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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
I'm so glad I found and read this forum. I've chosen not to buy an ED (and I'll explain why in a moment) but you folks helped me dodge a bullet.
I've been shopping for an electric, and I found an ad for a '14 ED for $4200. Great! What a bargain!
But the ad said "Must purchase BAP". That's when I found this forum.
I test-drove the car. The 3rd party dealer said I didn't really have to purchase BAP, but without it, not only would I lose battery protection, but also the entire factory warranty. For $4200, I figured I'd take the gamble.
Then I read the many BAP posts in this forum. Surprise, surprise, the dealer was lying to me! He did tell me that he bought the car from Mercedes Financial, so I *know* it has BAP, and now I know I have to keep paying for it. Over a 5-year period, BAP will cost more than the car. Maybe it's not such a bargain after all - and maybe it is, but it certainly isn't the screaming deal it seemed to be at first.
Based upon what I've read here, I hope that one day some smarty-pants lawyer tries to take this on. The situation is without legal precedent... to wit, I can have a free and clear title to a car, while another party can claim ownership of PART of that car?? I'm no lawyer, but that seems like it begs for a fight, given the fact that the buyer for this car has no contract whatsoever with MBUSA. Would it fall back on them? On the selling dealer? Who knows, but I'm not going to be the test case, racking up lawyer bills while my remotely-disabled car sits wherever I last shut it off.
Again, let me thank the members of the forum for providing the information I wouldn't have gotten elsewhere!