In 2013, Mercedes-Benz USA achieved the highest annual sales volumes in its history with 312,534 units sold for the Mercedes-Benz brand.

As a symbol of luxury, Mercedes-Benz vehicles are still seen as the top of the top when it comes to luxury cars. As such, it’s important to know how to care for your Mercedes Benz to keep it in tip-top shape. Here are five ways you can keep your Mercedes Benz in pristine condition.

  • Check the oil: This tip seems fairly obvious, but it’s an important step to take with any vehicle you’re driving. It is very important to use the fluids recommended in the Mercedes owner’s manual, particularly for brakes, transmission and steering. Many Mercedes owners switch to synthetic oils, if they haven’t already been installed in the vehicle. Follow regular scheduled oil changes, about every six months or 7,500 miles. If you stick with traditional oil, it should routinely be changed every 5,000 miles.
  • Keeping it clean: Another fairly obvious tip, but it should be done correctly. While it’s important to keep the outside of the car clean, take time to clean the underside too. If you live in area where winter weather is an issue, taking time to hose off the grime and rust from underneath will keep the car performing at its best. Cleaning a car might seem like a tedious job, but the less moisture you’ve got clinging to your car and the cleaner it is, the better. For the outside, regularly washing and waxing your Mercedes will help prevent dirt and road chemicals from oxidizing and damaging paint.
  • Consider everything: There are plenty of things you can do to keep your vehicle going, but there are other things to consider too. One of the things you can do for preventative maintenance is to avoid having your Mercedes in heavy impact situations. When you’re driving, keep an ear out for unusual sounds or feelings as you drive. The last thing you want is to ignore a problem, have a serious issue and have to pay up for Mercedes Benz body parts when something bad happens.
  • Care for your tires: All car parts serve an important purpose in making a car run, but it’s important to keep the tires in good shape. After all, it’s the tires which give a driver the ability to start, stop and maneuver when you’re driving. Tires should be rotated and balanced every six months and inspected regularly for wear and damage.
  • Keep it cool: Keeping the oil, transmission and steering fluids up to date is important, but so is maintaining your Mercedes’ cooling system. To do that, switch your SmartKey to position two in the ignition and check the coolant level. The coolant temperature has to be below 158 degrees F in order for you to open the coolant reservoir. A mix of coolant and distilled water should keep your Mercedes’ cooling system functioning at its proper levels.

Even following these tips, things happen to cars and if you’re in need of Mercedes Benz body parts, your local Mercedes dealership can point you in the right direction. Modern supply systems, barcoding and part numbering have made it easier to find the right part for the right car, whether you’re looking for Mercedes Benz body parts or vintage Mercedes parts.

Many car manuals or manufacturer websites have part number information and buyers can use this to purchase the right parts even without looking at the box. Before you make any purchase of Mercedes body parts, call a Mercedes dealership to confirm your specific part number. This is for a few reasons: some Mercedes Benz body parts are unique to certain engine and transmission combinations. Also, parts can have high premiums at the retail counter and you might have better luck online.

As a luxury car, it’s important to follow proper care car tips to keep your Mercedes Benz in good shape. If you do need work done on your Mercedes, talk to folks at your local Mercedes dealership to help find the exact parts you need and the best deal to fix your car.