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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#962 of 2212 Re: making up my mind about new MB E or C [wireless]
Aug 06, 2011 (7:31 am)
I purchase a new Mercedes E350 Sport every year from the same dealer. I am treated like a "king", for obvious reasons, but I received the best pricing on a new Benz from this dealership. Usually, I end up well below invoice due to incentives, etc., and the fact that my dealership is willing to give me a TRIPLE NET DEAL (a deal which includes discounting hold back, etc., a deal which employees receive). I am at the dealership at least once a week for a car wash, which is always complimentary on all his new and used vehicles. It is always a pleasure whenever I am at the dealership, whether it is for service or to purchase my new cars.
I can also state, from vast experience, that the treatment I have received from other Mercedes Benz Dealerships has been LESS THAN SATISFACTORY in most cases. For some reason, they seem to be condescending and somewhat "stuck up" about their brand. Granted, the brand, in recent years (since 2006) has been almost flawless after divesting Chrysler, and perhaps some dealers and their employees use old-fashioned methods to sell you a car, but my dealer is very laid back in its approach to its customers. I've shopped all the dealers within 50 miles of my residence, and I can tell you that the deals I receive from this dealer are far below other pricing.
Hope this is helpful to you.
#963 of 2212 Re: help with negotiations [fatcat71]
Aug 06, 2011 (7:37 am)
The USAA price is invoice less $4000.00. There are some other incentives available to the dealers such as previous Customer Loyalty (currently own a Mercedes Benz) and Mercedes Benz Financial Loyalty (currently have a lease or loan with MBF). MBF loyalty I believe is about $1500, but I am not sure of the other loyalty (about $2000). Whether or not the dealer is willing to provide that or whether you qualify for those additonal incentives is questionable.
Try another dealership and see if you can get another thousand or two. If not, and you do not qualify for the incentives, then the pricing is fair.
#964 of 2212 Re: making up my mind about new MB E or C [abacomike]
Aug 06, 2011 (8:15 am)
Which dealer? I'm sure they'd appreciate a plug.
#965 of 2212 Re: help with negotiations [abacomike]
Aug 06, 2011 (8:24 am)
One additional incentive I rarely see mentioned is the "fleet" discount. If you work for certain companies a $1000~$1500 discount is available because the company either buys from MB or has some kind of supplier relationship I think. Anyway both my and my wife's employers qualify. MB varies the amount throughout the year. But it disqualifies you from certain other discounts such as the Conquest cash. You have to just pick and choose whichever is best.
I wonder if I could quietly sign up for, say, for a jewelry policy, as USAA and get the USAA discount. State Farm gives me to good a deal to drop them.
#966 of 2212 Re: making up my mind about new MB E or C [kevinc5]
Aug 06, 2011 (10:58 am)
Actually, I don't think they would appreciate a plug, considering the fact that they do not want to sell new MB's for what I pay for them. But if you live in Florida, tell me and we will find a way to get you a new Benz for what I pay for them. Ok?
#967 of 2212 Re: help with negotiations [wireless]
Aug 06, 2011 (11:02 am)
If you are a veteran, or your father was a veteran, or you have a close relative or son/daughter who is either in the service or is a veteran, you can qualify.
You have the individual who is in the service or is a veteran, sign up. Then, you qualify.
Unfortunately, they only allow one per year.
As for the incentives and discounts you mentioned, you are correct. If you use a USAA incentive, you cannot qualify for the loyalty incentive. However, since I had my loan through Mercedes Benz Financial, I was able to get an addiitonal 1500. But you will not be able to combine USAA with their 2500 loyalty incentive for those who currently own or lease a Benz.
Aug 06, 2011 (4:27 pm)
After a frenzy of phone calls and counter-offers The best I was able to do was on a 2011 E350 4Matic, Steel Grey/Black MB Tex Premium 1,Rear spoiler and fold down seat is 47,400 plus Tax & tags. Comsidering I get only USAA and no other incentives, it sounds as good as I'm going to get.
Probably going to drop the hammer on monday, but I really wanted black/black...............
#969 of 2212 Re: update [fatcat71]
Aug 07, 2011 (6:43 am)
IT'S A GREAT DEAL! Excellent negotiating on your part. I knew there was more room there, if the dealer wanted to give up some incentives he was saving for his profit.
As for Black/Black, I had one last year and was so happy to get rid of it. It shows every water mark (sprinkler sprays), every scratch (no matter how small or insignificant), and in the summers, you could barbeque a steak on the trunk or the hood. Of course, nothing is sharper looking than a black car when it is freshly waxed/washed, etc. But I sure wasn't able to wash/wax the car every day to keep it looking great.
The Palladium silver (light gray) is a nice color, but steel grey is very distinguished, to say the least.
You are making the right decision, in my estimation/opinion. Good luck with your new E350.
#970 of 2212 E350 - Can I do better?
Aug 14, 2011 (1:55 pm)
Dear Abacomike, Carman, and everyone,
Long time reader, first time poster. Thanks in advance for all your help.
Looking at the following car:
2011 E350 Iridium Silver/Ash MBtex
775 Iridium Silver $720
108 Ash MB-Tex
P01 P01 Premium Package: COMAND System with $4,000
R08 R08 Wheel Package: 18" AMG Twin 5-Spoke $760
129 Accessory Styling Package (Rear Deck and $600
240 LED Daytime Running Lamps
277 3-Spoke Sport Steering Wheel
287 Split Folding Rear Seats $440
321 321 Sport Package: 18" 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels
413 Power Tilt / Sliding Panorama Sunroof $1,090
432 Drive-Dynamic Multicontour Driver Seat w $660
736 Black Ash Wood Trim
873 Heated Front Seats
Dealer quoted me 9300 under MSRP including conquest discount, which makes it $49245. He hasn't broken the discounts down for me, but I told him I own a Benz and a BMW (both ten yrs old).
I don't qualify for USAA. Was hoping to pay closer to 47500.
Any room to move? If so, how?
I'm in Southern California.
#971 of 2212 Re: E350 - Can I do better? [dadcar72]
Aug 14, 2011 (2:39 pm)
Looks like a pretty sweet deal to me. Don't know about getting to 47K for that config thought. That car is almost fully loaded for a car with P1, and from the looks of it has more than the car Abacomike bought, and he gets crazy discounts, and he paid just under 47K. USAA and conquest are both 4K and you can't use both at the same time so I bet you might be able to get to 48,999, but if you want to get under 48K I think you are going to have to lose the sunroof. JMVHO.
Good Luck with the ride. I pick up mine in 14 days 14 hours and 21 minutes, but who'se counting!!