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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#740 of 1300 Re: 2009 C350 [paulclee]
Nov 16, 2008 (2:07 pm)
My thoughts on the warranty. We usually buy it for 7/100K because we keep our cars 5 to 6 years. In addition to peace of mind, we find it easier to resell our used, one owner vehicle when we can offer a remaining factory warranty (we only buy actual OEM coverage, Mercedes, Ford, Toyota, etc). It works for us because 1) We dont drive more than 12 - 13K per year, 2) we resell our cars ourselves (never trade). On some vehicles we have made out on repairs, others not a single claim. BUT for example, on the c300 4matic - the 7 speed transmission is a $7,000 repair. etc etc.... There is supposedly a dealer in CA that will sell you the warranty for $100 - $200 over cost they are listed somewhere on here. something .org
#741 of 1300 Re: 2009 C350 [zoomer602]
Nov 16, 2008 (2:31 pm)
Thanks for the excellent advice. Were you able to get a lower than the dealer's asking price?
#742 of 1300 Re: 2009 C350 [paulclee]
Nov 16, 2008 (5:29 pm)
I think it is very important to have the extended warranty if you are planning on keeping the vehicle. I have read many posting where the buyer has save a lot of expenses in the later years. On my 2000 E320 I never used the warranty but it was available. On my 1996 C280 I used GEICO about $120.00 per year $300 deductible came in handy a few times. I was able to transfer the warranty to the next owner who had GEICO insurance. My 2003 E500 still under warranty has some expensive repairs.
The prices on new car warranties from MB are up over 100% since my last purchase. After thirty days there is a 15% surcharge on the new car warranties.
Make sure you are receiving an MB Warranty after for a copy. Make sure your quote is in writing. I asked a dealer back East for a quote on a 7 year 100,000 miles warranty. The price was a couple hundred less than my best quote. You can see what the contract looks like below. Make sure all entries are entered. There was no expiration on my warranty and it showed five years rather than seven years. The original warranty of four years plus the years purchased.
I got a quote from a MB dealer for a 7 years 100,000 mile warranty for about $3,800.00. I received the warranty about two weeks later and it was for one year. I did get a full refund after contacting MBUSA.
THE WARRANTY SHOULD HAVE READ 7 YR 100,000 MILES
AGREEMENT END DATE***
WAS LEFT BLANK
The warranty read 5 YR 100,000 Mile Purchase Price $4,341.25
This is a one year extension to the original warranty. I questioned the terms after I received the warranty in the mail about two weeks later. I was informed that I asked for a one extension of the original warranty was left blank on the warranty.
Nov 16, 2008 (6:04 pm)
I thought I would share some pricing that I recieved yesterday. I got this price using Costco. They work with dealers that give a no haggle price for a car.
2009 C300 4 Matic
Premium 1 package
Invoice is $37,848
Is this a good deal? I have not negotiated because with the Costco program they are giving thier best price upfront. Thanks for any advice.
#744 of 1300 Re: 2009 C350 [e2009]
Nov 16, 2008 (11:32 pm)
Thanks a lot for the warranty info. I appreciate it!
#745 of 1300 Re: Pricing [lewis3]
Nov 17, 2008 (12:00 am)
I am shopping around for a fully loaded C350 (P2, multimedia, panorama roof, ipod, and 18’’ AMG wheels.) The best quote I received over the phone is around $41900, about $1500 below invoice and I feel I can do a bit better when doing the actual face to face negotiation.
According to you, the Costco quote for your C300 is $1344 below invoice. Although I do not have any experience shopping for the 2009 C300, I think perhaps you can try to offer a few hundred $ less.
Nov 17, 2008 (6:35 am)
With this downturn economy going around. I think, a car can be bought at a "drive-out" price = MSRP price. I just bought a new 2009 C300 (metallic silver + Ipod integration kit) at a "drive-out" price, which is closed to MSRP.
#747 of 1300 Re: [mikehoang]
Nov 17, 2008 (7:22 am)
What is a drive out price? It would be great it you could tell us how much under Invoice you are able to buy the car for.
I am not seeing any incentives or rebates for this car. I know there must be a ton of them because these dealers are not selling this car under invoice without some compensation from Mercedes. Are any of you aware of the rebates that Mercedes is offering the dealers to move cars?
#748 of 1300 Re: [lewis3]
Nov 17, 2008 (9:42 am)
There is “Dealer holdback.” Quote from Edmunds.com:
“Dealer holdback is a percentage of either the MSRP or invoice price of a new vehicle (depending on the manufacturer) that is repaid to the dealer by the manufacturer.”
Edmunds.com informs us that the MB dealer holdback is 3% of the total MSRP (including all options.) If the MSRP is $35000, 3% of $35000=$1050.
I am sure there are other compensations to the dealers such as volume discounts to allow them selling cars below “invoice” and still make a profit.
#749 of 1300 Re: [mikehoang]
Nov 17, 2008 (4:34 pm)
Go to MBUSA web site build your vehicle then send the request through their web site to the dealers any place in the United States or near home if you do not want to travel too far. You can make offer as low as you want or just request a quote. Just make sure your everything is confirmed in writing before making any payments or signing anything in writing.