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Mercedes-Benz M-Class, SUV
#223 of 742 On order................
Mar 17, 2007 (10:20 am)
Yesterday I ordered a 2007 ML 350 for my wife from SF Mercedes through RB, their Internet Advisor. Rather than going to the end of the line, RB was able to modify to her specs one ML of several they had on order from the plant. It will be built on May 8th and arrive at the dealer 3 weeks later.
The MSRP (window sticker) is $54,224 without any “junk” fees at all such as an advertising fee, prep fee, paint stripes, etched windows, or even a DVF fee (Dealer’s Vacation Fund).
The total price including being trucked to my driveway outside of Reno is $49,329. California law prohibits operation of a new vehicle in state before sales tax is paid and the purchase of a temp movement permit. Reno sales tax on this purchase is $518 less than SF sales tax compared to the estimated trucking cost of $170 which is included in the price.
When I called RB I asked for $1,400 under invoice which he agreed to without quibble. When he couldn’t find one to fit my wife in the Bay area we decided to order.
At this time last year we purchased from SF Mercedes a 2006 ML 350 from Bay area stock for $300 under invoice, also trucked to our driveway on a flat bed wrecker truck. Everything was in order and the SUV arrived in perfect condition less a little road dust and bug splatters. I’ve never been to the SF dealer or to SF for the past 15 years. SF Mercedes constantly ships new cars to other states.
#224 of 742 New ML 350 in Seattle
Mar 20, 2007 (1:05 pm)
Just purchased a brand new ml 350 White/Macadamia Leather interior from Phil Smart Mercedes Benz in Seattle. This dealer was able to locate the above combination where none of the others we talked to could find exactly what we wanted. The White/ Macadamia leather was very scarce. We were tempted to go to Los Angeles and get a Mb tex interior one for 5K under MSRP as quoted by Cars Direct, but by the time we paid for trucking and not getting what we wanted, which was the Macadamia nut leather. It was 2k under MSRP where we settled with Phil Smart here in Seattle. We have purchased two other MB's from them and have been very happy with their customer service. The Service Department is first rate.
The MSRP including trucking was $51,995. We paid 49,995.
We opted for the P2 package, heated front seats, and a trailer hitch.
#225 of 742 Mercedes lies!
Mar 31, 2007 (11:36 am)
I ordered my M-class in December 2006 from my local Mercedes dealer here in Europe (100% owned by DaimerChrysler), to be delivered in April 2007. My dealer called me yesterday to inform me that the car has been manufacturfed and is on the way to my dealer. By the way, he said, the price has gone up by 3000 dollars, annual increase. I protested but the general terms and conditions allow the dealer to increase the price by 8%, without buyer's consent.
I did some research noting that Mercedes did not have any price increase since I bought my car. The price list on the Mercedes website is still the same price list applied in my case! So there was no price increase! The dealer lied!
The dealer has the right to increase the price between the order date and delivery date (included in the general terms and conditions) but the justification for the increase (annual increase) was simply not true.
Could this have happended in the US? How would you have reacted in the US?
#226 of 742 Re: Mercedes lies! [pasi100]
Apr 01, 2007 (2:53 pm)
I suppose that it could happen. However, a complaint to the Better Business Bureau, the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs and a threat of a lawsuit for breach of contract (the offer to buy is a contract signed by both the buyer and the dealer) would probably get them to hold to their contracted price - unless there had been an official DCAG corporate price increase.
If that's not possible in Europe, I would go to another Niederlassung.
#228 of 742 Any good deals lately
Apr 25, 2007 (7:26 pm)
So, did anybody get any good deals lately? I am interested in buying, but want to find a dealer that will give a good price without too much haggling...
#229 of 742 Re: Any good deals lately [oiakou]
Apr 26, 2007 (2:10 am)
I just ordered a 2007 ML320 CDI for 6.5% below MSRP in New Jersey. I shopped around the NJ area, and was satisfied that this was about the best I could do. I had several offers for about 3% under MSRP.
#230 of 742 Re: Any good deals lately [kimcork]
Apr 26, 2007 (12:07 pm)
How did you "order" the vehicle??...the order banks are closed on the '07's.
#231 of 742 Re: Any good deals lately [tyresmoker]
Apr 27, 2007 (1:45 am)
I found a dealer that already had a CDI on order (for themselves)--they can modify the options on an existing vehicle until about six weeks prior to build date....same as post #223 did.
#232 of 742 Re: Any good deals lately [kimcork]
May 03, 2007 (4:48 pm)
6.5% below MSRP sounds pretty good. What is the name of the dealership you ordered yours through? I live down in MD, but would possibly consider driving up there to get a better deal.
How do you like your new ML320 CDI? I'm also looking at the 2007 Acura MDX, but like the idea of getting a diesel engine to save on MPG, especially knowing the gas isn't getting any cheaper!
Would appreciate your help!