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2013 and earlier-Mercedes Benz M-Class Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • maylhmaylh Posts: 9
    Got one in Houston at invoice: Base + Prem 1 pkg. Free pre-wire.
  • sehkonsehkon Posts: 5
    Thanks much appreciated
  • mbnandocmbnandoc Posts: 1
    Anyone know of a good dealer who is willing to negotiate in the FL area?
  • java5java5 Posts: 18
    Could you please share the dealer name and sales person name, and also if you prefer give me your name so you get customer referral bonus
  • mlevinemlevine Posts: 203
    I have had success with MB of palm beaches compared to other local dealers. ML is very popular and inventory is on the low side. Have also spoken to the manager at this dealership and many people also getting into the ML due to better availability compared to GL as minimal stock inventory on the lot.
  • ulsuls Posts: 6
    Hi blazinginder. Can you tell me how much did you finally pay for the ML350. I am in the market of buying the car and wanted to understand what to expect.

    This is what I am looking for
    ML350 - AWD
    Premium Package
    Keyless GO
    Running board

    Thanks
    Urmil
  • calidave2calidave2 Posts: 3
    Hi All, anyone use their FEP certificate after negotiating a fair price? Did the dealer honor it?

    Right now the FEP gives you an additional $2,000 off an ML350.

    The best quote I got using the internet was 9.01% off MSRP, not including the FEP certificate. I live in SF bay area.

    Thanks
  • anandvnanandvn Posts: 5
    They should give you $2000 more off what was negotiated. That's what they did with me in AZ. The certificate is paid for by Mercedes and not the dealer so it shouldn't affect their profit. At least that's my understanding.
  • calidave2calidave2 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the info. I asked one dealer and he said his price already includes a $1,000 Mercedes Certificate, so if he replaces it with mine, I will save $1,000 instead of $2,000.

    Sounds a little odd to me. I don't know what a "Mercedes Certificate" is.
  • anandvnanandvn Posts: 5
    To get the fleet pricing you have to print out a certificate with a code on it. It's typically on the company providing the discounts website. I'm guessing he was already including one manufacturer discount in your negotiated price and they can only do one or the other. In my case I had a $2k fleet discount through USAA and I negotiated a price. When I went to the dealer he learned I was an AMA member and told me they had a $3k fleet discount so he could give another $1000 off more if I used the AMA Mercedes Benz certificate but I couldn't combine the two.
  • calidave2calidave2 Posts: 3
    I went to another dealer since they had the exact car I was looking for and after a looooot of BS they finally gave me 9% off MSRP plus another $1,000 off to match the other dealer. A fair price, but an unpleasant experience. I had a much better experience buying a Toyota.

    They did show me their internal website that showed a summer fleet certificate for $1,000 so i guess that part was true.

    One odd thing was I asked them to use my credit union for financing, they claimed they did it thru the CUDL system, but I do not see anything in the paperwork that shows that. They said the paperwork never does. Anyone have any experience with CUDL?

    In hindsight, I made a few mistakes.

    1) I assumed buying a Mercedes would not require a run thru the gauntlet of scams. e.g., I double checked the price on the loan and it was wrong!
    2) I did not start my counter offer low enough, so I had to battle the "split the difference" argument
    3) I should have insisted that they remove the chrome wheels immediately before I signed. (They said they would, but they didn't supposedly because their service department was too busy, so now I have to come back another day to get my stock wheels).
    4) I should have asked my credit union exactly what to expect when I used CUDL at the dealer
  • I just looked at ML350W2 in Houston at the Mercedes Dealer, MSRP base is $47,270 and with options is $56,605 + TTL. I liked the SUV how much should offer. What is realistic price that i will get it. Also I want to lease it so i dont have to pay sales tax. Any help is appreciated.

    Kim
  • Sehkon

    I looked at ML350W2 at local dealer Base is $47,270 + Options and destination charges is $56,605. How much should I offer and what is realistic price that deal will go thru. I want to start negotiating process next week. Thanks.
  • 8021080210 Posts: 1
    edited July 2013
    FYI: Paid $53,370 plus $500 doc (plus Denver state/local taxes) out-the-door. Invoice was $55,279. I'm a regular citizen and didn't use any "programs" (e.g. True Car, USAA, VPP, COSTCO, CUDL, etc.) that I was aware of.
  • brightonwbrightonw Posts: 1
    Hi 80210,
    Which Denver area dealership did you go to for your ML? Thanks and congrats.

    bw
  • awl10awl10 Posts: 1
    edited August 2013
    Hi, all. First post here but used this forum extensively in researching whether to buy or lease a 2013 ML 350. Note that I bought this model at a 2nd dealer after I thought I was being jacked around with MF levels at the first dealer I looked at leasing from. See below and hope this helps.

    MSRP: $53,245 (added options of premium 1, trailer hitch, Keyless Go and Pre-wiring for rear entertainment)
    Sales price: $47,645
    Drive-out post-TTL: $50,924
    Location: Houston, TX

    Sales discount of $5600 was 10.5% off MSRP. Rather than do dealer finance (which I was told was in range of +/- 3%), I financed $44,900 of purchase price through Bank of America at 1.99% for 60 months (I have mid-700s credit score). Paid $6,024 down to get to $44,900 financed amount...monthly loan payment is $786.80. As a side note, to finance $45K or above would have increased my interest rate to 2.34%

    Had a bad experience at another dealer trying to lease an ML...dealer gave me $5500 discount off MSRP on any 2013 model, but jacked the finance charge up to .00216 even though I am top tier credit. They claimed that it was their dealership finance policy to charge a premium on top of the buy rate amount. So I went to a 2nd dealer who offered to beat the 1st dealer by giving additional $100 discount on top of the $5500, without any hassle. I probably could have gotten the price down a bit more since the car was on the 2nd dealer's lot for almost 2 months, but I'm happy with the deal as is.
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