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Using the $100 Mercedes Benz Certificate from Amex
I had my wife sign up for the Mercedes Benz Platinum a few months back before it disappeared for good. One of the lesser known perks of the card is that you get a $100 certificate to use at a Mercedes Benz dealer. This is intended to be used on repairs for your Benz I think, but it can be used on merchandise at the dealership as well.
Using the Certificate
We headed off to the closest Mercedes Benz dealership with the certificate in hand. We checked out all of the stuff they had to offer and when we went to redeem it they told us they didn’t know how to use it. They claimed that it had to be drawn up as a car repair or something like that. They said we should come back during the week when the woman in the office was working and would know how to do it. Basically they were lazy and didn’t want to do anything.
So we decided to head to the next closest Benz dealership which actually had a lot more to offer. It seems like each dealership has different items and not every one has a merchandise store. If they do have a store it is usually in the repair shop office area.
The second location had
- T-shirts, polo shirts, coats, sweaters,
- towels, beach chairs, beach bags
- a Monopoly game, toy cards, stuffed animals, soccer balls
- cologne, perfume, bracelets, earrings
- tumblers, coffee mugs, decanters, champagne glasses
- key chains, flashlights & more
Needless to say it had a lot to choose from. Once we picked out what we wanted we gave the woman the certificate. She didn’t know how to use it either and I thought, here we go again. But she was very pleasant and assured us they would figure it out. She went to the back and a few minutes later it was handled and we had to pay the $2 difference.
What did we Get?
We went back and forth on a few things. I even consider buying some stuff for resale. We ended up settling on a t-shirt for myself, a cardigan/wrap type of sweater for my wife, and a pop up beach table with cup holders.
I don’t put a lot of value in this perk because these are things I would have never normally bought. Having said that I am not going to pass up some free swag! You could also look at resale options if you just want to cash out the certificate and offset some of the annual fee you paid.
My advice would be that if the first dealer is being a pain just go on to the next one. Also if you don’t like what the first one has to offer it is worth checking a second one if you have multiple locations near you.
Let me know if you have used the perk and what you ended up getting in the comments section.
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