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#303 of 742 Re: 2008 ML320 CDI Buying Assistance [agwagon]
Nov 28, 2007 (11:52 pm)
Its not too late afterall, since we are heading into the dealership tomorrow and probably going to close a deal on Sunday. You guys have been a big help so thanks for that!
I was going to go to the Pembroke Pines dealer but he seemed somewhat aggressive to me. The Ft. Lauderdale dealer was much nicer and he seemed fair. I've read up on all the tricks and i'll be sure to look out for them, though he was pretty straight forward and didn't pressure us or anything. We also can't be too flexible as Mercedes-Benz hit up my dad's credit score at 7 different institutions and that definitely lowered his score by a large margin, and he has only now recovered (it's been 9 months since we first looked when we arrived back in the US). They said they'd probably do another credit check at the other dealers whereas this guy already has our financing approved (is that true?).
Either way, my options came to $48,771 including destination charge.
We're not too sure whether to go with the heated seats as we're moving to Massachusetts next year and cud use them, but it costs another $600-1200, what do you guys think? Is it worth it?
#304 of 742 Re: 2008 ML320 CDI Buying Assistance [hunter312]
Nov 29, 2007 (6:39 am)
They'll probably do another credit check because as you said 9months have passed. Regarding the heated seats, I have them in my ML350 Edition 10 as it came as part of the whole car package. I never use the heated seats here in the Northeast and don't think its worth the $700 they charge but there are people who use the very often in the winter, I just don't
#305 of 742 Re: 2008 ML320 CDI Buying Assistance [hunter312]
Dec 08, 2007 (7:53 am)
Curious how you fared with your deal. Would say the seat heater is a personal pref but admittedly a nice option. Not in a rush here but also looking at the 2008 ML320 ((though poised to execute the right deal). Straight off the bat was offered $2K off one on the lot or on an order. The other dealers have so far remained too close to MSRP.
#306 of 742 Is this a glood deal?
Dec 17, 2007 (10:05 am)
I'm looking at 2008 ML350 with P1 pkg, heated front seats, and iPod integration. MSRP is $49970 ($3444 above invoice).
Dealer is telling me that my invoice price does not reflect the $400 advertising fee that gets added....is that legit?
I'm trying to get $3000 off of invoice ($444 dealer profit; plus $1000 lease cash which goes to dealer I'm assuming).
Is that a good deal?
#307 of 742 Re: Is this a glood deal? [bfeldstein]
Dec 17, 2007 (10:15 am)
It's a pretty good deal but not anything really spectacular
the $400 advertising is legit BUT they can easily eat the cost by using money MB gives them for each car sale...I'd aim to get the car at invoice and not a penny more
...shoot me an email sagarpatel1gmail.com and if you want to discuss more in detail
#308 of 742 Re: Is this a glood deal? [blazinginder]
Dec 17, 2007 (10:31 am)
Si if I could get the car at invoice, $46,526, which is $3444 below MSRP, would that be a good deal?
#309 of 742 Re: Is this a glood deal? [bfeldstein]
Dec 18, 2007 (12:37 pm)
I don't know where you are, but a friend in SoCal bought an '08 ML350 with Premium II for $1500 under invoice last week - he sent out emails to the various dealers in the area, and when he spoke with the sales rep that was basically the offer - he didn't really have to negotiate for it.
#310 of 742 Re: Is this a glood deal? [ursamajor1]
Dec 18, 2007 (1:32 pm)
Yes you're right SoCal = discounts SUV's more then the east coast which is where he and I are located...this is mostly due to winters here resulting in more demand while dealers are having their ML's sit on the west coast in the warm areas etc.
I got mine for invoice so the cost of shipping it from Cali to NJ would be about $1000 so a $500 savings by buying cross country wouldn't be in most people's interest especially not being able to go over the car etc before delivery
#311 of 742 Re: Is this a glood deal? [ursamajor1]
Dec 20, 2007 (9:18 pm)
Did he lease? I'm wondering if the price of $1500 below included the $1000 lease cash. Either way, $500 below is still a killer deal!
#312 of 742 Possible Purchase - 2003 ML320 (Used)
Dec 21, 2007 (5:28 pm)
I'm a car buying newbie (haven't purchased one in near 15 years!) and am considering a used 2003 ML320 I just happened upon. (I currently have a small compact car w/172,000 miles on it.) My MIL had an ML320, liked it. I was able to drive hers a bit so I am familiar with the feel.
This ML320 I'm checking out has low miles (21,000), price is $20k (excl. tax/license), very clean, no dings, A+ history report, from a dealer, not private party. (So. Calif.) Also, an extended warranty is also available (they start at $899-$2,500).
Anyone have any thoughts? Does this seem like a good idea/deal or should I keep looking around and if so, at what? New or used? I'm wanting a mid-sized SUV. Have seen Honda Pilots, Toyota Highlanders, etc. I'm not wanting a mammoth SUV I can't handle. I really like the visibility & drive of the Mercedes SUV and the reputation, but heard they're sometimes $$$ to repair.
Thank you in advance for your help! I do need it!!