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

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  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,480
    The only loyalty incentive they had last month was if you have a current lease or loan with MB Financial - $2000 toward the purchase of a 2012 E350. They also had a lease loyalty. This month, I have not seen anything yet, but MB Financial usually has something if you currently have a lease or open loan with them.

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

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,480
    Edmunds just posted incentives for March. For the E Class sedan (sport), they have $2000 cash for customers who are currently in an MB Financial lease or loan toward the purchase of a 2012 E 350 sport. That is all they show for this month.

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

  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    Thanks. I'll probably wait a few months. Discounts seem pretty slim right now.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,480
    edited March 2012
    Yes! From October through December, they had 1.9% (or less) financing for up to 66 months along with the $2000 MB Financial loyalty as well as conquest incentives.

    Are you a veteran or is an immediate family member a veteran? USAA has special pricing but you need to have some kind of policy with them (I have a $25.00 a year policy on a ring) to qualify. If you are a member of USAA or join, the dealer will sell you a new E350 sedan or coupe for dealer invoice less up to $2000 below invoice which is what I paid. Then you can also use the MB Financial incentive on top of that. That's how most of us got our deals - conquest incentives or USAA pricing. I also got 1.6% financing for 66 months on a 15000 dollar loan. They always have an MB Financial incentive which is why I keep an active loan.

    Also the Mercedes Benz Club of America has a $1000 cash back incentive for its members.

    You should check out all the details at:

    MBCA.org
    USAA.com

    You can call either for specific info.

    Hope this helps!

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

  • ghstudioghstudio Posts: 931
    I am confused by USAA. I joined the site, but I can't find any way that I'm eligible for their insurance. Am I dead in the water or is there some way to still get the discount?
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,480
    To become a member of USAA, either you or an immediate family member must either be currently in the armed forces or be a veteran! In my case, my father is a veteran. So he signed up to become a member. Once he was a member, with a member #, I was able to become a member as his son. I then received my own membership #. Then, in order to be eligible for their new car buying service, my dad or I had to have a policy of some sort or have a checking or savings account with them. At the time, my dad took out a small insurance policy on his star sapphire ring, worth $250. It cost him $25 for the policy. I then became eligible through his membership and the fact that one of us was a policy holder.

    If you are a veteran or you dad or mom was a veteran, you can join. Even if your son/daughter is active or are veterans, you can qualify by them joining, and then you join under their membership.

    THE BEST THING TO DO IS CALL THEM MONDAY MORNING (their phone number is on the site for customer service) AND THEY WILL WALK YOU THROUGH IT THE WAY THEY WALKED US THROUGH IT.

    We will retain the policy as it saves me $2000+ on each purchase BELOW INVOICE.

    If you are not eligible, see what would happen if you purchased an auto policy with them - to see if you could qualify for their new car buying service that way. I tried to get an auto policy with them, but down here in Broward County FL, their rates were twice what I pay with Liberty Mutual through Mercedes Benz.

    Good luck!

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

  • mbenz805mbenz805 Posts: 3
    They are right, you would have to buy it there. Keyes owns the dealership with the car, Autonation (company I work for) ownes House of Imports. Now, if you said MB South Bay, then they could do trades with House of Imports, just like the other 250+ dealers owned by Autonation.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,480
    I did not know that Autonation had dealers in Southern California. The Mercedes dealer I buy all my Mercedes Benz vehicles from is also Autonation owned. Here in southeast Florida, they have many, many Mercedes dealerships. They own MB of Coconut Creek, Pompano, Ft. Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Miami and Delray. That's 6 huge dealerships all within 45 miles of each other. They sure have cornered this market. Excellent dealer organization and they own over 40 other dealerships down here for other makes. Maroone dealership are all owned by Autonation. Their corporate headquarters are here in Ft. Lauderdale.

    Excellent people to do business with!

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

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,010
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  • ghstudioghstudio Posts: 931
    Autonation is OK but they do inflate the bank fee on Mercedes leases to $1095 (mercedes only charges ($795) and try to push their own service policy vs the mercedes one. I haven't found them any better or worse than other dealers. My local Autonation dealer had no clue about Multiple Security Deposits. I'd say they are no better/worse than most other dealers.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,480
    I was just reading the March-April "The Star" (bi-monthly Mercedes Benz Club of America magazine) and saw a brief article on the new hybrids from Mercedes (p. 18). The E400, due for release in the 3rd quarter of 2012 as a 2013, will have a V6 engine, 302 horsepower (same as the current 2012 non-hybrid V6) and is expected to consume fuel @ 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Will have lithium-ion batteries.

    My question is this: why pay a premium for a hybrid that delivers about the same mpg's as the current non-hybrid? I'm getting 21 around town and 32 on the highway now. I would imagine/guess that the E hybrid will cost at least $4000 - $6000 more than the non-hybrid. So where is the savings?

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

  • ghstudioghstudio Posts: 931
    Many of us think that Mercedes US made a big mistake by not offering a diesel hybrid which would have been much more efficient. We are stuck with this 1/2 hybrid instead.....and you're right, unless you are making an environmental statement, it will be a poor choice.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,480
    I am not really sold on hybrids at this point in my life. I've mentioned here before that I believe the future of personal vehicles and the energy to power them lies in HYDROGEN and hydrogen fuel cell technology. We are probably 10 or so years away from expanded use of this as a power source for automobiles. The major hold-ups in this technology are safety in it's practical use (flammability of hydrogen) and in mass production of hydrogen in fuel cell form.

    We have an almost inexhaustible supply of hydrogen in the form of water and the byproduct of hydrogen combustion is mostly in the form of water vapor. I know that BMW has been pursuing hydrogen fuel cell technology and currently has a small test fleet of hydrogen powered 750i's in California and several other locales around the globe.

    Let's hope we live to see this come to pass in our lifetimes.

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

  • bimloverbimlover Posts: 8
    I ON THE E BOARD BECAUSE THE S BOARD IS NOT VERY ACTIVE. ANYWAY, I BOUGHT A 2009 S550 YESTERDAY. WHAT A BEAUTY! IT HAS 25,000 MILES ON IT AND IT IS CERTIFIED UNTIL FEB. 2014. THE FINANCE MANAGER LITERALLY HOUNDED ME ABOUT BUYING THE ADDITIONAL EX. WARR. (2YR.&135K MILES). I SAID MAYBE LATER. FOUR YEARS FROM NOW, I WILL ONLY HAVE ONLY 65,000 MILES ON IT(ACCORDING TO MY DRIVING HABITS).WHAT DO YOU SAY? THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,480
    I think it depends upon the cost. To extend the warranty to 4 more years and 135k miles is great (2 years more than you have now). First of all, it must be a MERCEDES BENZ extended warranty, not a second party warranty. Next, I would be willing to pay $1200 - $1400 for the additional 2 years and peace of mind. But make sure you are going to keep the car for 4 years.

    Next, is the warranty transferrable to the next owner if you decide to sell or trade the car before the end of the warranty.

    Finally, it's up to you. Even though you do not drive that much, if you should have a system failure or a breakdown caused by an unknown failure, it could cost upwards of $5000 to repair and/or identify. This is a Mercedes, not a Ford, so maintenance alone is 5-10 times more costly than a Ford or Chevy. Just imagine the cost of a new a/c compressor or a power steering unit.

    Remember, it's just buying you peace of mind!

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

  • bimloverbimlover Posts: 8
    the ext.warranty(2yr.&135k miles) added $93.00 a month for 60 months @ 2.99% to the car note. that means the finance manager was charging approx. $5000 dollars for the bmz ext. warranty.and yes, i will keep this car for well over 4 years. most likely, i won't sell it.
  • merckymercky Posts: 15
    why do I cringe everytime someone talks about monthly payment as cost?
    $5000 for 2 years extended warranty is too steep. I would NOT touch it.
    135k miles is bogus as you said. price a mechanical breakdown insurance from geico or someone else if you really need protection of 2 more years.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,480
    That's an outrageous cost - $5000 is a scam, to be sure. No wonder he is bugging you to buy the extended warranty.

    I doubt that the true dealer cost for the Mercedes Warranty is $5000. He is probably marking the cost up by $3000 or more. As I mentioned in my response to your first post, if it was $1200 -$1400 in cost, even $1500, I would purchase the extended MERCEDES BENZ warranty. But $5000 is a true scam.

    If you plan on keeping the car for another 4 years, and it costs more than $1500 or so to get a Mercedes Benz Warranty, I would get nothing. You can pay cash for a mechanical problem by saving the $5000 on the 2 year extension of the warranty.

    What I would do is go back to the dealer and offer him $1500 or so for the waranty. If he says no, go to another Mercedes Dealer and negotiate an extended Mercedes Warranty. I am sure the finance guy is making a fortune on the back end with charging you that much for the warrnaty. A 2 year extension on your certified Mercedes Benz cannot be that costly, in reality.

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

  • bimloverbimlover Posts: 8
    I DID NOT WANT TO BUY A CAR FROM DOWNTOWN LA MOTORS MERCEDES IN THE FIRST PLACE, BUT THEY HAD THE PRE-OWNED CAR I WAS LOOKING FOR ( PLUS IT HAD LOW MILEAGE). I WILL GO TO HOUSE OF IMPORTS TO NEGOTIATE FOR THE EXT. WARRANTY. HOUSE OF IMPORTS HAS A BETTER REPUTATION.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,480
    I am not familiar with LA dealers, but you should go to the dealer you like/have positive vibes about to negotiate the extended warranty price. You should try meeting the manager or director of the service dept. and explain your situation and that you will be servicing your car there.

    Then bring up the extended warranty. I know you can get one for much less - thousands less than $5000. Remember, your car already has an extended warranty through the certification process. Thus, it should be no problem to get the extension. Good luck!

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

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