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

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  • bimloverbimlover Posts: 8
    I HAVE ANOTHER CONCERN. WOULD YOU TAKE A 3 YEAR OLD MERCEDES TO AN INDEPENDANT MECHANIC FOR MAINTENANCE SERVICE ? THE SHOP I HAVE IN MIND SERVICES ONLY MERCEDES BENZ AND WAS RECOMMENDED BY SEVERAL MEMBERS ON THE MBZ CLUB OF AMERICA FORUM. THE SHOP IS LOCATED IN THE LOS ANGELES,CA AREA - GLENDALE,CA TO BO SPECIFIC. THANKS.
  • e2009e2009 Posts: 23
    Independent garages are find. I would stick to one that is limited to MB. I take my old vehicle to an independent garage. Newer vehicles with a warranty I stick to an authorized dealer. All dealers have service specials that include break repairs, Service A, Service B and transmission service. You can find them online by going to service specials at the local dealers’ websites. I would take the vehicle to an authorized dealer for warranty repairs.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,864
    edited March 2012
    Just keep all your receipts for warranty issues later if you have problems. Personally, I would take my car to an authorized Mercedes Benz Dealership if the car was still under warranty, which your S550 is! You spend a few bucks more for maintenance, however developing a good relationship with an authorized Mercedes Benz Dealer is essential, in my opinion, with a car that is only a few years old.

    I belong to the Mercedes Benz Club of America. My dealership gives me 20% off on maintenance and another 10% off because I am a member of the MBCA. So, I am really only paying 70% of the total cost of maintenance. Also, as a respondent mentioned, they run specials. As an example, they just recently ran a special on an A service. It was $259.00 instead of their usual $329.00. Additionally, I buy a new car at that dealership on average once every 12 -18 months. So I have established a great relationship with the Service Director and Service Manager, for obvious reasons.

    It's the B service that is usually more expensive since it covers alot more. I usually don't keep a car long enough to require a B Service.

    In summary, I would always service the car at your preferred dealership so long as it is on warranty. Once off warranty, I wouild seek a service provider like the one you mentioned.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,864
    You mentioned that you bought a 2009 S550 w/ 25k miles on it. I am interested in finding out what you paid for it! 3 year old car with low miles - hope you got a good deal. They sure weren't on the warranty. Good luck with the car - it certainly is a great vehicle!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    Do any dealers actively offer discounts on Mercedes extended warranties over the Web?
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,864
    I've never seen warranties from Mercedes advertised on the web. The main reason is the Finance Department in these dealerships. The extended warranty is a major source of income to the finance personnel. When I was manager of a dealership, it was "hands off" to the sales department.

    The best way to get a discounted price on an extended warranty is either as part of the NEGOTIATED sales price of the vehicle "OR" purchased through the service department. Service can sell a warranty, but then it gors back to the finance department for paperwork, etc.

    I would not purchase a 2nd or 3rd party warranty on a Mercedes.

    I'll try to get some more info, if I can, from my dealer.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • bimloverbimlover Posts: 8
    THE ASKING PRICE WAS $59,991. I PAID $56,528 . AND I HAD TO "PULL TEETH" TO GET THAT !! THAT WAS THERE ROCK BOTTOM CUT OFF PRICE. THEY WOULD NOT NEGOTIATE ANY FURTHER.
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    The old timers may remenber Lisa Lehrbaum at Courtesy Motors MBZ in Chico CA. She sold factory extended warranties at good discounts. Last time I checked she was no longer there and I don't think anyone continued that service at that dealership. If there are others like her out there I'd love to know about them.
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    I've heard that many dealers will NEVER give thier best deals to someone who emails in caps. It's not a written policy anywhere, just the Emailers Code. Honor it.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,864
    $56,500 sounds like a fair price for a 3 year old, low mileage S550. In 2009, a new one would list for around $98,000 and cost about $90,000 if you used incentives, etc. Sounds like you got a fairly good deal on that car. But, the bottom line is not the determining factor - it's the enjoyment and satisfaction "factor" that really matters.

    Enjoy!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,864
    edited March 2012
    Using "ALL" caps in an Email is considered yelling, which I do not believe he was doing! Perhaps he was just uninformed or ignorant as to what "ALL CAPS" really means. I guess what you said and how you said it is one way to inform a composer of an Email what using all caps means!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,864
    Kevin, I was up to my dealership this morning and asked about advertising discounted extended warranties on the web. He told me that Mercedes advertises them on their website, but that they are not discounted there. He doubts that any dealer would advertise a "discounted" price as there are restrictions on what can be publicized as part of the franchise agreement with the manufacturer. The same is true for discounting new vehicles online or in the newspapers. Mercedes, themselves, advertise discounted lease prices and then the dealer advertises that same pricing. Mercedes warranties come under the same advertising restrictions.

    I hope that answers your question. Only 2nd and/or 3rd party warranties that are not Mercedes warranties would be advertised.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    The warranty deal I mentioned wasn't really advertised. However, it was pretty well known on some of the other MB forums that if you contacted Lisa Lehrbaum at Courtesy Motors by email or fax, gave her the particulars of your new MB, she would fax back a quote at a significant discount from list price. I got one for my E320, but didn't take it. Lisa is no longer there and I haven't heard of anyone providing a similar service, though you cvan always email a few finance guys and see what they offer.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,864
    Yes, I knew there was conquest still available, but dealers are limited to 5 - 15 such incentives per franchise depending on size/sales volume. So, if they advertised this incentive and 20 customers came in to "cash in" on the cash-back, they would not be able to honor some of them. Then, they open up another can of worms.

    Conquest cash is available only if you have a registered qualifying vehicle in your name. Secondly, in order to get reimbursed from Mercedes for the cash-back incentive, the dealership must present proof to the manufacturer in the form of a signed buyer's order by both the customer and the sales manager. They would not be able to get the credit without that proof of purchase/sale.

    I'm sure there is a way of circumventing this process, but I don't think a dealer would jeopardize their franchise or incur severe consequences.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,864
    As I mentioned in a previous posting, a discounted Mercedes warranty can be purchased if you shop around. But it is doubtful you would find it advertised unless Mercedes advertised it (manufacturer).

    The best way to get a discount is at the time of purchase when you can negotiate with management prior to the sale. Lisa used her talents to make some extra pocket money.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

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  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Need info on MB prepaid service contracts. What discounts are available on 3$4 years?
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    I don't have that info. Contact your dealer.
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    I tried to check their pricing and was redirected to truecar.com.
  • I live in Boca and have NEVER gotten a good deal from ANY of the Autonation owned MB dealerships. We ended up going to Palm Beach Mercedes which is a different owner. They are fantastic and we used them again this week to lease an C for me and an E for my husband.

    They prices for leasing were dramatic, more than $100 diff a month and always pushed to put money down which we never do.

    PB was such a pleasure, my salesman 3 years ago did well by us again, Fred Fisher. Everything done via email only had to sign & drive away on delivery.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,864
    Congratulations on youir new Mercedes. We all have positive and negative experiences at dealerships, unfortunately. I live about 5 miles south of you in Coconut Creek and tried to buy my 2012 E Class from them, but with a poor result. The same was true at their sister dealership in Pompano Beach. I have had great experiences with Mercedes of Delray, though. I've purchased 6 cars from them for me and my family in the past 3 years, and have found them outstanding. I am sure you tried them since they are the closest dealership to Boca Raton.

    Sounds like you had a great experience in Palm Beach - also a good dealership from my experiences, but too far for me to travel - 30-40 miles or so. You might want to give Delray Mercedes Service a visit. I've had great experiences in servicing my cars there. Remember, you can service your Mercedes at any Mercedes Dealership - and their service department is huge.

    Best of luck and enjoy!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • This last lease I tried all of them again and again no one could touch PB. It's a drive for us too about 40 mintues but we only go once to sign the deal.

    I always service my car at Delray and the service department has been great. I admit I look for the color/options at the dealership closest to me then I give my guy the color/option package I want and do the deal via email.

    I email all the internet salespeople and give them the opportunity to present their best deal without disclosing my lowest. I don't think it's fair to give the deal to someone else who only will undercut after I tell them my lowest price.
  • robertw477robertw477 Posts: 179
    I also live in Coconut Creek and contacted Palm Beach through the Costco program. They claim with the Costco program and 3K incentive I can save alot on a lease. If I may ask what are you paying on the E-Class lease?

    Robert
  • robertw477robertw477 Posts: 179
    You sound alot like me in how you have leased cars. I never leased from MB but I have done things in a similar fashion. I narrow the car I want and try to be very specific about options wanted. Many years ago the internet was more of a novelty and salespeople were more responsive. These days it can yield mixed results. Often a salesperson will mention that another dealer can try to lowball or undercut any quoted price to get the sale. I always tell them if they dont give me a price, then they cant get the sale from me no matter what. After your comments about Coco creek and Pompano I will only consider PB if I get an MB. Considering the E350 with the Premium 1 package
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,864
    You should give Delray Mercedes a shot. They are just east of I-95 on Linton Blvd. Best dealership of all the Autonation-owned dealerships. See John Bradley, the sales manager, and mention Mike from Coconut Creek. You'll get your best price and best servicing.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,864
    I don't lease cars anymore, I buy them. My 2012 E350 Sport with P2, ventilated seats, dynamic driver's seat (massage, etc.), rear spoiler, Wheel package and leather listed for 62,325. I am a member of USAA and was able to get invoice less 2000, plus the MB financial incentive (the only incentive available with USAA) for 2000. That put the final l price at 54K. Great dealership (Delray) and great management.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • Hi Robert,

    Here is the breakdown:

    MSRP: $55975

    Incentives & discounts: $8375
    dealer discount: 4875
    MB loyalty: 2000
    cap discount: 1500

    Base cap: 47,600

    total cap: $50,064 includes bank fee, dealer fee

    residual: 61% $34,144.75
    money factor: .00189

    33 months, 15k miles/yr- no money down except 1st months payment & fees= $940.52

    I got him to throw in 3 year prepaid maintenance & window tint. Also, lowered payment to $670.00 tax in.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,864
    USAA members can still get a new E350 sedan for about $2000 below dealer invoice. And if you have a current MB Financial lease or loan, you can combine another $2000 incentive bringing the pricing to $4000 below invoice - nice price for a quality luxury automobile.

    Definitely worth taking advantage of.

    Most dealers still have conquest money available if you currently own/lease a qualifying competitors brand so don't forget to insist on that conquest money after you've negotiated your best price.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
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