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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#1788 of 1933 Re: Is this offer & calculation reasonable? [new_to_e]
Jun 24, 2012 (5:26 pm)
2009 E350 at dealership
$25,000 is a reasonable offer, however they are agreeing to make concessions on their $28800 pricing.
*offer them $27,500 if they include the new tire, a Mercedes certified used car designation (100,000 miles and 2 year extension), and discover and repair the gas leak/odor. My 2009 had a problem with the same part in the fuel system.
*if the floor carpeting is black, then the mats should be black. Is this a sport or luxury? If the carpeting is beige, then have them put in the correct front and rear mats.
I think you are getting too analytical in your decision making process. Do you like the car? Does it drive nicely and handle nicely? Will they allow your own mechanic to look over the car? Will they include everything I have delineated above for $27,500?
If your answers are YES, then buy the car.
#1789 of 1933 Re: Is this offer & calculation reasonable? [abacomike]
Jun 27, 2012 (5:26 pm)
Thanks for the thoughtful response. You nailed me on the analytical part - I'm a researcher by trade.
It's a luxury sedan. It has the premium command package and sport package. It recently had the 40K mile service completed. I got a print out of all service records from dealer. They agreed to order new beige floor mats & replace the tire. I have a scheduled appointment with their service department on 7/6 to inspect the fuel sender unit and take care of the details.
I found a certified Mercedes mechanic in town who will also inspect the car & and costs a lot less for service repairs if needed. I understand he can also reset service light.
I drove it again today and YES! I like the car, I like the way it handles and drives and looks. I like the way the dealer treated me with absolutely no pressure and accommodated all of my requests at the Alderson dealership in Lubbock, TX.
I have a colleague in town who bought the same vehicle when it was new and hasn't had any problems and referred me to his mechanic.
I've got a few months factory warranty left. I negotiated a price of $26,600 before TTL no warranty (no doc or inspection fees either). Best I could do.
#1790 of 1933 Re: Is this offer & calculation reasonable? [new_to_e]
Jun 27, 2012 (5:42 pm)
You nailed me on...
I have a PhD in educational administration and am quite analytical, as you mentioned.
I would not purchase that car without an extended warranty. Negotiate and see if they will "certify" the car of you gave them another $1200 or so. Bery, very important to keep a Mercedes on warranty if at all possible as they are extremely costly to maintain and repair.
But, you seem very happy with the car. Just try your best to stay happy by getting the certification or extended warranty!!!
#1791 of 1933 Re: Is this offer & calculation reasonable? [abacomike]
Jun 27, 2012 (7:56 pm)
I wil do that (i.e. negotiate on the 'certify' part). Right now I'm negotiating with my husband to see how much I'll let him drive it
#1792 of 1933 Re: Is this offer & calculation reasonable? [new_to_e]
Jun 28, 2012 (8:52 am)
Just got back from the dealer. The CarFax showed the vehicle manufactured July 08 and delivered to the dealer in August 08 where it had been used as a demo vehicle for about 8K miles. Everyone assumed that it was put into service in Aug 08 and the factory warranty would expire soon. Evidently as long as the miles aren't too high the dealer does not have to put it into service until it was leased in October 09. The car was returned to the same dealer so it didn't go to auction after the lease was up.
So we discovered the car still has factory warranty for another 14 months or 8,000 miles (that will come up first). No extra charge. So I have some time to get to know the car before having to decide if I need/want to buy an extended warranty. Guess you could say I'm a happy gal.
#1793 of 1933 Re: Is this offer & calculation reasonable? [new_to_e]
Jun 28, 2012 (9:42 am)
That's what is most important. BUT, you have negotiating power now! You won't once you buy the car! See what they will do about getting the car certified. I'm just trying to get you to see the importance of that extended warranty!!!
#1794 of 1933 Re: Is this offer & calculation reasonable? [abacomike]
Jun 28, 2012 (11:41 am)
see the importance of that extended warranty!!! ...
Ok, I think you are saying I should offer about $1200 now for another year extended warranty that will take effect at the end of the current factory warranty.
And then at the end of the 1 yr extended warranty I could add a GMPP. I have a print out of the dealers IntelliRater GMPP quotes. I got a quote for a GMPP extended warranty 4 yr/48K add'l miles with $200 deductible for $3,035 that can be applied at the end of the factory or CPO warranty. But the price will probably change depending on the mileage I have on the car at that time.
#1795 of 1933 Re: Mercedes Benz E350 Price [art14]
Jul 02, 2012 (12:51 pm)
It sounds a good deal to me. Please let me know the dealership name. Thanks.
#1796 of 1933 Re: Mercedes Benz E350 Price [hodory]
Jul 02, 2012 (1:11 pm)
The dealership is Alderson Auto Group of Lubbock, TX. I actually had the most pleasant car-buying experience ever. I wish I could give you the name of my salesperson, but that isn't permitted on this forum. I hope it's ok if I tell you that he was a tall, nice young man who works in the new Lexus and used car lots. No hassles, not pushy, patient, polite and response to all my concerns.
They also have a branch in Midland, TX.
#1797 of 1933 Re: Is this offer & calculation reasonable? [new_to_e]
Jul 06, 2012 (3:04 pm)
This morning I went to the dealer when they were performing the final inspection for me. They took out the rear seat to expose the fuel sender unit. It looked as clean as new. I also saw them put on the new tire they promised and I have new floor mats on my "new" 2009 E-350.
I had a really great car-buying experience and the service people bent over backward to go over every little detail and answer every question.
To keep the fuel sender from going bad and to avoid asking for other problems I searched for "No ethanol gas" and got a list of stations that sell it. Be prepared to spend $1+ more per gallon, though.