Mercedes-Benz Trucks has launched a new certified brand to help provide buyers with “peace of mind” when purchasing used products and support packages.
Every truck offered with a certified stamp will have undergone a multi-point inspection by technicians at the Wentworth Park complex near Bramley, where the manufacturer’s commercial vehicle remarketing operation is run.
Trucks offered for sale under the certified banner will be more than five and a half years old, or have covered more than 550,000 km. The first service will not be due for at least 20,000 km and tyres will have a tread depth of no less than 6mm, said Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Tom Morris, head of used trucks at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, said: “We understand that it’s not easy to find the right used truck.
“That’s why we created certified. Offering confidence by the truckload, it’s nothing less than a personal guarantee that a vehicle has been meticulously prepared by a truly passionate team of Mercedes-Benz truck specialists.
“If a truck hasn’t been through our dedicated facility, which is home to a unique concentration of inspection, maintenance, testing and tooling capabilities, then it hasn’t been certified.”
Mercedes-Benz Trucks said it will be at least five months before the vehicle requires an MOT test and the manufacturer’s warranty will be valid for a minimum of 12 months; enhanced Extend and ExtendPlus cover for the driveline and full vehicle respectively is also available on all certified trucks.
Scania recently launched a new used programme - Scania Go.
Morris said the Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK Dealer network had welcomed the launch of Mercedes-Benz Certified and the focus on sales of used vehicles, given the current strength of the used truck market.
He said: “The dealers are really excited about the new brand, which has consolidated and simplified our used truck offer.
“I’m not so naive as to think that the unprecedented demand for used vehicles we’re seeing now, is going to last. It won’t, because it’s a situation that’s arisen due to a very specific set of circumstances affecting not only our own industry but also wider economies, on an international scale.
“However, Mercedes-Benz Certified has not been designed to take advantage of a short-term phenomenon. Rather, it’s about sustainability and longevity. By managing the route to market for the very best used vehicles, we will underpin the premium values and future success of the entire Mercedes-Benz Trucks business here in the UK.
“Our ambition is that every Mercedes-Benz Certified customer should enjoy all the excitement and practical benefits in terms of reliability, fuel-efficiency, and safety, as the truck’s original owner. If that vehicle is also going back into our Dealer network to be maintained under contract, so much the better.”
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