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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#520 of 2212 Never going back to Smythe in San Jose
Aug 15, 2009 (6:57 pm)
I went to inquire about purchasing a 2009 E350 after the Smythe salesman sends me an e-mail stating "at least $14,000.00 off MSRP." After reading some of the posts, especially those in California where a lot of the buyers were getting 17K to 21K off MSRP, I felt comfortable that I might be able to purchase an E350 at a great discount - Wrong!
First, the salesman gives a turnaround story about being a fleet member and how fleet members take advantage of it's affiliation to purchase cars at discount. Then, he states $8,000.00 off for the Silver/Black combination. Lastly, the manager comes out with no 2.9% for 66 months financing when combined with discount. He states, it's either 2.9% or additional 2K. I also inquired about a ML350, in which the salesman states that Mercedes got rid of the fleet program at end of July. So, for all those who are getting the fleet discount in California, you are imaging it.....
#521 of 2212 Re: Never going back to Smythe in San Jose [pacdecimal]
Aug 16, 2009 (5:01 am)
Wow! What a bunch of liars at that dealership!
Not sure I am surprised, but the salesman and the manager are wrong.
#522 of 2212 Re: Never going back to Smythe in San Jose [ppnff]
Aug 16, 2009 (7:10 am)
When I started hearing about the fleet member stories, I knew they (Smythe) were trying to maximize profit of their remaining 09 E350's. I may buy a CPO (2007) from RAB in Marin ($28,500), as most dealers have run out of their 09's.
Good luck to those who had the fortune of purchasing/leasing at these prices.
#523 of 2212 Re: Never going back to Smythe in San Jose [pacdecimal]
Aug 16, 2009 (5:28 pm)
You should contact Leann in Ft. Pierce, FL. I almost acquired my new 2009 E350 from her, but found a local dealership who had my second choice and after some arm-twisting, agreed to my price or MSRP less 15,000 (this is in July 2009 and before fleet discount).
#524 of 2212 Re: Never going back to Smythe in San Jose [pacdecimal]
Aug 16, 2009 (9:43 pm)
I just performed the USAA pricing for a 2009 ML350. Invoice 42,953 MSRP 45,475 USAA no haggle price 37,403. There's a fleet discount for every model, 2009 and 2010.
#525 of 2212 Re: Never going back to Smythe in San Jose [in_power2002]
Aug 17, 2009 (9:41 am)
I went to the website and use the CAN 017862, which is listed in USAA. However, it does not work?
Can anyone provide a valide CAN number? or tell me how to get one?
#526 of 2212 Re: Never going back to Smythe in San Jose [liili]
Aug 17, 2009 (11:52 am)
I have a list, but many are employees only, with some such as American Airlines Credit Union, San Diego Credit Union, San Francisco Credit Union and others. I was not able to find USAA on my list of CY09 Eligible companies for the fleet discount. I see an American First Credit Union of 017862 for members.
#527 of 2212 Re: Never going back to Smythe in San Jose [in_power2002]
Aug 17, 2009 (11:55 am)
Thanks for verifying the fleet discount.
#528 of 2212 I just tried the American First Credit Union CAN and no luck
Aug 17, 2009 (5:38 pm)
I just tried to print the fleet incentive form and I input the CAN for American First Credit Union (017862) and a message comes up that says that particular CAN is invalid. Is this true? Any ideas why this isn't working? Did MB catch wind of this loophole and shut them down? Thanks for any help.
#529 of 2212 Re: I just tried the American First Credit Union CAN and no luck [stewdy]
Aug 18, 2009 (8:23 pm)
I have others on my list, however, I'm a member of only one. Other dealers were acknowledging the fleet discount (unlike Smythe) but they wanted a direct draft (check) from the credit union for down payment.
I also saw a 4.9% apr on 2010 E350 from other San Jose dealer.