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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#1344 of 2217 Re: Mfr and dealer incentive. [2008r350]
Dec 24, 2011 (3:28 pm)
May I suggest that you first check with Costco prior to going into any dealership. About 3 weeks ago, I checked with Costco here in South Florida for a friend of mine who is a member. They told me that the E CLASS SEDAN is not eligible for their special pricing due to the fact that the dealer members do not honor Costco pricing for the E350 Sedan. They do honor C class, S class, M class, GL class. It is quite possible that they have begun to honor Costco Pricing for the E350 Sedan since I last spoke with them. Just check with them prior to shopping.
Can you qualify for the USAA discount? In other words, are you, or an immediate member of your family a veteran? That pricing is the same as Costco - 1500 under invoice. But you can qualify for a Mercedes Benz Financial Incentive (assuming you are on a lease or have a loan with them) of $2000.00. Additionally, I believe there is another loyalty incentive available of up to $2000.00 to current owners - C Class would qualify.
If you do qualify for MB Financial $2000 incentive, you will probably qualify for the other loyalty incentive. I believe you can combine MB Financial Loyalty with their owner loyalty.
Don't trust just one dealer. If one dealer says you can't combine them, check with at least 2 other dealerships - as dealerships tend to HIDE OR BEND THE TRUTH FREQUENTLY as we have discovered on this discussion forum.
Good luck next week. Remember, next week is the highest sales volume week of the year for all new car sales. It's your chance to really cash in on a great deal.
#1345 of 2217 Re: What you say makes sense about tires... [lawcar]
Dec 24, 2011 (3:38 pm)
If you are a little flexible on exterior and/or interior colors, you can probably get the exact options you want. That Lane/blind spot option is not found on many "in-stock" dealer inventory. As for the one with the storage box, that is a complete waste of $1000. But that is just my opinion. They only order a few(lane/blind spot sensing) for inventory, but would gladly special order one for you with the equipment you want.
Of course, ordering a car would probably exclude you from all these great incentives - 1.9% financing, conquest incentive, etc.
Don't forget, you should be able to get the conquest incentive of $2000 for the E350 since you currently drive a BMW, which qualifies.
Hope you can get something you like prior to the end of this week. After that, there is no guarantee the same incentives and financing rates will be available. I personally think they will extend them a few days after January 2nd, since they have done that in previous years.
#1346 of 2217 Re: What you say makes sense about tires... [lawcar]
Dec 24, 2011 (4:06 pm)
thanks to everyone on this forum!!! i read through and learned a lot before i went to get my e350 this week. even though i think i'm pretty saavy with getting cars, you do really have to be careful as others on this forum have noted. one dealer tried increased the $ factor on the back end, which would have substantially increased the price of the car.
in terms of availability of options, in socal it seems like the cars have more options than you really want (or need) or very basic options (e.g. P1 only)--at least that's what i found. we looked at the panorama roof as 1 car was configured with it. in the end, after reading other comments on it, we decided to go against it because it seems to bring in more heat and because of other owner comments of the cost of fixing it IF it malfxns. because we didn't really want it (or need it) in the first place, we decided to go without it. in the end, i'm sure you'll be happy with your purchase either way. good luck!
#1347 of 2217 Re: Mfr and dealer incentive. [abacomike]
Dec 24, 2011 (5:56 pm)
Thanks and good to know. Unfortunately I was not blessed with the opportunity to serve and none in my family so can't avail USAA. I have R350 also if my C300 doesn't qualify for loyalty. Any success with producing TMV printout from Edmunds or Truecar.
#1348 of 2217 Re: Mfr and dealer incentive. [2008r350]
Dec 25, 2011 (6:36 am)
The TMV pricing is way above what you should be paying. You should be able to get a new 2012 E350 Sedan without any incentives for $500 above dealer invoice. That is usually the minimum a dealer will sell a car for, especially with the E350 Sedan being in a high demand curve at the present time. Then, you have incentives. You should be able to qualify for loyalty incentives from MB Financial (I'm assuming you have at least one account with them) and there is another incentive that is not advertised anywhere for owner loyalty. You obviously can't qualify for the conquest incentive since you own only mercedes benz vehicles.
I've seen people post on this site that they purchased an E350 Sedan for 3000 or 4000 below invoice with no incentives or rebates. I don't believe that, as I have also posted on this site. Only with incentives can you get a car below invoice like that. I bought mine for $3000 below invoice with MB Financial Incentive and USAA pricing + they threw in maintenance for 3 years worth another $800 - $1000. So, with what I got, I got the car for about $3800 to $4000 below dealer invoice. But, again, remember that was with incentives and rebates. Those people who posted that they didn't get any incentives or rebates and bought the car for 3 or 4 K below invoice either didn't realize they got them (they only saw the "selling price", not how the dealer arrived at the selling price) or are just blowing hot air. But that is my opinion. No dealer would sell someone a brand new E350 Sedan at 3 or 4 K below invoice and take a loss of that much. They'd be out of business in less than a month selling cars at those kinds of losses. There had to be rebates and/or incentives in order to arrive at that price.
Would love to hear from the hosts of this site on this!
The C300 definitely qualifies for owner loyalty along with Mercedes Benz Financial loyalty, assuming you have a lease or loan with them.
If the dealer says there is "no" owner loyalty, check with several other dealers because, since the owner loyalty is not advertised or published, that is how they want to make a profit.
#1349 of 2217 Re: Mfr and dealer incentive. [abacomike]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Dec 25, 2011 (6:59 am)
Would love to hear from the hosts of this site on this!
What is it that you want to hear?
#1350 of 2217 Re: Mfr and dealer incentive. [kyfdx]
Dec 25, 2011 (7:09 am)
Your thoughts about people who post on this site that they get new 2012 E350 sedans for 3 and 4 thousand below dealer invoice but didn't get any incentives or dealer cash, or USAA, etc.
#1351 of 2217 Re: Mfr and dealer incentive. [abacomike]
Dec 25, 2011 (7:11 am)
Thanks and that's wealth of info abacoMike. I had MBFin loan for 2009 C300 but it it had been paid off and closed. Do I need a current/active one to qualify loyalty incentive? 2008 R350was a PCO but with BofA and it too had been paid off. So... I ran out of ammo here?
#1352 of 2217 Re: Mfr and dealer incentive. [abacomike]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Dec 25, 2011 (7:27 am)
Well.... like all the Prices Paid discussions, you can't just look at a single post (or three.. or four), and take that as gospel.. If that is all the research a potential buyer is going to do, then they probably aren't going to get a good deal, no matter what... If you follow a discussion for any length of time, it isn't hard to sift out good information from bad..
While some of those posts may not be true, in most cases, the buyer themselves either aren't sure what they paid, or had a trade involved, or any other number of details that aren't present in the post.. ("oh yeah, it was a 2011, not a 2012")
As a Host, we look for violations of the member agreement, and in the Prices Paid forums in particular, we watch for solicitations, and obvious shills.. We (mostly) leave the usefulness of the content up to the individual reader.. (caveat emptor).
If you happen to see more content input from me, that's just because I have an interest in the model being discussed, or just some item that caught my eye.. I really like cars and if I'm in the market, I'm obviously interested in the mechanics of getting a lower price...
We were shopping in September and October and the killer 24-mo. lease deals on the Bluetec made that a contender.. But, my wife chose something else, so you'll see my posts in the E-Class discussions peter out..
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#1353 of 2217 Re: Mfr and dealer incentive. [2008r350]
Dec 25, 2011 (7:44 am)
From what is being advertised, you must be currently in a lease or loan with MB Financial. If it has been paid off, and the loan is no longer active, it doesn't qualify for loyalty incentive.
HOWEVER I would definitely inquire with the dealer to see if the dealer can intervene on your behalf with MB Financial. If that doesn't work, try contacting Mercedes Benz Consumer line (same telephone number as your roadside assistance number) and present your case to them. You are obviously a previous customer, and perhaps they can make an exception, especially since you own two Mercedes Benz vehicles.
See what happens.