My wife and I just leased a 2001 ML 320 from Clairidges in Fremont, CA. The MSRP was $42,470 and the discounted price was $39,700. We leased for 48 months with a money factor of .000379. We were treated incredibly well and would recommend them in an instant.
BEWARE OF STEAD MOTORS in Walnut Creek, CA. On 7/3 my wife and I set out to buy and lease 2 cars. Mine was a 2001 Honda Accord V6 Coupe from WC Honda - another dealer that I would highly recommend. Credit was approved at tier 1 rates - no problems -took 1 hour. We then drove 1 mile to STEAD MOTORS and after 1 hour we/they agreed to a 60 month lease on a 320 with MSRP of $42,470. We drove home to get the trade - a pristine 1986 red 300E that had been maintained by STEAD for 14 tears. Heck - we didn't even shop around for the ML - I went to pick up my new Accord and my wife went to finish the deal at STEAD. It was 15 minutes later that I got a call from STEAD - The deal had changed - the discount had changed - the money factor had changed to .000655 - I asked for my wife - told her to smile and walk out.
One week later - after a 30 minutes with Gil Anderson at Clairidges in Fremont we had agreed on a deal that was $8,500 better than STEAD - Gil even drove to my home that night and had my wife sign the paperwork.
Yes - you can buy a Mercedes at a discount and not be intimidated and lied to - I recommend Clairidges and Gil Anderson and Luis Krystyl the - a gentlemen and a professional.
I am new to writing a message but have been reading these forums for months. On Aug.20th, Johnny posted a website that described a V8 diesel engine for 2002. I find this exciting. Will this be available in the U.S.?
The battery is running fine. No signs of decaying. Most of the time, the car sits there for a week waiting for the next mission.
After much deliberation, I've decided to buy both,a charger and a jumpstart (not prestone though, another brand called something like smartstart, it is much lighter because it uses nickel Hydrite? metal as storage instead of lead acid, doubled as flashlight, though it costs about $25 more ). The jumpstart is intended for the aging battery (based on my experience, the battery always died without any symptom), and the charger is used for both Mercedes and Lexus 470 because both cars spend considerable amount of time sitting there.
By the way, I just checked the battery and added some distilled water into it. Judging by the amount of water added, it appears to me not too much heat was absorbed by the lead acid liquid. And the winter here is not too cold. So, maybe, there is some life left in the battery. Ironically, I checked a battery vendor on the internet. It advises to replace the battery before the winter on the 4th anniversary of the battery, even if the battery is running fine.
On another note, the topside vacuum just arrived. I'll see how it performs in my next oil change. Thanks.
Mike, what "tax ramification" are you eluding to?
The buyer will owe sales tax which would be paid when they register the car. There would not be any "capital gains" tax if that is what you were thinking. The main benefit selling it yourself is that you could get more for it than the dealer would give you as a trade as the dealer typically will go less that trade-in value/fair condition no matter what shape your vehicle is in.
When you trade in, you pay taxes only for the difference. The thing to weigh in is this, you will receive less from the dealer in a trade in, but you will not pay taxes for the dollar amount of the traded vehicle, if the tax amount is equal or comes close to the extra that you make by selling privately I never bother to go to the extra hassle, only if I will lose a lot in the transaction. Also to consider is the tax rate in you state, the higher the better to trade in.
We're getting the navigation system installed on our 2001 ML today. The first thing I notice is that we will be vacationing outside the area covered by our home area disc. Does anybody have a good source for discs, or am I stuck paying the dealer price (which is exhorbitant!). Also, how does MB handle distributing periodic updates, to account for our ever-changing roads?