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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#315 of 1300 Re: 2006 C280 Price? [newowner]
Sep 19, 2005 (6:55 pm)
After scouring the boards for several weeks, I'm seriously thinking of replacing my 2004 Volvo S60 with the 2006 C280. I've recently moved from Maryland to the Chicago area - and don't know much about the dealerships or flexibility around here.
When I bought my Volvo 2 years ago; I got it for roughly invoice. The S60R was selling near full price because of demand outstripping supply, but the S60 was the other way around - so they were willing to bend.
For the C280, as its new, I don't know - have dealers been willing to discount the 'normal' amount - to place it around $500-$750 above invoice? Also... I live closest to Mercedes-Benz of Arlington Heights (formerly Mark Motors) - although certainly willing to shop around. Given the size of Chicago; I saw some earlier postings that Loeber Motors worked well for people. Any helpful suggestions would be great.
#316 of 1300 Re: 2006 C280 Price? [dfc3]
Sep 20, 2005 (4:48 am)
Don't know anything about the Chicago market, but on the West Coast, your goal of $500-750 over invoice would be considered fair, or in some places, more than fair.
And I think the C280 is a positively superb package. While a bit tighter inside than your S60 [but not by much], the way the car behaves on the road, especially with the new drivetrain, will make you glad you made the change. We just got back from a 4000 mile trip in our C240 [an '02], and boy, I'm in love with this car all over again. BUT, I'm still thinking about a trade for the C280 because the new engine-trans combination is just so great.
#317 of 1300 Re: Additional fees?? [benzgeek]
Sep 26, 2005 (12:49 pm)
Leasing an '06 C230 in Scottsdale, AZ. Just waiting for them to find the car I want. It may take a few days to get it here. I was told that I would get it for $500 over invoice. I was comparing invoice to edmonds.com or KBB. So the #'s I ran were based on that. The salesman said the invoice was $600 over that figure because of the advertising fees they pay that you mentioned. So now I am about to pay that as well as the $500 over invoice. On top of that, they want to charge me for half of the shipping charges to get the car here from Cali ($250 or so). I told him their was no way I would pay that. They should have the car I want on the lot. He's charging me then $500 over invoice on Edmunds + $600 advertising fee + $195 title fee + 895 lease acquisition. Money factor of .0031 and 63% residual for 12k miles. This is based on fairly perfect credit. Let me know your thoughts on this deal before I sign the final papers. I appreciate your thoughts.
#318 of 1300 Re: Additional fees?? [styles1]
Sep 27, 2005 (4:31 am)
This illustrates perfectly why I do not believe in "$ over invoice" offers. Calculate the price you want to pay in hard $, and either stick to it or walk away. Invoice can be anything the dealer wants it to be - yes, there are legit advertising fees that vary by region, and Edmunds warns you [I think] that these are not included in their "invoice" numbers. As for transportation charges on a dealer trade - I don't do dealer trades...if they can't lay their hands on the car in a couple of days, I'd rather find a dealer with the car I want, or negotiate over something they have available. I've had bad experiences with dealer trades - the car arrives, has a defect I can't live with, and then both the dealer and I feel stuck.
The lease numbers are completely out of my league - someone else will have to comment. I haven't leased a car in 30 years.
#319 of 1300 2006 C350 with seven speed auto
Sep 28, 2005 (4:31 pm)
I was offered $1400 off base price for a special order. I probably could haggle for a little more, but I plan to take it.
#320 of 1300 Re: Additional fees?? [jrct9454]
Sep 29, 2005 (5:21 am)
My family HAD dealerships for 55 years, including Mercedes. "Cost" is whatever the dealer wants it to be. "Invoice" has always been what the factory charges the dealer for the car. If the dealer claims to be charging you $500 over invoice, he should be willing to show you his invoice from the factory.
#321 of 1300 2006 C230 - What did you pay?
Oct 06, 2005 (6:28 am)
I am considering buying a 2006 C230. After I build my own on MBUSA.com I come up with a MSRP of 36,010. I have great credit and can give some cash at purchase time.
Can I get Less than MSRP?
#322 of 1300 Just Drove Home my C350
Oct 07, 2005 (3:01 pm)
Love the car and the price.
Lighting Pkg 790
rear side airbags 385
Sun Roof pkg 1790
Total MSRP 41290
Paid: 38428 + free 4 years maintenance (600 dollars value)
$ Discount: 2861
There is where all the fun begins
#323 of 1300 Re: Just Drove Home my C350 [cool350whatz]
Oct 12, 2005 (7:09 am)
Great! Did you test drive the C280 as well - or just the C350?
#324 of 1300 Re: Just Drove Home my C350 [cool350whatz]
Oct 18, 2005 (8:06 pm)
That is an incredible deal! What state are you in?
Also, I'm curious as to why the 4 year maintenance has only $600 value ($150/year). What's the maintenance frequency for a MB? (I'm not a MB owner yet)