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The dealer should be able to do the test they do for the annual service that is recommended/required. They should give you a print out - demand one. Attached is what the test looks like for the 451. The 453 may be identical or at least very similar.

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Which battery was replaced - the 12v or the HV? If just the 12v, it probably wouldn't make a difference to me. I'd just go with the best overall car, price, options, etc. If it was the HV battery that was just replaced, I'd go with that one depending on the warranty. Not sure what the warranty would be on a replacement HV battery, but replacement parts are typically only warranted for one year. Is the HV battery different? In any case I'd sure want them to run and show me the battery test results.

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See if you can coax them to give you or at least let you see the car's VMI (Vehicle Master Inquiry). That will tell you every maintenance item that was ever done at the dealership.

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Sounds like a shady operation there MB DNA. Glad I wasn't involved. :)

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