Mercedes are high-performance luxury vehicles that are designed to handle to an exceptional level. If you’re considering purchasing a vehicle created by this long-established brand, it’s likely that you’ll be eager to ensure that it continues to function to the highest possible standard.

If you’re wondering how to maintain your Mercedes Benz to an optimal degree, you may have a few questions – such as “is a Mercedes Benz hard to maintain?” and “what are the maintenance costs involved in owning this kind of vehicle?”.

The team at Dronsfields are automotive experts specialising in the Mercedes brand, can help you with some answers. Read on to find out a little more about what you need to do to keep your Mercedes performing as it should – along with the typical cost to maintain it.

Is A Mercedes Benz Hard To Maintain?

Doing your best to approach the servicing of your vehicle responsibly will help you to keep it running smoothly. If you do everything right and follow our advice, this should be very easy indeed. 

If you’re wondering how to maintain your Mercedes Benz effectively, you may find that the vehicle itself helps to answer your question once you’ve purchased it. Find out how below.

How to maintain your Mercedes Benz

Mercedes vehicles produced after 2009 are subject to a specialist servicing scheme, whereby your car will automatically count down to the time when you next need to book it in for a check over.

There are two types of Mercedes service involved in this scheme – the Mercedes Service A and the Mercedes Service B.

The Mercedes Service A is a basic series of checks and top-ups, while the Mercedes Service B is a little more in-depth. The Mercedes system is programmed to discern which type of service you require at any time depending on the mileage you cover, the type of terrain you tackle and the way you handle your car.

Once you’ve had one service, the counter will be reset and you will be reminded when it is determined that your car needs another. At this point, you will once again be told whether a Service A or Service B is required.

All Mercedes vehicles – no matter their age – are eligible to be registered on a fixed-price service plan created by Mercedes themselves. From as little as £28 per month, you can choose from 2 services to be spread over 12 or 24 months, 3 services to be spread over 12, 24 or 36 months or 4 services to be spread over 12, 24, 36 or 48 months to suit your preference.

If your Mercedes does not fall into the category of vehicles that benefit from the A or B servicing scheme and you prefer not to utilise a fixed-price plan, you should follow the general approach to vehicular health-checks. This involves a full service once a year or every 12,000 miles – whichever comes first. If you wish to take extra care, you can arrange an additional interim service every six months if you undertake regular long-distance driving or cover difficult terrain.

It’s a good idea to always book your car into a garage or service centre in which the mechanics are Mercedes approved and fully trained to work on your specific brand of vehicle. It’s more likely that they’ll do a stellar job if they’re familiar with every component of your car.

How much does a Mercedes cost to maintain and service? 

Mercedes maintenance costs are down to the model you own – for example, an interim service will usually cost between £80.00 and £155.00 and a full service comes in from £175.00 to £250.00, depending on the exact type of vehicle you drive.

The overall maintenance costs of a Mercedes Benz will be easy to keep low as long as you stick to a proper servicing schedule. Neglecting to book regular check-ups may mean that minor operational problems will become exacerbated and may lead to mechanical faults that are very costly to replace – and potentially dangerous.

So investing in timely servicing will mean that the cost to maintain your vehicle may be heavily reduced in the long run.

It goes without saying that you should also treat your Mercedes responsibly, driving carefully and avoiding risky situations that may lead to damage. This too will, of course, reduce the cost of maintaining it.

How much does a Mercedes cost to MOT? 

All cars – including high-performance vehicles like Mercedes – should cost around the same amount to MOT. This is usually between £40 and £60. Your vehicle only requires an MOT once per year, and you won’t need to arrange one until your car is more than three years old.

How costly is it to replace car parts on your Mercedes?

Mercedes helpfully displays a damage charge matrix on their website, detailing the estimated cost of every type of damage to each part.

However, the exact price of any part naturally depends on whether the replacement component is new or second hand.

The great thing about Mercedes is that their parts are designed with longevity in mind. That means that you can usually invest in cheaper used components without worrying about performance. 

This is another reason to take your Mercedes to a specialist service centre like the ones run by Dronsfields. These establishments often have access to used parts that are purpose-built for Mercedes – so you’ll pay lower prices without having to settle for subpar, one-size-fits-all components that may not last as long or perform as well as one that was specially designed for your vehicle.

So, in answer to the question “is a Mercedes Benz hard to maintain?” we can confidently answer: no. Not as long as you keep up to date with servicing, make an effort to fix issues as soon as they arise and avoid risky or dangerous situations that may result in damage being incurred.


If you are interested in booking your Mercedes Benz vehicle in for a full or interim service or an MOT – or you would like to discuss fleet maintenance and management or any form of service plan – feel free to get in touch with the team of experts at Dronsfields today. We will be more than happy to respond to your queries and make arrangements to best suit your requirements.

We are a family run business with over 40 years of experience within the automotive industry, and our staff are highly experienced in maintaining both personal and commercial Mercedes.