WILL you ever trade in your brand-new Japanese car for a 10-year Mercedes Benz? Sometime in 1990, Rene Nuñez just did that.
“My parents allowed me to trade in my brand-new Lancer for a used 10-year old Mercedes Benz CE,” he added.
His love for cars and the Mercedes Benz brand started from visiting his father’s workplace.
“My father worked for Northern Motors, GM [General Motors] Phils Inc. in the 1960s and 1970s. So being exposed to cars at that age, I was leaning toward the brand of Mercedes mainly because of the durability and prestige it brought at the time,” he said.
“So as a young kid, I said ‘I will consider myself successful if I am able to buy a Mercedes Benz,’” Nuñez added.
So in 1990, he got his first Mercedes Benz by trading in his brand-new Lancer and added more cars bearing the tri-star to his garage. To date, he has 12 Mercedes Benz collectible cars plus several others bearing the GM brand, among others.
And at the showroom of CATS Motors Inc. along EDSA, one of Nuñez’s cars – a 1969 280 SE in immaculate condition – is displayed and it never fails to catch the attention of people entering the showroom.
Nuñez said what makes Mercedes Benz highly collectible cars is they are durable and there is no shortage of parts.
“It’s the least painstaking [to restore]because everything [parts]is available in Germany. Unlike other cars, there are parts you cannot buy. What’s good about Mercedes, whatever part [you need], if they don’t have it on stock they’ll make it for you. That’s how dedicated they are to the heritage of the brand,” he added.
Motorists who also drive Mercedes Benz cars from the 1980s and 1990s also swear to their durability.
“You fix them [Mercedes Benz cars] once, and they won’t break down,” Nuñez said.