Membership Benefits with the Mercedes-Benz Club of America

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Mercedes-Benz Club of America

A longtime financial professional, Mark Marinello oversaw more than $10 billion in capital during his tenure as treasury director of Huawei Technologies, Co., Ltd., in London. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Mark Marinello is a car enthusiast and a member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA).

MBCA offers numerous annual benefits to its American and Canadian members. In addition to a subscription to The Star Magazine and a variety of service discounts, MBCA members enjoy unique privileges such as inclusion in the club’s Loyalty Rewards Program. Through the program, those who have been members in good standing with MBCA for over a year qualify for a $500 credit toward the purchase of a new Mercedes-Benz.

In addition, MBCA offers an identity protection plan through the Identity Patrol system. The plan includes a range of services, such as a personalized identity theft risk score, continual monitoring to prevent theft, and $1 million in protection insurance in case of identity theft.

Each autumn, MBCA organizes a members-only trip to Germany, which features visits to a number of destinations across the country. For $2,500, members have the opportunity to see the Sindelfingen Mercedes-Benz assembly plant or take a guided tour through the historic Carl Benz Museum in Ladenburg.


Car Restoration – Fuel Gauge Problems?

Outside of his work with Huawei Technologies in London, Mark Marinello enjoys restoring antique cars, particularly Jaguar and Mercedes vehicles. Mark Marinello is currently working on restoring a 1973 Mercedes to aesthetic and mechanical perfection.

One common problem observed in classic cars is instrument failure, including damaged fuel gauges. The combination of unfavorable environmental conditions, old age, and existing wear often leads to severe damage. These issues, however, can usually be fixed fairly easily.

A fuel gauge may read full at all times. This problem requires the replacement of wires in the sender or between the sender and the gauge. The gauge can also read empty at all times, which can either be a similar electrical problem or the result of a damaged float. By removing or disconnecting different wires, those restoring the car can find the true source of the issue and ultimately determine which components in the assembly need replacing.