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Hello, New owner of a 2016 Metris Passenger van. Am wondering about normal service and maintenance since there is no MB dealer within 120 miles from my home. What do I look for to find a qualified mechanic or shop to do routine maintenance work. (my van is out of factory warranty.) Is their a certain MB certification for mechanics?
 

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Since MB dealers are so far from you, I am not sure that a MB mechanic would be that near you. I don’t know if there are specific factory certifications (but knowing MB there probably are) but the real key thing is: MBs are different than other cars. You are looking for a mechanic that works exclusively on European cars, and at least primarily, if not exclusively, on Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

The best one I know, for instance, used to be a tech for my local dealer, then started his own garage working exclusively on MB diesels, before eventually branch out into newer gas models. He primarily repairs MBs, second most Peugeot, a few Volvo’s, and the occasional Bimmer- and I really mean he does more Pugs than Volvo’s or BMWs. And about 90% of his business is MB.

In absence of a Mercedes specialist, look for someone who works on French cars, Pugs especially. At the very least they will be a mechanic who grasps that there are cars that are strange and requires painstaking and diligent maintenance.

Finally if you find a non-hipster who owns an older Benz, ask them where they would take it- even if they tend to wrench their own car, they likely know someone for heavy work.
 

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And because the Metris is very new, some MB dealers won't touch them. Unless that dealer sells them. Even my more than capable Indie MB is very limited to what he can do until he gets more tech info.
 

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Now that you're out of warranty, just find an honest mechanic that likes to work on German cars. Also for DIY, EuropartsSD has good selection and pricing. With any German stuff, read the instructions first always and you'll see how well it's designed for service.
As for my experience with MB dealers, you'll find good mechanics and parts people, but you'll be expected to help subsidize their high brow image they're still trying to maintain out on the sales floor.
 

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as for my experience with mb dealers, you'll find good technicians and parts people, but you'll be expected to help subsidize their Metris they're still trying to maintain out on the sales floor.
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