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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#891 of 1939 Re: 2010 E350 Sedan price [kc_06]
Jul 09, 2011 (5:47 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 1939 USAA Discount Qualification
Jul 09, 2011 (6:21 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 1939 Re: USAA Discount Qualification [mb_ryna]
Jul 10, 2011 (8:34 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 1939 Re: 2010 E350 Sedan price [abacomike]
Jul 10, 2011 (10:42 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 1939 Re: USAA Discount Qualification [mb_ryna]
Jul 10, 2011 (12:01 pm)
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.
#896 of 1939 Re: USAA Discount Qualification [ex007]
Jul 10, 2011 (1:04 pm)
Your dealer prefers dealing with the Conquest Discount because to get the USAA incentive, your dealer has to access USAA and get the coupon for you. YOu must have a membership card (usually green) or a number (found on the website once you are a member).
#897 of 1939 Re: 2010 E350 Sedan price [kaushik91]
Jul 10, 2011 (3:56 pm)
I just now closed the deal on my CPO 2010 E350 with the dealer. They called me and agreed to my proposal. I will pick the car on Tuesday....once they get it detailed and also get a spoiler. Here are the details of the car...
Model: 2010 E350
Color: Steel Grey
Options: Premium2, AMG Sport, Night Assist, Pano roof
Marked Price: 48981
KBB value: 50705
My purchase price: 42000. (my initial offer was 41500....but I just added an additional 500 to close the deal....)
Thanks a lot to abacomike, who helped me to make the deal......if it was not for him, I might have started negotiating at a much higher price....I am no expert in negotiating car prices....so thanks to all the experts in this forum who help people like me to get a good deal....
I am sure some of you migh have got this car at 40 or 41K, but I am happy with my deal.
#898 of 1939 Re: USAA Discount Qualification [mb_ryna]
Jul 10, 2011 (5:29 pm)
I leased an E350 at the end of April using USAA. While I am a veteran, I do not have insurance with USAA. I have seen this before on here and in my case I didn't have to have insurance. What I did have to do is call them and get an authorization number from them. Once I got that I got the discount.
#899 of 1939 Re: USAA Discount Qualification [raymmer]
Jul 10, 2011 (7:12 pm)
Thanks for the comments. I, nor anyone in the immediate family, have been in the military. I did join USAA, but was hoping that there would be some products that they offer which would qualify me for a MB discount.
Sounds like it won't work out for me becuase I doubt I'd get an authorization number.
#900 of 1939 Re: 2010 E350 Sedan price [kaushik91]
Jul 11, 2011 (8:06 am)
Excellent! Good price for a 2010 with Prem 2 and all the other options. Thanks for the "thanks". I was in the car business as a manager for about 6 years after I retired from being a Principal (public) and Private School Headmaster. I learned alot of things, which I don't mind sharing with you guys.
Good luck with the car.