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Ordering a Mercedes-Benz Could Take Up to a Year

A Mercedes-Benz official told a German newspaper the automaker might be forced to delay deliveries of certain custom-ordered models by as much as a year due to difficulties sourcing some essential parts.

Speaking with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung paper in Frankfurt, CEO Ola Kallenius of Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler said, “For some models, the waiting times are longer than we would like, in some cases over a year.”

The ongoing chip shortage that has devastated new-car production across the globe seems to be hitting Mercedes especially hard. The automaker previously said its U.S. model lineup will skip versions with V8 power for the 2022 model year. Mercedes has not specifically said the decision to halt V8 production for the American market is over the chip crisis. However, doing so opens up the ability for the company to build more of its higher-volume models.

Accordingly, some dealers across the country have advertised hefty markups.

Ads for prices over the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) are most common on higher-end Mercedes-Benz models. For instance, a dealer in Brooklyn, New York, advertises a G63 AMG for $301,600 on Autotrader. Clearly visible in the images the dealer uploaded is an addendum listing a $125,000 “market adjustment,” nearly doubling the SUV’s offering price over MSRP. See Mercedes-Benz models for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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