Mercedes owner ‘horrified’ new battery will cost him £15,000 – more than the car is worth
JANUARY 26, 2022tags: Electric Cars
By Paul Homewood
From Leicester Mercury:
Ranjit Singh believed he was doing his bit for the environment when he bought a second-hand Mercedes Benz hybrid car four years ago – thinking its lower CO2 emissions meant it was greener than the alternatives.
However, he was stunned when the battery on the eight-year-old car failed recently and he was quoted £15,000 for a replacement – more than the current value of the car itself.
Ranjit, 63, who lives in the Knighton area of Leicester, bought the vehicle at a Mercedes Benz dealership for £27,000. An avid Mercedes fan, he was convinced he was doing the right thing by choosing a more environmentally-friendly car.
At the time of purchase, the car had done 49,000 miles and worked a treat until this year, he told LeicestershireLive this week.
He says he got the car checked by Mercedes Benz and was told that the battery had come to the end of its life after just eight years of motoring.
The car owner claims he was quoted £15,000 for a battery replacement – excluding labour costs which he was quoted would be roughly around £200 an hour.
He told LeicestershireLive: “I have always been a Mercedes customer and loved the cars they produce and we bought the car for its reliability.
“I’m horrified by what has happened. I feel I now have just two options – scrap the eight-year-old car or spend more than it is worth.
“We checked on Auto Trader and it says the car value now stands at just £12,850.”
Mr Singh claimed that he went to see a hybrid specialist who advised him there was nothing else he could do and that there was no cheaper repair available.
According to Mr Singh, the specialist himself owned a 2018 Mercedes-Benz Hybrid and has the same problem.
He added: “We also looked online at Mercedes-Benz forums, and found a lot of people facing the same issues. I fear this is only
going to get worse.”
Mr Singh claims the battery died after just eight years
Mr Singh’s daughter, Ramnik Kaur, 36, works in the motoring industry herself.
She said: “Dad is very disappointed, stressed and doesn’t know what to do with the car. As a a retired person, he doesn’t have that kind of money.
“Any reasonable person wouldn’t expect a car that costs £27,000 would have a battery that would die after eight years.
“It almost feels like mis-selling on Mercedes’ part. Had we known this expense was possible at the outset, he would not have purchased it in the first place.
“This information is not readily available and I’ve only found people discussing it in online forums.”
However, Mercedes Benz says information is available online and customers are informed of the battery certificate upon purchasing.
A spokesperson told LeicestershireLive: “We have based the general information below on a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class mild hybrid with a 125V high voltage battery, rather than a plug-in hybrid.
“In 2014, the 125V high voltage battery was covered by the standard three year manufacturer’s warranty (unlimited mileage).
“Without the background information, we are unable to comment on why the high voltage battery required replacement in this particular case.
“Outside influences can contribute to reduced battery life, for example, operating conditions of the car, accidents, repairs and general maintenance.
“When purchasing a new or used hybrid car from a Mercedes-Benz Retailer, customers are informed of the battery certificate, which is alongside the warranty information on the Owners’ Area of the Mercedes-Benz Cars UK website and the smart.com website.”
Because EVs are much more expensive new, it has been assumed by finance companies that second hand values will be commensurately higher.
This is a stark reminder that this is nonsense. Either second hand buyers will be stung, or the banks financing EVs will be in for a big shock.