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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#1847 of 2212 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [graphicguy]
Feb 19, 2013 (9:18 am)
Would love to get my hands on your "nearly new" trade-ins" sometime.
All it takes is a one way trip down to south Florida, graphicguy. The one I have now is a Diamond White 2013 with natural beige leather, Premium 2 Pkg, rear spoiler, AMG Wheel Pkg, Lane Keeping and Blinds Spot Pkg., Wood/Leather Sport Steering wheel, Wheel Locks, Rear Comfort Box (in trunk), MSRP was $65,000.00. I have 4,500 miles on it and by the time the new one gets here, it will probably be closer to 6000 miles.
I expect him to give me about $51,000 for the trade - the car has no dings, scratches, etc. and is actually showroom condition. I usually make out better with a trade since I don't pay sales tax on the trade - saves me about $3000 in taxes. I would have to sell it for $54,000 to break even. A new one just like the one I have is selling for $57,500 (assuming conquest incentives).
So I usually just trade them since they give me top trade value for the cars I trade each year and then sell them almost immediately on their lot and make a few thousand for themselves.
I was up to the dealership this morning for a carwash and reviewed the order they placed. It will be the perfect car for me assuming I like what I see. If I don't like it, I will just keep this one.
#1848 of 2212 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [abacomike]
Feb 19, 2013 (11:50 am)
Mike....sounds like a sweet car. If I were in the market, I'd fly down, write you a check, and take a coupe of days to drive home.
#1850 of 2212 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [graphicguy]
Feb 19, 2013 (7:17 pm)
That pull ahead program is for leased vehicles only, unfortunately. As for special incentives like they mention, you can't use those in conjunction with USAA BUYING SERVICE, which is a $2000 below invoice deal - and I can use my $1000 Mercedes Club bonus with USAA. So I make out better the way I do it - requires the dealer to sell me the car below invoice.
I'm hoping there will be some additional incentives to bring in E Class owners to trade their E's on the newly revamped E.
My dealer ( I work with the GM ) is always up front with me on every incentive I can qualify for.
My fingers are crossed this time for the loyalty incentive from Mercedes Brnz Credit.
Thanks for the info, GG
#1851 of 2212 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [abacomike]
Feb 20, 2013 (6:41 am)
Mike...I had read on several occasions that BMW and Mercedes were in a fight to gain market share in the U.S. Heated competition is always good for the consumer.
Is it in "bad taste" to ask your dealer for the VIP money from Mercedes?
#1852 of 2212 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [graphicguy]
Feb 20, 2013 (9:03 am)
Is it in "bad taste" to ask your dealer for the VIP money from Mercedes
No, not with the relationship that I have with my dealership. But, you cannot combine certain incentives with other incentives. As I mentioned before, I can combine the USAA "below invoice price" with the Mercedes Benz Club of America Coupon for $1000. I can also combine the Mercedes Benz Financial Services Loyalty incentive (if it becomes available again) with the other two incentives. But you cannot combine any other incentives or discounts with those three.
When I traded in my Lexus (which I hated) for the 2013 Mercedes, I did not take the conquest incentive because I made out better with the USAA pricing below invoice plus Mercedes Benz Club coupon.
When my car comes in from Germany in late April, he will probably consider the VIP incentive, but I will still do better with USAA pricing, depending upon the pricing incentives they have available on the 2014's. Sometimes, at the beginning of a new model year, they give an amount below MSRP as their incentive, so the VIP incentive would be better for me. Whatever I do better with, that is what he gives me.
He does not mind selling me cars for very small profits or no profits because I send him so much business - besides, he always has a very good customer - according to him, his best customer.
We'll see what happens - I won't know until late April.
Feb 21, 2013 (11:35 am)
Never checked in here for advice before I made the move, but I recently leased a 2013 E350 Bluetec a few days ago. My first ever lease. I had been tempted a week earlier by a special sitting on the showroom floor - a P1 pano Bluetec with a $489 lease sign in the window, but with $3750 down. I really wanted P2, and a different color (special car is black on black).
I now have a white on black car with P2/pano/parktronic/lane tracking/power outlet/folding seat/spoiler. MSRP over 63K, they gave me a fair price for my old car, I threw in $3500 from that, payment is ~$570 + tax, 24 months, 10K/yr (I live close to work). I hope that's a fair deal, seemed to be cheaper than anything I had seen so far. I know they are blowing out these cars for the upcoming facelift, but I like the quad light design more.
#1854 of 2212 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [abacomike]
Mar 25, 2013 (5:45 pm)
I am looking at ordering a 2014 E350, but my dealer has no info, no delivery, nothing. Have you confirmed that yours has been built. I have a couple friends who just returned from Germany where they took delivery of a 2013 E350 Wagon and they said the 2014's were not in production yet - that was last week - they were at the plant!
Also, I am interested in the Diamond White, but have never seen one. Is it more Ivory than White?
#1855 of 2212 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [gpp2]
Mar 25, 2013 (6:36 pm)
I am looking at ordering a 2014 E350, but my dealer has no info, no delivery, nothing. Have you confirmed that yours has been built.
I did order mine - 2014 E350 Sport Sedan in Iridium Silver, Gray perforated Leather, Lane Tracking/Blind Spot Monitor, Ventilated Seats, Wheel Package, LED front Lighting Package, Rear Spoiler, Wood Steering Wheel, Wheel Locks, Comfort Box, Keyless Go Package, Premium Package.
It was ordered 5 weeks ago and is scheduled to be built April 2nd.
The ordering info has been available to dealers for 6 weeks, so either your dealer is an idiot or he is lying to you. My dealer already has 40 of them on order. Mine is expected to be here on or about the first week of May.
As for Diamond White, which is what I have now with Saddle Leather Interior (natural beige leather is discontinued for 2014), it is about $760 more than regular metallic paint, and about $1600 more than Polar White. The Diamond White is a bit off white whereas polar white is a true bright white. If the cost is not detracting you, get the Diamond White. Much more elegant that a white enamel.
#1856 of 2212 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [gpp2]
Mar 26, 2013 (8:02 am)
I am looking at ordering a 2014 E350, but my dealer has no info, no delivery, nothing. Have you confirmed that yours has been built
I just got back from getting a carwash at my dealership and looked at the ordering guidelines all dealerships have. It lists all combinations, approximate pricing, changes, etc.
He informed me that my car HAS BEEN PRODUCED and is awaiting transportation. They already have a VIN number. He said it should be here on or about April 15th, for the USA launch.
So I think your dealership is not telling you the truth. My dealership ordered my car on January 28th of this year. So there is something wrong with the information you are getting.
I think they are speeding up production so there is sufficient availability of the new Sport Sedan at dealerships. From what I was told, the car should be shipped with the first load of 2014's in a day or two. It takes about 3 weeks from time of production to the time it arrives at the Port of Entry where they ready the cars for delivery to the dealerships. Our port of entry is Jacksonville.
If you want any specifics about pricing or packages available, let me know, and I will give you the info. There is no longer a Premium 1 and Premium 2 package, just Premium 1. Keyless go and power trunk closer are separate options now. There is a new 18" AMG wheel package available, and walnut wood comes in two options - light walnut glossy and light walnut "matte" finish.
Let me know if you need any other info.