E) stacks up against an Extended Limited Warranty from Mercedes Benz (MB), we prepared this side-by-side comparison of the two. Find out which is the better buy and which offers you more peace of mind behind the wheel.
Mercedes Benz: Looking on Mercedes Benz’s own website, you can easily find what type of coverage they offer and the length of each policy. Their coverage is substantial, there is no denying that, and it comes with the option of adding on 1-year/up to 75,000-miles, 2-years/up to 100,000-miles, and 3-years/up to 125,000-miles. You do have the option to transfer the protection plan to another driver, but it can only be done through an independent sale and not through a dealer. However the policy must be purchased while your vehicle is under the factory warranty, meaning once you have passed 4-years/50,000-miles, Mercedes will not cover your car.
Endurance: Visiting the “Coverage Plans” page of Endurance’s website will give you a highlight of coverage options that are offered. There are plans that cover your basic but most expensive plans and there are plans that cover so many parts and components on your vehicle, that the parts that AREN’T covered are listed because there are just that many that are covered. There are various levels of coverage that can accommodate any driver’s needs and budget. You can also place coverage on your automobile at any time, with few restrictions applying. You are also able to transfer your coverage to a new driver as well as a new vehicle and you can protect your vehicle anywhere from 1 to 7 years or up to 100,000 additional miles to your current odometer reading.
Repair Facility Locations:
MB: With the extended factory warranty offered directly from Mercedes, you can take your car to be serviced at any authorized Mercedes Benz dealer in the United States and Puerto Rico. This means that you are only permitted to have work done at Mercedes dealerships. While this stipulation might not seem like a big deal if you live close to one of these dealerships, it can be a real pain if you live further away or are traveling somewhere and the closest one is 50+ miles away.
E: With a protection plan from Endurance, you are allowed to take your vehicle to any certified mechanic in the United States and Canada. Any dealership, chain facility (Pep Boys, AAMCO, Firestone), or your local, trusted mechanic can be used for repairs.
MB: Unfortunately, at this time, there is no exact price for a Mercedes extended warranty on their official website, so it is difficult to pin down how much this coverage will set you back. A good idea would be to consider which length of coverage you are planning to purchase for your car and call into the closest dealer for a price estimate. They also offer a 100% refund if cancelled before your warranty extension begins. Meaning that if you decide to cancel once you are past 4-years or 100,000-miles, you will not receive your 100% refund. A surcharge may also be added to the price of your Mercedes extended warranty if purchased more than 30-days after the purchase date of your car.
In terms of payment, Mercedes offers to options: pre-paying the entire cost of your extended warranty at the time of sale or breaking the cost of the warranty up into your financed car payments. One thing to be cautious about when rolling the price of your plan into the vehicle payment, is that you will also be paying interest on the plan in the end.
E: Again, it is difficult to give readers an exact price for a plan from Endurance, because so many factors can cause the price to fluctuate. Factors such as: mileage, age and model of the automobile, mileage extension, driving history, and much more can cause the price to change. What can be said, is that Endurance does cut out the “middle man” when providing extended vehicle protection so our prices are some of the lowest in the industry.
Endurance also offers flexible payment plans with zero added fees. Once a final quote is given to you, you are able to break the total cost into affordable monthly payments, there are no fees added whatsoever.
Mercedes: A big part of buying extended coverage for your car is the additional benefits that the manufacturer or third-party provider will give you. On their website, Mercedes lists three additional benefits: Trip Interruption, Emissions Parts Warranty, and Wheel & Tire Protection. All of these are great benefits to have- the trip interruption if you are traveling and you break down, the emissions parts warranty because you can get into big trouble if you don’t pass an emissions test, and the tire and wheel protection is great because those are two components that commonly have issues. While the first two benefits are included with your Mercedes Benz extended warranty, the Tire & Wheel Protection is available for an additional cost.
Endurance Warranty: Endurance also offers a wealth of benefits for Mercedes drivers who are looking to get the biggest bang for their buck. Additional benefits include:
- 24/7 Roadside Assistance- Fluid and fuel delivery, Tire repair, Battery Charges, and so much more are included in Endurance’s Roadside Assistance, included in every policy.
- Rental Car Benefits- Sometimes repairs can take longer than you expected, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. As a member of the Endurance family you receive rental car benefits for up to 7-days while your car is in the repair shop.
- Complimentary Towing Service- We know better than anyone else that mechanical break downs don’t usually occur right in front of a repair shop, which is why each policy we administer comes with towing service.
- Trip Interruption Assistance- If you’re traveling and your vehicle experiences a break down, enjoy lodging and meal reimbursement as an added bonus with your protection plan.
- and so much more.
The Next Steps to Your Mercedes Warranty:
While some drivers will choose to go directly to Mercedes Benz for their extended warranty, we believe that Endurance has just as much and even more to offer drivers. As the nation’s premier provider of extended vehicle protection, we are proud to be the only provider that is both A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and Gold-Certified by the Vehicle Protection Association. Call us today to find out why we’re the best and how we can empower confidence in you for the road ahead!
More About Mercedes Benz:
Mercedes Phone Number: 800-367-6372
Mercedes Official Website: http://www.mbusa.com/
Recalls, Safety Alerts, & Defects: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/recalls/auto/mercedes.html
*A Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) is often referred to as an “extended auto warranty”, but is not a warranty. A VSC does, however, provide repair coverage for your vehicle after the manufacturer’s warranty expires. A VSC is a contract between you and a VSC provider or administrator that states what is a covered repair and what is not. Endurance is an administrator of VSCs and does not sell warranties.*