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Mercedes-Benz M-Class, SUV
#225 of 744 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 744 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 744 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 744 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 744 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 744 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 744 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!
#233 of 744 Re: Any good deals lately [stetsonbu]
May 05, 2007 (2:23 am)
I ordered through Mercedes Benz of Princeton; not sure they have any more available for order--but imagine they have a couple in inventory. I don't have it yet--it will be built the week of 21 June, and I should be able to pick it up around 4 July. I wanted Capri Blue or Barolo Red with a black interior, P1, and a hitch--and that combination did not exist anywhere (they can "see" every car that exists in the US, and every car coming down the line down in AL). I have an acquaintance down in the DC area who bought one of the first CDIs and is really thrilled with it.
I checked with 4 other MB dealers in the area, and none of the others could order a 2007--all offered to order me a 2008--price TBD.
I think if you're not fussy about color combos/options the deals will get better and better through the summer--my deal with Princeton was a good for both of us: I got exactly what I want, and they sold one of the last 2007s that'll come off the line well in advance. By Aug, when the 2008s are due to come out....they'd have to discount that 2007 more.
By the end of the year last year, they were discounting the ML350s significantly (3K below invoice in some areas). In addition, if you don't mind buying a not quite new truck, 2007 fleet cars are just becoming available. I haven't seen any CDI fleet cars, but there have to be a few.
Overall though, I think the CDI is more scarce than the 350. Probably they aren't making as many...and because of its better torque and the price of gas, lots of us are taking a close look. I also think it's worth noting that MB had a "friends and family deal" for employees during April...but none of the diesels were included, and that when I tried to use my insurance company's "negotiation" service, they told me the CDI is a "hot seller" and to expect to pay MSRP.
There's good info on mbworld.org about the options that will be available on the 2008.
#234 of 744 Invoice Price
May 12, 2007 (9:02 am)
Does anyone know what else to expect above the Edmunds invoice price? I was told "$2500" under invoice, but would like to figure out what invoice is before going back in.