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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#1116 of 1935 Re: 15% to 18% off MSRP negotiation on E class sport sedan [sp11]
Oct 03, 2011 (11:49 am)
I won't know until the car is delievered to the dealership. It is still at the port. I also don't know if there will be any incentives from Mercedes Benz Credit. Also, I don't know what the USAA discount will be. If the USAA discount is applicable, which should be about 2000.00, it would be invoice less 2000. But that is only for USAA.
I will let you know when I actually get the car and will tell you exactily what I paid for it.
#1117 of 1935 USAA incentive
Oct 03, 2011 (2:44 pm)
Can someone please explain the mechanics of the USAA incentive program? My dealer is guessing $2k for the 2012s. Abacomike mentions his will be invoice minus $2k but I suspect he's a more frequent purchaser than most, so maybe getting a sweetheart deal? Correct me if I've misunderstood, please.
And...when the dealer honors the incentive, is USAA kicking back part of the money to them? I'd like to understand the mechanics of the program better. What about stacking incentives---would they stack USAA plus MBfinancial incentive (if they offer on the 2012s)? And, how about the MBCA $1000 certificate at deal's end? Thanks for everyone's insight.
#1118 of 1935 Re: USAA incentive [bevbran]
Oct 04, 2011 (7:48 am)
First of all, you need to be a member of USAA. To become a member, your first need to qualify. To qualify, either you or an immediate family member must be currently in the armed forces or retired from the armed forces. The individual who is the veteran or currently in the armed forces must apply for membership to USAA. Once he/she or you become a member, they require some purchase (like insurance on your car, or in my father's case, he took out a small policy on a ring (cost us $25.00 a year). You or the member will receive a membership card with ID number, etc.
To find out more particulars, contact USAA.com and they will explain everything.
Next, we went online (after we registered and I registered under my father's membersip as a so) and built the car we wanted. The incentive was $2000 "under dealer invoice". Usually all incentives are invoice less the incentive. We are expecting the 2012 sedan to be $2000 under dealer invoice + about $500 or so, which it currently is for the E350 coupe.
The dealership will go online for you using your ID number and passwords and codes and will print out a coupon for the incentive.
I hope this explains things a little better. Remember, if you do not qualify for USAA membership, then you cannot get the incentive.
#1119 of 1935 Re: USAA incentive [abacomike]
Oct 04, 2011 (8:19 am)
That's VERY helpful. Thank you. Years ago my husband's (vet) stepdad got him a USAA membership, and associated credit card. I wonder if this is enough to qualify us for the incentive. He still has, and uses the USAA credit account. We'll do our homework on this. $2000 UNDER invoice is a great deal. What's your thought on how this works---does USAA kick back money to the dealer to make up the incentive amount? And...if you don't mind me asking another question--what response might one expect from trying to use an MBCA $1000 incentive on top of it?
I have an '09 coming off lease (Sport) in a few months and want to go back to the luxury sedan. Had a luxury '07 which we took European delivery on (very fun), and miss the burl wood and quieter interior. Wish I still had that one. So, I'll be ordering a '12 shortly. Thanks again for your kind help.
#1120 of 1935 Re: USAA incentive [bevbran]
Oct 04, 2011 (8:49 am)
No problem! I believe so long as you have an active membership, it should be OK. Just give them a call. YOu can find their number on their website.
It is my understanding that Mercedes Benz provides the incentive for vets and their families. USAA, I believe, does not contribute to this very much. Most on back of Mercedes Benz.
#1121 of 1935 Re: USAA incentive [abacomike]
Oct 04, 2011 (10:09 am)
Very encouraging! To the best of your knowledge, have these USAA incentives been available when ordering and not just limited to in stock purchases?
Abacomike, sure appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experience. So helpful.
#1122 of 1935 Re: USAA incentive [bevbran]
Oct 04, 2011 (11:06 am)
It is my understanding that these incentives are offered year round. This past summer, they were offering $4000 below invoice incentives on remaining 2011's. If you are going to order one, you would have to check when your car gets in.
I ordered one, and it is at the port right now. My dealer told me they are scheduled for release on October 11th, however most dealers are beginning to get them into their inventories. Personally, I would take what they have on hand or incoming from Germany unless you are in the same position as I am (car ordered 8 weeks ago and in transit to the dealership). I am sure they have something incoming identical to what you want or very, very close to it.
#1123 of 1935 Re: USAA incentive [abacomike]
Oct 04, 2011 (12:32 pm)
I concur. Finding an existing car would be best! I'm not in the exact boat as you, but I'm on the hunt for a Luxury model, so expecting to find fewer to choose from. I assumed I'd have to order, but perhaps that assumption is off base and maybe I need to think more positively that I COULD find what I want from the 1 out of 5 that are manufactured in the Luxury config.
#1124 of 1935 Re: USAA incentive [bevbran]
by kyfdx HOST
Oct 04, 2011 (1:45 pm)
USAA also offers their own car buying service... likely through ZAG...
Not that that will necessarily get you a better deal...
Just google it... all the info is on the website..
#1125 of 1935 Re: USAA incentive [kyfdx]
Oct 04, 2011 (4:04 pm)
Yes, I'm aware of that. Is the USAA car buying service separate from the straight incentive programs? From some of the posts I was starting to think the car buying and incentive programs were one in the same. That's great if they're not....