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Mercedes-Benz R-Class Lease Questions

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  • if $28,500 is their first offer, that is not a bad place to start....low mileage above avg condition could fetch $26-27k at auction based on prices from Aug/Sept. I m still trying to get late Sept/Oct prices to post....
  • lklein1lklein1 Posts: 24
    My experience is they won't negotiate from what they tell you and won't let you talk to anyone else to negotiate. If anyone else gets past the price they give, please post how. I think I'm going to have to turn my car in and buy anothe 06 from somewhere else which is a bummer. My husband did find and negotiate an 06 R500 from a Ford dealership for $25,750. It was nice -- 17,000 miles on it, but it didn't have navigation or parking sensors -- 2 things I really like on my car.
  • cary28cary28 Posts: 53
    My 06 R350 lease is ending this month, and I will really miss the luxury and comfort of this truly amazing crossover vehicle. Our family had quite a few road trips, including numerous drives from Northern Cal to San Diego, ski trips to Lake Tahoe, and enjoyable jaunts along the Pacific coastline.

    The R350 is really a hidden jewel in MB's lineup, and those of us who have lived with this car have learned to appreciate its stellar features. Its a luxury vehicle in the true MB sense(not like the ML/GL SUV class), with a solid body for smooth quiet drives. Ours was loaded to the gills with almost every option, which is what we will really miss after the lease. I still get a kick every time I sit behind the wheel, knowing it is still a unique car that gets a lot of notice on the road.

    MBF is offering a buyout of around $29K, which includes all tax and fees. I started to negotiate with them, but the agent said they've already taken it down from the original residual, with no more room to go. It is a shame to let it go, since I only have around 19K miles on the odometer. My target is to get them down to under $22K, possibly even $20K, which would make it attractive when I calculate the total lease payment was only around $12K(really low mf and discounts in 2006 for a 27 months lease, and I used 1 pay lease to minimize my out of pocket cost).

    One concern I have about keeping this car is all the "gadgets" which will increase cost of ownership. I had no idea how expensive MB dealerships are until I paid $700+ for a "B" service, which is nothing more than an oil change with brake fluid recycle and tire rotation, along with the usual inspection and fluid top off.

    Any comments or suggestions on how to deal with MBF would be appreciated.
  • there clearly continues to be a disconnect with the person or persons at MBF who are authorized to quote reduced buyout prices and actual wholesale auction prices. I do not understand why MBF does not want to sell you that car for a couple thousand over what they should know they will get at auction.... their business model for lease turn ins would make sense if the cars went right to dealers and could be sold at higher retail prices but that doesnt happen here and even if it did, dealers dont want used Rs....

    It might be helpful to get the best price from MBF to offer cash - if MBF has to finance, they are looking at credit risk and tying up capital that they would rather use for new car sales....

    I think everyone calling MBF needs to push to speak to someone higher up the food chain than the basic leasing representative. I emailed them for payoff options yesterday from my MBF online account. Ill let you know what I hear when they respond....
  • cary28cary28 Posts: 53
    The leasing agent told me they've already taken $19K off the original lease reisdual value to arrive at the $26,800 buyout price. The car was fully loaded, and I think the original MSRP was over $65K.

    Its going to be tough walking away from so many toys built into this car!
  • they are trying to pull one over on you.....yes they already have significantly discounted the residual quite a bit but they KNEW that they were creating situations where the residuals would be much higher than actual market values when they discounted the capitalized cost of the lease by $10-16k 2 yrs ago. dont forget that residual values are based on msrp not the discounted capitalized cost. the reality is that this model didnt sell new and is selling even worse used...we are talking depreciation from msrp of around 60% in 2 years.

    we need to keep hitting them over the head with auction values...they have to make rational choices at some point....
  • mjf415mjf415 Posts: 5
    I called MBF today but they would not give me the October money factors. On Saturday I'm going to a few dealerships to check prices and lease offers. I'll post what happens then.
  • What's to prevent me from telling them I have 35,000 miles on the car when in fact it's only 20,000? Is there a pre- sale inspection or a mileage check? I guess what I'm asking is how to negotiate the deal by phone with MBF.
  • it looks like $25-26k for an above avg, low mileage, well optioned R500...so MBF SHOULD be quite happy to get $26-28k on a buyout regardless of what how much they have to discount your buyout.

    06' MB R500
    09/22/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $23,750 29,674 Avg PEWTER 8G A Yes
    09/22/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $23,250 23,955 Avg PEWTR 8G A Yes
    09/22/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $23,250 21,915 Avg PEWTER 8G A Yes
    09/22/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $23,000 25,979 Avg IRI SIL 8G A Yes
    09/22/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $23,000 21,479 Avg PEWTER 8G A Yes
    09/22/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $22,000 36,340 Avg IRI SIL 8G A Yes
    09/22/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $22,000 33,519 Avg IRI SIL 8G A Yes
    09/22/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $22,000 31,483 Avg BAR RED 8G A Yes
    09/22/08 MANHEIM Lease $26,000 17,409 Above IRI SIL 8G T Yes
    09/22/08 MANHEIM Lease $25,500 13,095 Above IRI SIL 8G A Yes
    09/22/08 MANHEIM Lease $24,750 44,076 Above CPR BLU 8G A Yes
    09/22/08 MANHEIM Lease $24,750 30,476 Above IRI SIL 8G A Yes
    09/24/08 W PALM Lease $24,500 22,338 Above IRI SIL 8G A Yes
    09/25/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $26,750 22,870 Above BLACK 8G A No
    09/26/08 MANHEIM Regular $24,000 43,784 Avg BLACK 8G A Yes
    09/26/08 MANHEIM Regular $23,900 39,491 Avg SILVER 8G A Yes
    09/30/08 FAAO Lease $23,500 29,026 Avg ALB WHT 8G A Yes
    09/30/08 DFW Lease $26,500 26,554 Above IRI SIL 8G A No
    09/30/08 DFW Lease $24,250 28,771 Avg PEWTR 8G A Yes
    09/30/08 BIG H Regular $23,900 35,976 Avg WHITE 8G A Yes
    10/01/08 SEATTLE Lease $24,750 20,739 Above OBS BLK 8G A Yes
    10/01/08 SAN ANTO Regular $25,800 29,676 Above PEWTER 8G A Yes
    10/01/08 SAN ANTO Regular $22,500 22,878 Avg TAN 8G A Yes
    10/01/08 NASHVILL Lease $24,500 27,550 Above IRI SIL 8G A Yes
    10/01/08 NASHVILL Lease $24,000 29,841 Avg PEWTR 8G A Yes
    10/01/08 NASHVILL Lease $24,000 21,799 Avg CPR BLU 8G A Yes
    10/01/08 NASHVILL Lease $23,750 30,637 Avg IRI SIL 8G A Yes
    10/01/08 NASHVILL Lease $23,000 25,408 Avg CPR BLU 8G A Yes
    10/01/08 NASHVILL Lease $22,500 32,530 Avg PEWTR 8G A Yes
    10/02/08 NEVADA Lease $22,000 42,736 Avg BLACK 8G A Yes
    10/02/08 MANHEIM Lease $26,750 28,748 Above IRI SIL 8G T No
    10/02/08 MANHEIM Lease $25,500 25,406 Above IRI SIL 8G T Yes
    10/02/08 MANHEIM Lease $25,500 9,954 Above BAR RED 8G T Yes
    10/03/08 MANHEIM Regular $22,750 40,226 Avg SILVER 8G A Yes
    10/06/08 AYCOCK Lease $24,600 10,943 Above GOLD 8G A Yes
    10/07/08 FAAO Lease $23,250 21,669 Avg CPR BLU 8G A Yes
    10/08/08 MILWAUKE Lease $26,000 8,230 Above IRI SIL 8G A Yes
    10/08/08 MILWAUKE Lease $24,000 24,820 Avg BLACK 8G A Yes
    10/08/08 MILWAUKE Lease $23,500 18,408 Avg ALP RAN 8G A Yes
    10/08/08 MILWAUKE Lease $23,250 19,430 Avg PEWTR 8G T Yes
    10/09/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $23,500 21,213 Avg ALB WHT 8G A Yes
    10/09/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $20,750 24,066 Below IRI SIL 8G A No
    10/15/08 NADE Regular $23,250 52,005 Avg Black 8G Yes
    10/15/08 ATLANTA Lease $23,000 25,163 Avg IRI SIL 8G A Yes
    10/15/08 ATLANTA Lease $22,750 28,218 Avg PEWTR 8G A Yes
    10/15/08 ATLANTA Lease $22,000 26,480 Avg PEWTR 8G A Yes
    10/15/08 ATLANTA Lease $21,500 28,370 Below ALP RAN 8G A Yes
    10/16/08 MANHEIM Lease $22,500 22,703 Avg PEWTR 8G T Yes
    10/16/08 MANHEIM Lease $21,750 34,684 Below CPR BLU 8G T Yes
    10/16/08 MANHEIM Regular $20,100 56,597 Below BLACK 8G Yes
    10/16/08 ATLANTA Regular $23,500 19,505 Avg SILVER 8G A Yes
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,675
    Usually, when you buy a car, the seller has to fill out an odometer statement. My guess is there might be a fly in the ointment somewhere along the line, if you do indeed purchase the car from them.

    But.. If I'm negotiating, and am asked for the mileage, I'd just say that it looks like I'll come in just under my allowance, without answering specifically. Maybe, they'd just assume a certain amount. Once you've agreed to a deal, then maybe no one will take notice.

    But, I certainly wouldn't lie about it. They may be able to extrapolate an approximate amount from your service records. I'd just be coy... and see what happens, first.

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • Hi - would you have R350 #'s available as well? I have an 06 R350 that will be due next month and I have been watching this site for awhile. I will post what I can negotiate. Thanks
  • Called in today. Rate is negotiable. Sounds like it's fixed out at 90 days. I got a very reasonable buyout rate. No inspection necessary. I cut a check and it's over. $27,648 out the door includes ALL fees and tax. $25,500 is base rate at maturity. 60% depreciation over 27 mos. Ouch!!
  • THAT IS GREAT NEWS. $25,500 is pretty much right were the price should be based on auction values right now. when is your 27 mo lease up?
  • When you say rate, are you talking about the interest rate or the $ buyout? How many miles did you have on the car? What interest rate did you get?

    Thanks.
  • lklein1lklein1 Posts: 24
    Can you tell me what you said or who you had to talk to get the buyout down? I will be calling one last time beginning of November. I will be a cash buyer so not concerned on interest rate. My lease is up Nov 21 and the people keep calling to schedule the inspection.
  • I emailed MB financial from my online account for lease end options and just got quoted a buyout of 27,459 incl taxes/fees. finance rate of 7.89% for 60mos. credit union rate is 5.75% for 60mos on used car.
  • lklein1lklein1 Posts: 24
    Okay I'm convinced MB Finacial hates me since my quote has been $28,900 NOT INCLUDING Taxes and Fees and I only have a measly little R350.
  • have you contacted them recently?? perhaps #s just got adjusted. i just got mine today...
  • lklein1lklein1 Posts: 24
    Okay, I just filled out the online request. Maybe that will give me a different answer.
  • I have an 06 R350 MSRP was $58,000. My lease is up the end of November and I have 30,000 miles. They offered $14,900 off the residual which makes it $23,500 and walking away for $25,200. I was hoping to purchase around $20,000, but I have only been paying $450/month for my lease with $0 down and 15K miles per year on a $58K car. I'm wondering if my residual is higher than most and that is why the price is what it is. I can't complain but I might not buy. I know that within the next year I will need new tires, brakes, and another service totally around $2,000. These vehicles continue to decline far too fast. I only wish my lease was up around January. I think the "cash incentive" will continue to rise...hopefully before my lease is up. Does anyone have the most recent auction numbers for the R350's? That would be greatly appreciated! Good luck everyone
  • residual value should not be affecting MB's buyout prices. they should be looking only at auction #s. some people will have gotten better deals than others depending on time of year, lease terms etc....the good news is that you feel like you got a great deal on your car for 24 months.

    sorry i dont have the most recent r350 #s. ill try to get them. based on #s that i previously posted, i think your negotiated price is still high. is this a recent # you got from them?
  • Yeah - today's numbers.
  • I found the auction numbers for the R350. Here is the website I pulled them from: http://www.mbworld.org/forums/showthread.php?p=3139798#post3139798

    06' MB R350
    10/22/08 W PALM Lease $24,750 21,410 Above BLACK 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 W PALM Lease $24,000 42,371 Above PEWTR 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 W PALM Lease $23,500 14,947 Above IRI SIL 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 W PALM Lease $23,000 20,016 Above ALB WHT 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 W PALM Lease $22,000 23,653 Avg ALB WHT 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 W PALM Lease $21,750 23,550 Avg ALP RAN 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 W PALM Lease $21,500 22,439 Avg PEWTR 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 W PALM Lease $21,250 21,572 Avg BLACK 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 W PALM Lease $21,000 23,773 Avg ALB WHT 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 W PALM Lease $20,600 41,983 Avg ALP RAN 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 W PALM Factory $18,500 25,214 Below PEWTR 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 SEATTLE Lease $20,000 21,053 Avg IRI SIL 6CY A Yes
    10/22/08 SAN ANTO Regular $23,100 32,892 Above BLUE 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 SAN ANTO Regular $22,900 19,761 Above GOLD 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 NADE Regular $21,650 24,721 Avg SILVER 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 NADE Regular $21,250 37,901 Avg Blue 6G N Yes
    10/22/08 MILWAUKE Lease $21,000 43,651 Avg DES SIL 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 MILWAUKE Regular $19,250 52,108 Below BLACK 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 MILWAUKE Lease $17,500 38,209 Below IRI SIL 6G A No
    10/22/08 CADE Lease $20,500 68,996 Avg SILVER 6G A Yes
    10/22/08 BAY CITI Regular $19,400 26,613 Avg BLUE 6G A Yes
    10/23/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $27,000 19,434 Above BLACK 6G A No
    10/23/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $26,000 18,065 Above OBS BLK 6G A No
    10/23/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $24,250 21,997 Above IRI SIL 6G A Yes
    10/23/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $24,000 19,253 Above IRI SIL 6G A Yes
    10/23/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $23,750 18,665 Above PEWTER 6G A Yes
    10/23/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $19,750 36,867 Avg BLACK 6G A Yes
    10/23/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $19,250 16,785 Below ALP RAN 6G A Yes
    10/23/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $18,000 27,797 Below BAR RED 6G A No
    10/23/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $18,000 25,372 Below PEWTER 6G A No
    10/23/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $17,250 32,509 Below DES SIL 6G A No
    10/23/08 AWS Regular $22,150 41,753 Avg Blue 6CY A Yes
    10/23/08 ATLANTA Regular $19,000 58,127 Below SILVER 6G A Yes
    10/24/08 MANHEIM Lease $22,000 7,062 Avg ALP RAN 6G T Yes
    10/24/08 MANHEIM Regular $21,600 49,607 Avg BLK/TAN 6G A Yes
    10/24/08 MANHEIM Regular $20,800 50,023 Avg WHT/TAN 6G A Yes
    10/24/08 MANHEIM Regular $20,750 16,477 Avg TAN 6G A Yes
    10/24/08 MANHEIM Lease $20,000 18,635 Avg OBS BLK 6G T Yes
    10/24/08 MANHEIM Lease $20,000 16,605 Avg ALP RAN 6G T Yes
    10/24/08 MANHEIM Lease $18,500 27,566 Below PEWTR 6G T Yes
    10/24/08 MANHEIM Regular $18,100 52,248 Below SLVR 6G A Yes
    10/27/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $21,000 17,023 Avg IRI SIL 6G A Yes
    10/27/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $21,000 13,921 Avg PEWTER 6G A Yes
    10/27/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $20,500 26,067 Avg ALB WHT 6G A Yes
    10/27/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $20,500 22,878 Avg ALP RAN 8G A Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $23,000 8,603 Above IRI SIL 6G T Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $22,500 21,207 Avg ALB WHT 6G T Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $22,500 20,715 Avg ALB WHT 6G T Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $22,500 13,837 Avg ALB WHT 6G T Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $21,750 10,117 Avg ALP RAN 6G T Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $21,500 25,557 Avg PEWTR 6G T Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $21,500 21,873 Avg IRI SIL 6G T Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $21,500 15,797 Avg ALB WHT 6G A Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $21,250 21,075 Avg BAR RED 6G T Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $20,750 22,493 Avg ALB WHT 6G T Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $20,750 21,982 Avg ALB WHT 6G T Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $20,500 21,303 Avg BAR RED 6G T Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $20,250 22,575 Avg BLACK 6G A Yes
    10/27/08 MANHEIM Lease $20,250 17,427 Avg IRI SIL 6G T Yes
    10/28/08 RIVRSIDE Lease $17,000 21,952 Below BLACK 6G A No
    10/28/08 DFW Lease $24,500 27,415 Above PEWTR 6G A Yes
    10/28/08 DFW Lease $22,750 27,501 Above CPR BLU 6G A Yes
    10/28/08 DFW Lease $22,750 23,277 Above BAR RED 6G A Yes
    10/28/08 DFW Lease $22,500 19,990 Avg DES SIL 6G A Yes
    10/28/08 DFW Lease $22,000 31,668 Avg BLACK 6G A Yes
    10/28/08 DFW Lease $21,750 24,478 Avg ALB WHT 6G A Yes
    10/28/08 DFW Lease $21,500 27,045 Avg DES SIL 6G A Yes
    10/28/08 DFW Lease $21,250 44,020 Avg ALP RAN 6G A Yes
    10/28/08 DFW Regular $17,000 88,252 Below WHITE 6G A Yes
    10/28/08 BIG H Regular $24,000 49,692 Above Silver 6G N No
    10/28/08 BIG H Regular $22,200 16,746 Avg White NON N Yes
    10/28/08 BIG H Regular $21,700 27,089 Avg Black NON N Yes
    10/28/08 BIG H Regular $21,700 27,024 Avg NONE NON N Yes
    10/29/08 SEATTLE Lease $23,250 17,478 Above BLACK 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 SEATTLE Lease $21,500 23,944 Avg ALP RAN 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 SEATTLE Lease $20,750 17,385 Avg BLACK 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 SEATTLE Lease $20,500 34,227 Avg IRI SIL 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 SEATTLE Lease $20,500 24,939 Avg ALP RAN 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 SEATTLE Lease $20,000 20,142 Avg OBS BLK 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 SEATTLE Lease $19,750 20,127 Avg LT BLUE 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 SEATTLE Lease $19,500 15,682 Avg IRI SIL 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 SEATTLE Lease $18,750 40,386 Below BAR RED 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 SEATTLE Lease $18,500 16,367 Below ALB WHT 6G A No
    10/29/08 SEATTLE Lease $17,500 36,752 Below BLACK 6G A No
    10/29/08 NASHVILL Lease $22,250 24,190 Avg SILVER 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 NASHVILL Lease $22,000 12,972 Avg PEWTR 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 NASHVILL Lease $21,500 19,184 Avg OBS BLK 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 NASHVILL Lease $20,750 20,511 Avg PEWTR 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 NASHVILL Lease $20,500 24,379 Avg ALP RAN 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 NASHVILL Lease $19,500 14,411 Avg BLK 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 NADE Regular $22,400 24,543 Avg BLK 6G Yes
    10/29/08 NADE Regular $21,500 32,775 Avg GREY 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 NADE Regular $20,000 42,998 Avg Gold 6G N Yes
    10/29/08 MILWAUKE Lease $23,750 23,569 Above BLACK 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 MILWAUKE Lease $19,750 19,894 Avg BLACK 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 MILWAUKE Lease $18,750 54,919 Below IRI SIL 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 MILWAUKE Lease $18,750 43,876 Below IRI SIL 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 MILWAUKE Lease $18,250 49,697 Below ALB WHT 6G A Yes
    10/29/08 MILWAUKE Lease $18,000 17,931 Below DES SIL 6G A No
    10/29/08 MILWAUKE Lease $17,500 25,485 Below CPR BLU 6G A No
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  • steve,

    thanks for pulling those r350 auction numbers from wendy. i didnt get a chance to get back over there....

    as you can see, your buyout quote is right in line with the wholesale values for R350s.

    What does not make sense is why anyone would spend that much for the 350 when the 500 can be had for another $1-2k....i would have expected that the R500 would be more desired now that it is no longer imported into the U.S. Not to say that the 350 isnt a good car, but the 500 never lacks for power even when pulling its 5000lbs around town or at speeds in excess of 80mph.....I really do not understand how anyone could choose a big luxury SUV over this car....the infinity and lexus cannot hold a candle to the ride or performance and the R has nearly as much interior volume.
  • To answer the above I called the 800 number listed on the website for MB finance. I told the lease rep that I was going to buy a different R500 from another dealer unless she could convince me not to. I complained about my residual. She asked for milage and I told her I took a dealer demo with 6000 miles and added the allowed 27k miles over the lease term. She said $25,500 not including tax. This was quoted just under 3 months out. There is no final inspection. I just cut a check. I don't know if my mile estimate had an impact on the price but I really only have a total of 20k miles on it. I think this is a great deal and will go for it. Only road block is high maintenance wife who wants a Q7.
  • fq1fq1 Posts: 47
    Time for a new wife ...one that wants a Ferrari! :)
  • In Oct my payoff quote was $23,500 for my 2006 R350. I just spoke to MB today and they said the incentive has gone down and my payoff would be $25,400. But they would still honor the first quote from October. Has anyone else called recently? Are you getting the same info? Thanks.
  • it seems strange that the 350 payoff would go up $2k...i just got off the phone with a rep at MBF who was very helpful. he did state that the prices did just go up by a few hundred dollars on the 500. he indicated that MBF will "never" sell at true wholesale - presumably this would too greatly undercut their dealers selling used cars at retail. and probably takes into account that most people either dont know about buying at auction and/or dont know how to get someone to buy for them since most of us are not used car dealers. That said, MBF sells above wholesale and below retail off lease - this makes sense since (1) they already should have made money on the lease and (2) since non MB dealers buy at auction, why would they want to forgo selling cars for just above auction prices rather than taking less at auction and just having a fraction of those cars going to their dealers. I still do not understand why MBF does not sell or floorplan off lease cars directly to their dealers that want them (or maybe they do....). The other point is that MBF would prefer that off lease customers lease a new MB and not buy their off lease vehicle - ideally off lease vehicles get marketed to a lower economic demographic.

    In any event, i got offered a cash price of $26,275 inc. tax (with no remaining lease payments). My lease has two more months so i am going to wait and gamble that the price will go down a bit more. i cannot see auction prices increasing in the winter given continued economic turmoil and the fear of higher taxes and a deeper recession in '09.
  • MB financial finally came down from the original reduced $28,900 buyout for my R350 to $24,125. I am going to go ahead and buy it. I know I could do better at auction and actually have a friend who could buy for me, but I like all the options my car has and since i just had a baby last week I don't feel like dinkin' around to save a few thousand more. I'm totally conent on what my total out of pocket for all lease payments and purchase price is for the car. Thanks to everyone who provided info on getting the deal done.
  • still a great price for this car all things considered.
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