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#243 of 742 Just bought my second ML below Invoice!
Jul 13, 2007 (8:13 am)
I sent out a price quote request through one of those websites and received quotes from all the dealers except from the San Jose dealer where I bought my previous ML from. I decided to call Smythe giving them the lowest quote I received (42K) from Fletcher Jones and letting them know that I need to buy within 48 hrs. The manager called me back a few hours later presenting a “returning loyal customer” discount beating my lowest quote by a few hundred. Just before he called, another bay area benz dealer actually offered me an even lower quote ($163 less), but we decided to go with our San Jose dealer simply because we really like their service dept a lot better (Smythe). I’ve been relatively lucky with my previous ML, it has been a real pleasure to own purely due to the Smythe service, I hope they will maintain their great service. I'm not a car buff, I just want a good SUV with a good service.
My new ML 350 2007 with premium package, CD changer MSRP 47,395, Invoice $ 43,413. I purchased below invoice for $41,683 including destination.
We drove to Smythe in the evening to inspect the car and drove out the new SUV 2 hours later, it was so quick and painless. I bought the extra ELW Benz warranty for 3 additional years 100K (no deductible) for an extra $4120 (I paid only $2450 for the 4 extra years warranty I bought for my old ML).
Off subject: Originally I wanted the BMW X5 but our lawyer neighbor told me that he finally got a prorated refund for his new 7 series lemon after a long battle & painful series of unsuccessful dealer repairs. Another told me that his X5 engine cracked while being serviced by the dealer, for which the dealer told him it's not uncommon after a few years! Another X5 owner told me that his car dashboard came loose! The two nearby BMW dealers in our area just ruined the BMW ownership experience mostly due to incompetent repairs, cars sitting unrepaired causing long service delays, cars returned dirty and frequent cheap japanese lender cars despite being promised for BMW lender cars on the phone. They lost their BMW master technicians after their corporate owner AutoNation cut their salaries and reduced their Christmas bonus to a frozen turkey.
The Porsche Cayenne would have been my first choice for style even with its low JD power satisfaction rating (due to initial debugging repairs). The Porsche emblem is what makes it different from the VW Touareg. I decided against it when the salesman emphasized that the simple Cayenne is made for the mass not for their typical Porsche clientele. I became concerned how their service dept is going to treat me if they have that attitude during sales.
#244 of 742 '08 MSRPs are out
Jul 18, 2007 (1:34 pm)
Up $1,000 y/y for base 320CDI and 350. Up $3,200 y/y for 500 (going to ML550). Also, nav/camera are now included in Premium 1, which is $3,750.
#245 of 742 Re: Just bought my second ML below Invoice! [kaistring]
Jul 25, 2007 (7:14 am)
Kaistring, which website(s) did you use?
#246 of 742 Re: Just bought my second ML below Invoice! [naiel]
Jul 26, 2007 (4:39 pm)
You can use edmunds.com to send quotes to multiple dealers.
Also, you can try carsdirect.com to get an idea of the price.
Do a TMV research of the vehicle price and come up with what you want to pay. Know before hand what options you want, how much you want to pay and how much deviation from your specs will be acceptable to you.
Last week, i bought a 2007 ML 350 Pewter/Black, Premium1, Parktronic, Sports Package, ipod integration and heated seats == 43750/-
2008 MLs are coming in so you might get a good deal on 2007 ML.
In Bayarea, i would suggest Smythe European. I tried all from Pleasonton till Autobhan in South San Jose. Smythe was good in all its dealing. No pressure. Talk to Goransmythe in sales.
#247 of 742 Re: Just bought my second ML below Invoice! [parakram]
Jul 26, 2007 (7:06 pm)
Thanks for the great info. I will give it a shot. I am looking to lease, so I think I might have better luck with the 2008's since the residual will be so much higher. Sounds like you got a great deal though.
#248 of 742 2008 ML320 CDI Pricing
Jul 27, 2007 (5:21 am)
I was wondering if there is any sites out there that has invoice pricing on 2008 ML320 CDI. I am trying to order one and want to figure what a good deal is. I have been offered 4% off of MSRP and not sure how that stacks up.
#249 of 742 best way to sell our 06 ml500
Jul 28, 2007 (11:50 pm)
we want to downsize to a rx350 because the ml500 eats too much gas and I just got my job. the car has 18k k and and the MSRP was 63k when we bought it. it has pretty much everything on it, what's the best way to sell the car and get the best price? the car is in pristine condition.
#250 of 742 Re: best way to sell our 06 ml500 [ezwinner701]
Aug 11, 2007 (3:14 pm)
what year is the car?
list it on cars.com
also try ebay
have you looked at mazda at cx-7
#251 of 742 Re: Just bought my second ML below Invoice! [parakram]
Aug 13, 2007 (5:28 pm)
Should the fees be the same at all Mercedes dealerships within CA? Does anyone remember what their fees were? I requested quotes and now I am kind of kicking myself for not asking them to specify the fees.
#252 of 742 Re: Just bought my second ML below Invoice! [sweatsuit]
Aug 13, 2007 (8:18 pm)
you did a decent job. don't you think you would be happier not knowing than knowing since there is nothing you can do about it now.