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Mercedes Benz is a name South Africans have come to trust. The name equals reliability, innovation and classic good looks and to many, the name is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Buying a used Mercedes-Benz in South Africa is easy and can save you a tonne of money. Even used, a Mercedes often has a lot of life left in it and will last for years to come.
Mercedes Benz was founded in 1926 by Karl Benz and Paul Daimler in Stuttgart, Germany. The company was originally called Daimler-Benz and the company designed the first automobile, the Patent Motorwagen in 1886. The Patent Motorwagen was produced from 1886 until 1893, and each automobile was hand-built. Later Mercedes models were successfully marketed by Daimler and the first time the Mercedes-Benz name was used was in 1926. Throughout history, different Mercedes models were driven by Adolf Hitler, British royalty and other notable people. Today, several models of Mercedes are produced in South Africa as well as in Vietnam, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Nigeria.
Popular Mercedes Models
There are more popular Mercedes-Benz models that are easier to find and often less expensive than others. These include the SLK convertible and the C-Class. Before deciding on a model, it helps to do a little research to know exactly what each model has to offer.
The SLK was introduced in 1996 and is still being made today. The SLK comes in a convertible and coupe and is one of the company's best-selling automobiles. Upon its initial release, it was hailed as one of the first cars with a retractable hardtop and featured things such as a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine and a choice of 5-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The C-Class was produced starting in 1993. The class as a whole is a line of compact luxury cars designed to offer advanced fuel efficiency and is available in a sedan or wagon. Engine sizes vary and can range from a 1.8-litre inline 4-cylinder to 1 3.0-litre turbocharged V6. The C-Classseries offers drivers a choice between petrol and diesel engines and manual or automatic transmissions.
When shopping for a used Mercedes Benz in South Africa, keep in mind that these cars hold onto their resale value very well and even a used car can cost more than many new cars. However, the ingenuity and technology used in these vehicles often make them well worth the added expense."