Mercedes-Benz is among an exclusive club of well-built, reliable vehicles in an ever-evolving market – and its forward-thinking German engineering has quite an extensive history. Technicians must be specifically certified to conduct maintenance on these cars to ensure quality care and service, which German Cars of Sarasota prides itself in providing to clients for more than four decades.
The highest certification offered by Mercedes-Benz is its Master Guild Recognition Program, which rewards outstanding dealership employees and immerses them in the rich heritage of German manufacturing. The Master Guild is an exclusive club comprised of the top 40 master technicians in the U.S. – and the only two people to hold this prestigious title in Sarasota, Ron and J.V., now operate German Cars of Sarasota. To add perspective, achieving master technician status, a group of roughly 4,000 specialists nationwide, requires five years of work on Mercedes-Benz vehicles and high scores during annual testing.
Master Guild members are also treated to a one-week, all-inclusive trip to Stuttgart, Germany – the headquarters for Daimler AG, which is the parent company of Mercedes-Benz. Members tour test tracks, engine plants and explore the coveted AMG factory.
Yes, you can service your Mercedes-Benz, especially in the first year of ownership. For vehicles with 20,000 miles, a Mercedes-Benz Service B visit is necessary. Higher mileage vehicles and older models are best serviced by a master technician.
Servicing your vehicle yourself will require you to register the service that was performed. Failure to do this will cause the ASSYST PLUS to display a “Past Due” indicator on the dash display. These error messages can affect your warranty as well as the resale value of your vehicle.
On-going service costs vary widely based on the age and model. Mercedes-Benz says owners should budget between $600 and $1,200 annually for Mercedes maintenance. Contact us to find out what you can expect to pay for your next service.
About a month before a service is due, you’ll see one of the following messages in your dash display:
Next Service A in ## days
Next Service A in ### miles
The letter following “Service” will change between A, B and C depending on your vehicle’s age and mileage. For example, after 20,000 miles you’ll see a code for Service B. Then, about 16,000 miles later, you may see a code for Service C.
If a service interval is missed, the ASSYST PLUS on your display panel will let you know how past due the service is:
Service C exceeded by ## days
Service C exceeded by #### miles
In general, Service A is first required at 10,000 miles or one year. Service B is required at 20,000 miles or two years, and Service C is recommended at around 36,000 miles.
Mercedes-Benz service codes are based on the mileage and age of the vehicle.
If you want to your vehicle to remain in good working order and to keep from voiding your warranty, you should have your Mercedes-Benz serviced regularly. Regular servicing is cheaper than the repairs that come from skipping maintenance.
We are proud to provide the cost-effective, quality alternative to MERCEDES-BENZ dealer service. From a tune-up, oil change or engine repairs on a vintage 380SL to complete scheduled maintenance or brake service on a current model, you can trust that a MERCEDES-BENZ service and repair expert will care for your car. Our skilled MERCEDES-BENZ Master Certified Technician is qualified for gas, diesel and high-performance AMG engine, transmission and chassis repairs.
Our service and repair shop was one of the first independent MERCEDES-BENZ service providers in the country to utilize the factory Star Diagnostic System (SDS) computer, receiving continuous service updates at the same time as authorized dealers. We stock a large inventory of quality parts. All repairs are covered by a 24-month/24,000-mile warranty on parts and labor, and our precision services allow current model MERCEDES-BENZ owners to maintain factory warranty coverage.
Air Conditioning • Annual maintenance & comprehensive inspection • BRAKES • Dust-free ceramic brake pads • Dealer-level diagnostic services • Electrical • Engine & Transmission • Exhaust system • Hunter HawkEye four-wheel alignment • Oil Change & fluid services • Engine Tune/Spark Plugs • All-season and Performance tires • Pre-Purchase Inspection • Free Check Engine Light Inspections • Alignment Service and Repair.
Call 941-955-1972 to schedule an appointment.