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I'm getting a used car sent to a MB dealer. Is it reasonable to ask a MB dealer to do almost exactly what they do for a CPO inspection? (minus the warranty)

The car is about 80 miles from home and it's not feasible to get my trusted independent guy to handle this. There's a MB dealer next door to the BMW place where I am buying this 2012 SLK350 with 68,000 miles.

The BMW salesperson had the MB Service Manager's number saved in his phone and we called him this weekend. MB guy originally suggested an inspection for around $125 and I asked if that would be CPO-like and he said that would run $250.

I have a list of specific things to inspect from my observations of the car and the various "pick up list" threads on this message board. I am afraid of not being specific enough and my mechanical expertise is not that strong for this car.

What's your opinion of this sample report as a checklist for them? (edit: updated attachment - blank with extra tech section - try this link https://pictures.dealer.com/knauz/0ac86d310a0d02b7008140ed656a3dc3.pdf)

I am afraid of spending $250 only to get a 2 minute phone call back from the service adviser telling me "it's all good" and then have to pull teeth for details.

I am going to drive down there and hope MB will let me hang out in the service bay with the tech. If they don't allow that I expect I can talk with the mechanic after the inspection.
 
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