Mercedessource Comes to Portland : Mercedes-Benz automobiles from the late 1990’s into the 2000’s

Saturday, February 20, 2016 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
71 SE Main Street
Stacy Rollins

Join us February 20th for a special educational event focusing on searching for, evaluating and acquiring a Mercedes-Benz automobile from the late 1990’s into the 2000’s.  We’ve asked a Mercedes-Benz expert named Kent Bergsma, founder of MercedesSource, to present this topic to our membership and he has agreed.  You do not have to be an automobile genius or hard-core shade tree mechanic to benefit from this meeting.  Any member who owns, or is considering purchasing one of these cars will gain valuable information.
Many members like the simplicity of the older model Mercedes cars.  They are afraid of the newer “computerized” cars, and they continue to drive their older ones. The reality is these cars are wearing out as the miles and years accumulate. Despite Mercedes-Benz quality construction, they do wear out and owners have to face the reality of getting a newer Mercedes – or switching to something else.
This meeting’s topics are:
·         “Truth or Fiction” – internet misinformation and fear of the newer cars;
·         “How to Beat the Odds” – finding your next Mercedes and evaluating its condition;
·         “Knowledge is Power” – the technical aspects of these cars and known problem areas;
·         Member questions and answers
The meeting will be held at Burback Motors, 71 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214.  It starts at 10:00am and ends about 3:00pm.  There will be a break at lunchtime, and lunch will be provided by the club.  Coffee, juice, and breakfast items will also be provided before the start of the meeting.  There is an event fee of $25.00 per person.  Many thanks to Mike and Pam Burback for letting the club use their shop for this event.
Some information about our guest speaker, Kent Bergsma.  Kent owns a business called MercedesSource, which is located in Bellingham, WA.  It started as a repair shop specializing in Mercedes-Benz – which was much needed in the local area.  In 1999 he started selling used, then new, Mercedes parts via a still young internet based operation named eBay.  Kent’s eBay sales grew rapidly, but with an unexpected side-effect: parts purchasers began calling Kent for instructions on how to install the parts.

Kent started writing and publishing “how to” booklets that explained various parts installations, and Mercedes maintenance and service procedures.  This part of the company continued to grow, eventually surpassing the repair business.  Ultimately the repair shop was closed down to focus on the growing parts and instruction operation.  About 7 years ago the company moved to a new location to better support the growing internet business.  Today Kent produces how-to videos along with printed instructions, and he has begun designing and manufacturing specialty kits and tools for the home mechanic.  His YouTube channel “Mercedessource” has over 54,000 subscribers worldwide with close to 15 million views. He will soon reach a total of 1000 videos he has filmed that are specific to owning and maintaining Mercedes Benz cars.  Be sure to check out his recent video on driving his personal red 1970 280SL roadster. The title of the video on YouTube is “Mercedes 1970 280SL Ride-a-long: Happier than You Can Image.”
Kent is very knowledgeable and an engaging speaker.  Mark your calendars now and plan on attending this event, which is sure to be interesting, educational, and useful for club members.  Please RSVP in advance.
What:                Mercedes-Benz automobiles from the late 1990’s into the 2000’s
When:               Saturday, February 20, 2016
                          10:00 am to 3:00pm
Where:              Burback Motors
                          71 SE Main Street
                          Portland, OR 97214
How Much      $25.00 per person

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