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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#886 of 2212 Re: 2010 E350 Sedan price [kc_06]
Jul 07, 2011 (10:07 am)
If the 2010 has less than 10K miles, and is still certified by Mercedes, I might pay $1000 or $1500 more for the vehicle. Remember, it pays to get one that is certified, which most of them are. The dealer has to pay $1500 or so to have the vehicle certified. That extends the warranty to 100K miles.
The conquest discount applies only if currently own a luxury vehicle. As an example, if you have a Lincoln, BMW, Cadillac, Volvo, Audi, Jaguar, etc., you are eligible for a $4000 discount on a 2011 E Class. If you don't drive a luxury vehicle, but have an older Mercedes Benz, you can qualify for up to $4000 in incentive the dealer has available.
If you are a Veteran, you can join USAA (usaa.com). Once you've joined, in order to qualify for an incentive, you must have a policy or account with them. If you don't, you can take out a small policy on a piece of jewelry, which might cost $24.00 a year, like I did. Then, you qualify for their purchasing service.
You build your car and they tell you what they will give you for an incentive. Last month, it was $4000. I don't know what it is this month, but you can check. But remember, THAT IS $4000 BELOW INVOICE OF THAT CAR They will tell you what the invoice price is, less $4000, which brings the cost of the vehicle to the $48,000 range.
With the discounts available on a new E350, I believe it might be wiser to just purchase a new one for a few thousand more. IF you don't qualify for incentives, then the decision is up to you.
Hope this helps.
#887 of 2212 Re: 2010 E350 Sedan price [abacomike]
Jul 07, 2011 (11:51 am)
I do not know how to thank you....but you have been a great help. I am not a veteran so I cannot get the USAA discount. Also I drive an old 1997 Infiniti I30 (an old entry level luxury), since it is an entry level, that does not qualify me for a mercedez E class discount
........based on these it seems that I am better off with an older car. But I agree that if I qualified for these incentives, it made more sense to get a new car.
#888 of 2212 Re: 2010 E350 Sedan price [kc_06]
Jul 07, 2011 (6:35 pm)
You don't have to be a veteran. If your parents, in-laws, spouse, ex-spouse served in the armed forces, you can qualify.
#889 of 2212 Re: 2010 E350 Sedan price [ex007]
Jul 08, 2011 (4:48 am)
That is correct. My Dad is a veteran, so he took out the insurance policy, then I was eligible for the USAA car buying service rebates. Even after he passes on, I still am a member, since membership is passed on the the next person listed on the membership. So long as you are listed on the account, you qualify.
They will ask you questions such as date of separation from the armed forces (if no longer active), etc.
#890 of 2212 Re: 2010 E350 Sedan price [abacomike]
Jul 08, 2011 (10:44 am)
Hi Guys, thanks for the help. But I still do not qualify for the USAA deal.....do you think that I can qualify for the Conquest deal, though I understand that I drive a pretty old car.
I am in the process of emailing to the dealar and set up an appointment for t'row and try to get one of the older cars that I listed earlier.....
Let us see whether they agree on my proposal...
#891 of 2212 Re: 2010 E350 Sedan price [kc_06]
Jul 09, 2011 (4:47 am)
I do not know the specific restrictions on the conquest program, but if you currently drive an Infiniti, no matter how old it is or what model it is, I would think you would still qualify since you are going from an Infiniti to a Mercedes. You would not qualify for the conquest program if you are going to purchase a used vehicle. This only applies to the new 2011 vehicle.
Go into the dealer, make your best deal on a 2011 E class sedan and mention nothing about the conquest program. Then, lay on them that you expect the conquest discount of $4000, since you drive an Infiniti. I saw nothing in the ads for the conquest program about the age of the vehicle you are driving or the model.
#892 of 2212 USAA Discount Qualification
Jul 09, 2011 (5:21 pm)
I'm getting mixed messages on qualification for MB discounts. Does anyone know where a document or link exits?
Anyone can join USAA and attain most of their products (checking account, investments, etc). However, auto insurance is only provided to those that have served or are currently serving in the military (or married/divorced to someone who has served, any in-law whom may have served, or parents).
MB dealers that I talked to stated that you have to have the auto insurance, however some postings on this discussion board state otherwise.
How do I find out the official rules?
#893 of 2212 Re: USAA Discount Qualification [mb_ryna]
Jul 10, 2011 (7:34 am)
We do not have their auto insurance (they are twice the cost of what I pay for Allstate here in FL). We have a small policy on a piece of jewelry, a ring, valued at $250.00. We pay 24.00 dollars a year for the policy, but I qualified for the $4000 discount on my new E350.
#894 of 2212 Re: 2010 E350 Sedan price [abacomike]
Jul 10, 2011 (9:42 am)
Yesterday i went to my local MB dealer. Between the palladium silver and Stee Grey, I loved the steel grey with panoromic sunroof. Anyways...we started negotiating and of course we did not reach a deal....since the dealer was not ready to come below ~47K. We found out during negotiation that this car came with Premium2 pkg and also night assist option, so the price was higher. I was direct to the dealer that I am not interested in any of these options so will not pay additional cost for these....and can wait till I get the correct car.....
Lets see...there is another 2010 with 17K miles with Prem 1 and AMG listed for 43K.....I will target this now....
Thanks for your help guys....I will keep you updated
#895 of 2212 Re: USAA Discount Qualification [mb_ryna]
Jul 10, 2011 (11:01 am)
You have to qualify for and purchase - even if only for one month - some type of insurance. It can be an auto policy but, as others have posted, it could be a personal property policy or something else. That said, the qualifications to purchase an insurance policy are the same: either you or someone who can or will claim you as a dependent must be eligible to purchase a policy. The easiest way is for either you, spouse or parents to have served in the military. Other alternative routes would be to have in-laws, uncle, etc. that would claim you as a dependent.
Of course, if you don't qualify for the USAA program, you may still be able to qualify for a $4k discount through the Conquest incentive. In fact, my dealer said they preferred dealing with the Conquest discount.