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How Much Does Interest Rate Affect Total Vehicle Cost?

How Does the Interest Rate Determine the Overall Vehicle Cost?

Getting your hands on your favorite car has become nothing less than a cakewalk these days. Banks and financial institutions are ever ready to loan their customers the required amount. However, the interest rate on car loans and the total cost of the vehicle are parameters that are intricately related to each other. Therefore, while applying for a car loan, it is important that you understand how the interest rate that you sign up for shall play out in determining the total cost of the vehicle. Understanding how the interest rate on your car loans affects the total cost of the vehicle shall help you make informed decisions about purchasing a brand-new car or a pre-owned luxury vehicle.

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Does Credit Score Exist Outside of America?

Does your credit score follow you outside America?

A credit score, in its simplest terms, is a numerical figure that determines a consumer’s creditworthiness in the financial market. Consumers with a high credit score are more likely to be eligible for loans, whereas those with a low score might find it difficult to find potential lenders. However, not everyone living outside America might be familiar with the concept of a credit score. Different countries have different yardsticks to measure the creditworthiness of the consumers. Therefore, while you might not have every country using the credit score to determine the eligibility of their consumers for different financial transactions, they shall have similar yardsticks to assess an individual’s financial health.

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Do vehicles cost different amounts in different states?

Factors Affecting Car Buying Prices from State to State

Shopping for a new vehicle presents one with a lot of factors to think about. Complicating the process is the fact that different dealerships sell vehicles for different prices: supply and demand, current offers, and other factors come into play to affect these prices.

Beyond the MSRP, factors that impact the cost of a vehicle include taxes, registration fees, dealer fees, and more. Many of these elements differ from state to state. As a result, do vehicles cost different amounts in different states?

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What are the pros and cons of financing a used car?

Positives and Negatives of Financing Vs. Buying a Pre-Owned Vehicle

If you’re making a substantial purchase any time soon, you’re probably leaning towards financing it. For big buys such as houses and cars, financing has emerged as the way that people make it doable.

Still, there are downsides to financing, and sometimes paying for something in full right off the bat is a wiser option when possible. Since they’re cheaper, used cars are easier to pay for in full than a new car, but most customers still opt to finance them. Customers paying us a visit here at Mercedes-Benz of Gilbert sometimes ask for our input: is financing a pre-owned vehicle a good idea? What are the pros and cons?

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What fleet program benefits does Mercedes-Benz offer for small businesses in Arizona?

Mercedes-Benz of Gilbert Small Business Owner Program Benefits

If you’re a small business owner, you’re probably scrambling to get every benefit you possibly can. After all, it’s simply good business practice to do so.

Luckily, benefits for small business owners abound here in Gilbert. Adding to the mix are the fleet program benefits we at Mercedes-Benz of Gilbert offer to drivers looking to add a Mercedes-Benz to their fleet. What benefits does our dealership offer to small business owners?

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Where can I find my 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 owner’s manual online?

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV and 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Owner’s Manuals

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Is a great vehicle for cruising the streets of Gilbert and beyond. Sometimes drivers ask us here at Mercedes-Benz of Gilbert what the best resource is for information regarding its operation. We usually tell them it’s the owner’s manual.

If you don’t happen to have a 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 owner’s manual in your possession, you’re likely wondering: where can I find my 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 owner’s manual online?

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How do I get an AFV license plate in Arizona?

Arizona Alternative-Fuel Vehicle License Plate Requirements

You may have seen vehicles driving around here in Arizona with an “AFV” license plate slapped on. This sweet license plate provides special, unique benefits for vehicles lucky enough to be outfitted with one. Eager drivers often run up to our team members here at Mercedes-Benz of Gilbert and demand to know: how does one get an AFV license plate for their vehicle in Arizona?

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Should I hide my license plate number in pictures?

Importance (or Lack Thereof) of Hiding One’s License Plate Number in Photos

If you’ve seen people post pictures of cars on the internet, you’ve likely seen them blur out or block their license plate number in one way or another. With all the fear in the air these days about identify theft and the like, this may seem reasonable. On the other hand, your license plate is generally flaunted openly for the whole world to see whenever you drive or park, anyways.

Due to this rather odd juxtaposition, we often get customers coming in and asking us here at Carl Black Orlando: is it a good idea to hide my license plate number if I post pictures of my car online?

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Where can I find my VIN?

Vehicle Identification Number Locations

You can think of a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) as kind of like a social security number for your vehicle. It’s a one-of-a-kind string of characters that can help identify for your ride in the sea of cars that exist in this world. Unlike a social security number, however, there’s no need to keep your VIN confidential.

Customers sometimes ask us here at Mercedes-Benz of Gilbert: where can I find the VIN on my vehicle?

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When should I take my Mercedes-Benz in to have the tires replaced?

Signs That Your Mercedes-Benz Tires Need Replacing

It can be tough to determine when your tires need to be replaced. To help, we’ve included the video below, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz, that goes over the key signs to look for to determine whether or not your Mercedes-Benz tires are in need of replacing. We at Mercedes-Benz of Gilbert find this to be a helpful tool to let drivers know when their ride needs fresh rubber.

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