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Why Are German Cars More Expensive

Why Are German Cars More Expensive

Even among luxury vehicles, purchase price and maintenance on German autos tends to be a bit higher than their American and Asian counterparts, though many would argue that the difference in price is more than justified by the quality, prestige, and driving experience. Are you really just paying for quality, though? What is it that makes German cars more expensive? Labor Costs Most German cars are made, unsurprisingly, in Germany. Even BMW and Mercedes, which have manufacturing plants in the United States, are assembled from components made in Europe. European labor costs are much higher. Especially in developed countries like Germany, the United Kingdom, and Belgium, high wages and taxes make manufacturing far more expensive than in the Americas and Asia. This is one of the reasons German automakers have plants in other countries - they can save a little money and sell vehicles at a lower price by outsourcing assembly to a cheaper labor force. Those higher German labor costs get p ... read more

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Are Mercedes Expensive to Maintain

Are Mercedes Expensive to Maintain

Owning a luxury car is both a pleasure and a responsibility. The superior feel and performance of a car like a Mercedes Benz comes largely from the fine tuning and careful engineering that went into its creation. Those finely tuned systems need regular maintenance, though, if they’re going to keep performing at top efficiency. Are Mercedes expensive to maintain? That depends largely on what you consider expensive, and to what you’re comparing your maintenance costs. Compared to an average midsize sedan, Mercedes service and maintenance might seem high. Plus, the older your car, the more maintenance is going to be required as things wear out and need repair or replacement. On the other hand, independent studies have shown that Mercedes vehicles last longer than similar luxury brands before needing serious maintenance. When comparing Mercedes with other brands in its class, Mercedes Benz mainten ... read more