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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Car Leasing, Car Buying, SUV
#667 of 716 2012 GL450 Deals
Mar 12, 2012 (11:09 am)
#668 of 716 DC Area and Bethesda..consolidated
Mar 13, 2012 (2:26 pm)
can anyone post recent deals on a GL350 or GL450. just deal points and not speculation ?
I'm also dealing with a few local dealers around the beltway and $10K off would seem hopeful. I These posts regarding margins and what a dealer should make and not make are irrelevant. If any dealer is offering a discount, then it creates competition and a dealer can choose whether to compete or not compete. What they make isn't my business (but based on how lavish these dealerships are now, I'm guessing they aren't hurting)
#669 of 716 Re: Deal Evaluation Please - CPO GL450 [funcars2]
Mar 13, 2012 (3:17 pm)
where are you located, I have seen a 2008 GL with 30,000 miles for $37,000.
#670 of 716 Just purchased
Mar 14, 2012 (6:34 pm)
I did just buy a GL450, $9K off sticker. Its not the best I've seen on this board but it wasn't a car out of inventory. They are getting it from another dealer, rather than chase this specific car down I forewent the $1K and just took it.
Mar 17, 2012 (2:31 pm)
I just purchased a GL 350 in europe for 58.5K Euro which was a 10K Euro discount from MSRP. At first I wanted to buy a factory ordered car and they were willing to give me a 7.5K discount. Unfortunately they stopped manufacturing (or taking orders on) the 2012 GL on March 1st. So I got something in stock and I got 10K off.
One side note about the price: in Europe they add VAT (value added tax) to that price but I didn't include those numbers cause it would just confuse everybody. A car that sells for 50K USD in the US would sell for about 50K Euro + VAT in Europe. Prices and Taxes are much bigger here!
But the point is that you can get about 10K off on 2012 GLs because it is the end of the x164 platform.
For what its worth, its a fantastic car.
#672 of 716 Re: Just purchased [wilmer1]
Mar 17, 2012 (2:38 pm)
Thanks for sharing. What was the MSRP on your car? What was the actual purchase price?
I ask because the amount off depends on the base price...and proper comparisons can only be made when we know the base price. This way we can calcuate the % discount. So a 9K discount might be a 10% or a 7% discount.
Glad to hear from you as I am in the market and keen to get a good deal. Thanks so much!
#673 of 716 Re: Just Purchased in EU [gummibear737]
Mar 17, 2012 (2:39 pm)
Congrats on your new car!
Do you think it makes sense to wait for the new 2013?
What changes are planned for the 2013?
#674 of 716 Re: Just Purchased in EU [alexebi]
Mar 17, 2012 (5:03 pm)
Why to buy a 2012 gl: 10k discount, maximum reliability on electric system and other problem reliability areas, ride/handling/comfort will not significantly improve
Why not to buy 2012 gl: redesign will make u obsolete, gadgets suck, end of life purchases are not sexy
Reality if you wait for 2013 gl: no/insignificant discount on MSRP, redesign is questionable but newness factor is cool, gadget will be much better, reliability is a question mark if you look at luxury car redesign history
Who should look at 2012 gl: if mercedes gl MSRP is at the high end of you price range (10k discount is big), the 2012 is a great if not so sexy deal. Comfort, quality and safety is unmatched
Who should wait for 2013 gl: if money isnt a big issue then you will be far more satisfied, but not in the practical areas.
#675 of 716 Re: Just Purchased in EU [gummibear737]
Mar 17, 2012 (11:08 pm)
Thanks gummibear for the very good points. When do you think they will release the new 2013 GL. Are there any available pics of the redesign.
As for discounts I am only getting about a 9% discount off MSRP from dealers I talk to. Approximately $6K on a 71K car. Any tips on how to get the larger 10K disocunt i.e. 14% discount. I am in the US and so far no luck at getting any thing close to the 10K/14-15% discount you mention.
#676 of 716 Re: Just Purchased in EU [alexebi]
Mar 18, 2012 (2:18 am)
2013 gl is out this fall. If you want an idea of how it looks just google merc gl 2013 and there's plenty of spy photos. There are some cosmetic changes (headlights, sportier front) but overall it retains alot of style elements. It is still a big somewhat angular car and the back is still boxy.
If you want the larger (10k) discount i can recommend a number of approaches. First off is use patience to your advantage. They need to move the 2012s and the more you wait the more likely they will crack. Also, use the fact that factory orders are no longer possible to your advantage. Multiple visits to dealer help. The more time dealer spends with you, the more they will feel the psychological need to make a deal. Wait them out. Second shop around with multiple dealers and tell them the price at which you are ready to make a deal. Somebody will crack with prospect of having leftover inventory. Also, consider that they try to make money back on service so use that to your advantage.
I am convinced that you can get the 10k discount with a little patience and leg work. I'm not normally a tough negotiator, i actually hate it. However the prospective 2012 gl buyer is probably trying to buy a bit over their price comfort range so the discount is paramount. If money isnt an issue then wait for 2013...nothing better than being early driver of relatively rare model.
I negotiated my butt off for the final 2.5 k of my discount. I walked away. I came back. I told them i was going to buy a q7 or lr4. I played it cool and let them re-engage me. Bottom line, if you consider that this car is priced much higher than it should be, and that the decision to purchase is more emotional than rational, then dont be asamed to play hardball.
You will love the car so if you want to steal a mercedes on the cheap then this is your chance