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Wise to buy a pre-owned Mercedes

Not everybody can afford a new car, especially a Mercedes-Benz, but a pre-owned Mercedes-Benz warranty is engineered to satisfy most buyers looking for an automobile in the luxury class.

Park Avenue Motors, at 3290 Park Blvd. in Palo Alto, is a factory authorized signature dealer only dealing with pre-owned Mercedes-Benz autos. The owner, Karl van Kempen, has been in business 25 years in the same location working with Mercedes-Benz automobiles. He has lived in Los Altos for more than 30 years.

Van Kempen hand-picks most of his Mercedes-Benz cars from customers or leased cars coming off company and individual leases. No car without an excellent service record or history of service will be accepted as pre-owned. The cars are delivered to the service department where they under go a 90-point technical check-up, visual inspection and an on-the-road test procedure.

"We are a factory authorized signature dealer," van Kempen said. "That means everything we do to the car is signed by the person who does the work. Pre-owned cars are all reconditioned on the premises and the car is covered with a house warranty and in many cases, will also be covered by a manufacturing warranty.

"We are also a factory authorized service point," van Kempen said. "That means we can do service work and warranty work for new Mercedes-Benz cars purchased at other locations."

Bart Hood, sales manager for Park Avenue Motors, said the most popular and most frequently purchased Mercedes-Benz is the "E" class.

"We usually have around 25 or 30 pre-owned Mercedes-Benz automobiles in inventory," Hood said. "There are different models and different year cars from the early 1990s and late 1980s vintage, and at least a third are in the E class."

Park Avenue Motors has a leasing plan for pre-owned Mercedes-Benz cars. All leasing is done on the premises and financial arrangements are available for leasing. Specific models not on the sales lot can be located from zone area inventories.

"Every car that is driven out of our lot is detailed and filled with gas," Hood said. "We don't sell any cars as is. We want the customer to drive out of our lot with no thoughts of repair or service on their mind."

Park Avenue Motors is located at 3290 Park Blvd., Palo Alto. For more information, call 494-0311.

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