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#802 of 1300 Just purchased my new C300 Sport in NoVa
Dec 31, 2008 (1:03 pm)
First, this forum has been very helpful in finding the cost baseline for what's out there right now. I finally pulled the trigger yesterday after spending two weeks shopping. Hopefully this will be a helpful recap of my experience and deal:
Location: Northern Virgina/Metro DC
Dealers Contacted: HBL, American Service Center, Euromotors, Herb Gordon, and Mercedes of Alexandria
Purchased From: Mercedes of Alexandria (Dwayne Butler [salesman], Lowell Duckett [sales manager])
Comments on Dealerships: I had generally positive experiences with every dealership except American Service Center. This was very surprising since I purchased my last vehicle from ASC, and serviced my car at ASC for the entire 7.5 years that I have owned it. I found ASC sales people to be really into the game playing and the cajoling you with the "I need to make a profit" and the "there's no way that other dealer could be offering you that deal, it's simply not possible" and the "your car isn't worth nearly that, we're giving you way more than book value". I wound up dealing with the Sales Manager at ASC, and even in dealing with her, it was worse than going to the dentist. I had THREE offers from other dealers for the same basic specs at about $5k below MSRP and she told me repeatedly that there's no way I could be getting that type of deal. Very disappointing, especially since I've been an ASC customer for so long.
On the plus side, Mercedes of Alexandria was simply AWESOME. It was the best car buying experience of my life, and I highly recommend you deal with Sharon Stepp (internet manager), Dwayne Butler (saleman) and Lowell Duckett (sales manager). I went to the dealership after a quick convo with Sharon, and literally walked out with my new car in two hours. No games, no BS back and forth. I knew what I wanted and they respected my knowledge and research. And Dwayne was one of the nicest people I've ever met in the car business. Lowell Duckett is likely who will be the final say on the deal, and Lowell was one of the funniest and nicest sales mangers you will ever find. I would HIGHLY recommend you deal with them if you want a really great purchase experience.
Ok, on to the deal now.
My purchase: 2009 C300 Sport, Black, P1 package, Wood Trim, iPod integration
Sale Price: $33,100
Lease Terms: 27 mo/12k miles
MF: .00166 (3.984% APR)
Residual: 67% (can be greater with 10k or 7.5k mile options)
Payment: $471.55 (w/ zero down)
So right at $5k below MSRP. I was pretty happy with that deal. I could have probably gotten another $500 off, if I really wanted to work for it for another day or two. But honestly, the fact that I was able to do the deal in two hours with zero hassles made it worth maybe not getting the rock-bottom deal. And at the end of the day, I'm sure the relationship with the sales manager and the salesperson will come in handy whenever I take it in for service. Also, small bonus is that MB of Alexandria offers free car wash anytime you want. ASC didn't offer that to me when I bought my last car (despite same ownership group).
Let me know if anyone has any questions.
#803 of 1300 Re: Just purchased my new C300 Sport in NoVa [aristotlenova]
Jan 01, 2009 (7:03 pm)
Do you guys actually drive to a different state to get the car? How would that affect maintenance - would you have to drive to that dealer for checkups?
I'm getting really frustrating with the peeps Im working with. For a car worth less that the recent ones posted here, an absolute basic with no frills, I am getting quoted at higher. Grrrr
#804 of 1300 Re: Just purchased my new C300 Sport in NoVa [gotgt3]
Jan 01, 2009 (7:46 pm)
Well, for me, I live in Rosslyn, VA, so while ASC is only about 3 miles away, Alexandria isn't that much further. Maybe 5 miles or so. Both are in Virginia, so it's not a different state. BUT, I would have had no problem buying from Euromotorcars in Bethesda, since it's really not that far either. It's about 7-8 miles maybe. And considering that you need to go to the dealership maybe 3 times a year, it may be worth it if that's where you get the best deal. And while you can get your car serviced anywhere (including a private auto shop), you will typically get good service from the dealership you purchased from (i.e. MB loaners), so the location is of some importance.
If you are buying in Northern Virginia, I highly recommend Mercedes of Alexandria. They were the most professional and straight forward dealership I came across. Go there and ask for Dwayne Butler and tell him that the guy he sold the Black C300 to sent you. He'll take care of you. You may not get precisely the same deal, but I think for the C300s, you can expect about $4700-$5200 below MSRP. So if the car you want is like $40k, you can expect to be able to get it for about $35k.
#805 of 1300 Re: Just purchased my new C300 Sport in NoVa [gotgt3]
Jan 01, 2009 (9:40 pm)
There is no problem have a vehicle serviced purchased at another dealer. I shopped on the MBUSA site by building my vehicle and E-mailing my requests through their link to dealers all over the country.
If the vehicle is pick up in another the selling dealer usually give temporary plates to transport the vehicle to the home state. California required a Smog test on a new vehicle purchased out of state. If a vehicle is ship to local dealer from another there will be a delivery and preparation fee that can run $300 to $400.
#806 of 1300 Re: Just purchased my new C300 Sport in NoVa [aristotlenova]
Jan 02, 2009 (8:15 am)
Hmm..I'm about a 2 hr drive from Baltimore - not in MD at all lol. That's why I want to know if it's advantageous to go out of state for a compelling deal. I am not sure why the dealers within a 25 mile radius of me seem to all be quoting above invoice as though the cars are flying off the lot.
I would buy from another state, and drive the car back, or pick it up at a local dealer I guess, right?
By the way, is it also possible to get a regular lease term? instead of 27 and 39, say 24 or 36? Or are they predefined and not negotiable?
#807 of 1300 Re: Leased c300 4matic Sport in Virginia [aristotlenova]
Jan 02, 2009 (11:42 am)
I would refer you to Federal Truth in Leasing Act. There is no such thing as an APR on leases, and MF is not a dealer sham to confuse the two. APR applies to Federal Truth in Lending. Dealers have no say in confusing the issue and are in fact enjoined from quoting MF as an APR. From some of these posts, you should be more concerned about what you are charged for the acuqisition fee.
#808 of 1300 First Benz - 2006 c230 - good deal?
Jan 04, 2009 (2:02 pm)
I'm about to buy my first car and am looking for a good deal... swinging by the Mercedes dealership I saw a 2006 c230 sport, with several options such as sunroof, entertainment package, all leather, etc.. I want some advice on what kind of deal this is:
Car: 2006 c230, certified pre-owned
Warranty: until 7-2010 or up to 100,000 miles
Sticker price: $24,900
Sale Price: $18,000
Negotiated down to $15,500
I just worry about being hit with really expensive repair costs after the warranty is up. What do you guys think I should do?
#809 of 1300 Re: First Benz - 2006 c230 - good deal? [gyaruo]
Jan 05, 2009 (10:14 am)
It is hard to judge without knowing the condition of the car, but assuming that it is excellent, this sounds like a good deal!
#810 of 1300 Before you buy a C300 2008 "check suspension system"
Jan 05, 2009 (2:38 pm)
I strongly recommend that you test drive a C300 before you buy it.
The suspension system may not meet your expectations.
I've been buying new MB's since 1987. This is the first time that my internal organs shake when I go over a pothole or a crack in the pavement. The dampening factor is non existent.
The problem is exarcebated by the inadequate driver's seat (it lacks padding). I also own a 2007 C230 and it's suspension is superb by comparison.
If you own a C300 already I'll like to know if you concurr and if you have any suggestions to improve the unacceptable ride.
I purchased it at Fletcher Jones Newport Beach, the service dpt drove it and play with the tire pressure but there was no improvement.
#811 of 1300 C300 Ride Quality
Jan 06, 2009 (7:07 am)
Ride quality on the C300 Luxury is fine - well within the usual MB and German parameters, Ride with the Sport package is certainly too firm for my tastes.
I've owned 15 Mercedes since 1968; I'd say our '08 C300 Lux is probably the best of these, period....