So, you've decided that your automotive life is not complete without a Mercedes Benz? Whatever the logic that went into your choice, just deciding on a make of vehicle is barely half the battle.
Mercedes Benz has an especially astonishing array of sub-classes that make narrowing the choice almost dizzying. This article will outline a few things to keep in mind when test driving your new dream car.
Whenever you decide to buy a new vehicle, the first thing you must do is determine its purpose. What are you going to use this vehicle for? Are you ferrying kids back and forth to soccer practice? Are you picking up fancy business clients at the airport? Or are you simply looking for something to joyride up and down the coast on the weekend? Whatever the reason, this use will significantly narrow the size of the vehicle and how much power you need under the hood.
Next, you want to take a look at your budget and determine how much you want to spend. For many families, if this is going to be a multi-use vehicle that is driven every day, it makes sense to splurge a little more up front in order to get good quality. For some drivers looking to dump a lot of cash on a midlife crisis toy that will sit in the garage for most of the year due to poor winter driving conditions in their part of the country, price may be no object. For those of us on a realistic budget, there are a number of smaller or less powerful options that still carry the quality and longevity of the Mercedes Benz name.
Lastly, take a test drive. Price and purpose aside, there really isn't anything like comparing what a certain class of vehicle feels like behind the wheel and on the road. Choose a number of different types of vehicles within the sub-class you're interested in or even across classes and take them out for a spin. Something that you like from the exterior may not feel right on the inside and the converse is also very true. Often you may not like a particular external feature of a vehicle, but once you slip behind the wheel, the seat and console feel as if they were custom made just for you. It is important to take your family along for a ride too if they are going to be frequent passengers. Make sure everyone has room and room to grow.
In this way, you should be able to narrow down your choice and find a Mercedes Benz that you and your family can enjoy for years to come.