Do assured Mercedes ex-rentals make good buys?

I am 73 and considering buying a used Mercedes C Class estate as the car that will 'see me out'. I am prepared to pay a premium for what I hope will be a degree of assurance on its longevity and I'm not really concerned about the retained value in due course. I am attracted to the idea of an ex-rental because it will have been serviced to schedule, has probably racked up its miles on motorways and they seem priced seductively. My journeys are mostly local but with monthly 300mile round trips to visit grandchildren etc.

Am I daft? If not, what should I look out for?

Asked on 3 November 2023 by BarryH

Answered by David Ross
There are positives and negatives to buying an ex-rental car. As you say, rental cars are usually serviced regularly and are more likely to longer journeys than frequent short trips. On the downside, there is no accounting for the kind of abuse it might have been subjected to, although this is arguably less likely for a more expensive rental such as a Mercedes.

It comes down to how well it compares in terms of pricing and specification compared to equivalent vehicles that are being sold privately or by a dealer. As long as the history is assured and it is priced competitively, it would be a sound choice.
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