Many owners wonder if they should buy Original Equipment Manufacturer or aftermarket Mercedes Benz parts online. Product quality can be difficult to discern from a small online photo, and for non-automotive items you usually get what you pay for - but that doesn't mean aftermarket replacement items are lesser quality then OEM. Rather, realize that buying items with the automaker's trademarked logo or box will cost substantially more than the exact same item in the manufacturer's plain packaging. So don't focus solely on price differences between OEM and aftermarket, because the logo license fee can really inflate the price. OEM often cost two or three times as much as aftermarket, so it's more accurate to simply compare prices between aftermarket Mercedes parts. You may find the most expensive aftermarket part is only half the cost of OEM, yet is often of similar quality. Or if you're on a tight budget, don't be afraid to go with economy aftermarket equipment and accessories. Being car enthusiasts ourselves, CPD hates defective items just as much as our customers so we refuse to sell the cheap or used pieces often sold by our competitors. We pride ourselves on providing terrific value, regardless of what you need to get your Benz operating at full power and optimum mileage.
History of Mercedes
In January, 1886, Karl Benz attached a gasoline-powered engine to a steam-powered motorcycle, creating the world's first modern-day motorcycle. That same year engineer Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler adapted a gasoline engine to an 1873 Bollee steam-powered car, and later as the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (Daimler Motor Company, DMG) marketed the first Mercedes parts car in 1901. By 1926 the two rapidly growing companies merged to create the MB brand, which has continued the Maybach and Daimler tradition of innovative automobile parts ever since.
Today the marque is one of the largest carmakers in the world, and thanks to its outstanding reputation for performance, luxury and quality, owner loyalty is extremely high. Many owners keep their automobiles for decades, even restoring them to better-than-new condition once the cars become valuable classics. Such enthusiasm for these fine vehicles means demand for aftermarket and OEM parts is extremely high, but fortunately CPD's online warehouse has a huge Mercedes Benz parts inventory and selection. From the 190SL to the 300E and every model in between, chances are CPD has what you need to keep your sporty luxury car or SUV driving like new.
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