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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Lease Questions



  • madmarlinmadmarlin Posts: 29
    Got you covered ocautoseeker. I knew all of the terms, just wasn't sure on the overall calulation. Got it now. Knew I was missing somehting. Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.
  • madmarlinmadmarlin Posts: 29
    Quick question OC.

    In your explanation, you say to multiply the MF by 2400 to get an approx. interest rate. On the Bluetec Diesel for March it was posted as .00225, which would equate to an approx. interest of 5.4%. If I do the calc based on the March info and assume a cap cost of $52,000 and a term of 36 months I get:

    52,000 X 55% = 28,600
    52,000 - 28,600 = 23,400
    23,400 / 36 = 650
    (52,000 + 28,600) X .00225 = 181.35
    650 + 181.35 = 831.35

    Now, If I were to assume that I could make a lump sum for the depreciation of $23,400 and amortize over 36 months at 5.4% (the approx rate) I come up with a payment of only $705.53. To get to the payment of $831.35, the actual assumed interest rate is approx. 16.75%. That is based on amortizing the depreciation of $23,400 over 36 months (Assume you were to bouy a car for $23,400 and pay it off over 36 months, to equate to a monthly payment of $831.35, you would basically be getting charged 16.75% by the bank). Is there something amiss in the above calulcation?

    At a payment of $831.35, you are paying a total of $29,928.60 when you are theortically using $23,400 of the value of the car. Total interest is $6,528.60. At $705.53, you are paying a total of $25,399.08, so total interest is $1,999.08.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,817
    In your comparison, you are paying the depreciation in one lump sum.. What you fail to do in that scenario is account for financing the residual amount ($28,600).

    When you lease a car, you are borrowing the whole amount, not just the depreciated portion... Even if you paid the entire depreciation upfront, you'd still owe a finance charge each month.. In this case:

    $28,600 (cap cost) + $28,600 (residual) X .00225 MF = $128.70 per month...

    Hope that helps..


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  • madmarlinmadmarlin Posts: 29

    i understand what you are saying. the one fundamental problem I've always had with leases is the concept of paying interest on the residual. The residual theoretically represents the value of the car at the end of the lease. When you turn it in, that should represent what the dealer could then sell it for to a new buyer. At that point, they would then charge interest on that value to the new buyer. By also charing interest to the lessee, they have, in effect, double charged the interest and recorded more profit. That is whay the actual interest rate I arrived at is 16.75% when you strictly look at the value the lessee is supposedly deriving from the car over the term of the lease.

    Not saying leasing is bad, by any means. there are deals to be had and you can always work a better one. there are other factors, too, that make leasing more attractive than buying. But the rates can be a bit harsh when viewed pragmatically in comparison to the value derived.

    With all that said, i still want to try to work a lease deal on a new Bluetec, potentially. We'll see what happens.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,817
    Leasing is simpler than that...

    First... the dealer does nothing but sell the car to a bank.. what happens when the lease is done really has no effect on your deal.

    In essence, you are taking out a loan for the full amount of the selling pricee, and paying the loan down to the residual, at which time you sell the car for what you owe on it (actually turning it in, but the same concept).

    There is no double interest or additional profit. It is no different than if you bought the car, then sold it to a private party after 3 years.

    But, leasing isn't for everyone!



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  • mynextcarmynextcar Posts: 30
    I am considering E350 lease or purchase. I see a couple of people mentioned about $2000 lease money but in Edmund incentive section, it also lists $2000 marketing support apply for all E classes. Since MB also offering 0.9%APR, would it be better to lease or buy the car? I drive only 10k annually.
  • ocautoseekerocautoseeker Posts: 425
    How long do you "realistically" want to keep the vehicle?
  • mynextcarmynextcar Posts: 30
    I will keep this car for at least 5 years.
  • jackk1jackk1 Posts: 9
    I am looking at a 2008 E63 Retail Price 95440, cap cost 86940 and I have been told two different MF and Residual values from two dealerships.
    I am looking at a 27 month 15k mi. per year lease.
    .00150 and .62 and .00120 and .59 are the two I was quoted.
    What are the real numbers from Mercedes Financial?
  • peteropnypeteropny Posts: 15
    We don't usually lease cars. But with the deals that are around, we decided to lease - our deal 2008 MB E350-4matic - white, tan MB tex, P1, Ipod, Panorama Roof, Wood Steering Wheel, "Natural Wood Trim", Sport Package - $58,220 list - Lease deal (10k miles per year - $585 monthly payment - 27 months (1st month paid by MB/dealer) - residual of $36,600 - $0 down) - so if we bought the car at the end of the lease the total cost is $51,810. We figure that this is "free financing" with the option to change cars if we want in 27 months or if the value then is lower than residual, there is a possibility of paying less than the residual on the buy then. We'll pick up the car on Tues or Wed.
  • calbear05calbear05 Posts: 6
    Hey guys,

    Is this a good deal?
    2008 E350
    Sport Package
    Panoramic Roof
    Ipod Kit
    Window Blinds
    Electronic trunk closer
    MSRP: 60540
    Selling: 55300
    MF: .00085
    Residual: 64%, 10,000 miles/year
    Monthly $750 with CA tax

  • shawn757shawn757 Posts: 156
    I was offered $8000 below MSRP last month in california. I Think it's still available. If the dealer is willing you should get it.
  • topgun7topgun7 Posts: 412
    "If I do the calc based on the March info and assume a cap cost of $52,000 and a term of 36 months I get:

    52,000 X 55% = 28,600 "

    this part of the calculation is not correct. The residual is based on MSRP not your cap cost (so if the MSRP is 56000. The residual is 56000x55%)...

    "$28,600 (cap cost) + $28,600 (residual) X .00225 MF = $128.70 per month... "

    Kyfdx, this calculation is not correct.. the original one is the correct way to calculate the rent (or the finance cost) ...

    Also don't forget to roll your acquisition cost and dealer doc fee either into the lease or the upfront payment.

    I think this information from will help...

    (Cap Cost – Residual Value) / Term = Depreciation
    (Cap Cost + Residual Value) X Money Factor = Interest
    Depreciation + Interest = Base Monthly Payment
  • mynextcarmynextcar Posts: 30
    Thank you. Sounds like you made a pretty good deal. I too, never lease a car so a little reluctant to go with lease but given the market condition this time, it may make more sense to lease.
  • ocautoseekerocautoseeker Posts: 425
    Kyfdx knew what he was doing, he just accidentally plugged the cap cost in as the residual by accident. He's a smart car guy and I can vouch that it was simply a typo.
  • ocautoseekerocautoseeker Posts: 425
    Tough call - Mercedes has "incented" the deals from both a finance and lease perspective. My advice would be... if this is your first experience with this particular vehicle, I'd take advantage of a lease to see if you like the car. Plus the fact that you drive so few miles/year makes you an excellent leasing candidate and keeps the vehicle within warranty for the duration of the lease.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,817
    Actually.... my point was.. ;) if you pay all the depreciation upfront, then your net cap cost is the same as the residual... and you'll still have a monthly payment..

    The biggest misconception about the finance charge is that it only applies to the amount of depreciation, when in fact, you are borrowing the whole car, not just the part you use up..


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  • sonnussonnus Posts: 1
    What are the current Residual/MF numbers for the E320 Bluetec.
    Also, are there any hidden (dealer) incentives on these cars right now?

  • ocautoseekerocautoseeker Posts: 425
    '08 Mercedes E320 BlueTec Sedan
    24 M – Residual 65% – .00150
    36 M – Residual 55% – .00225
    48 M – Residual 46% – .00225
    60 M – Residual 42% – .00330

    Posted residuals are indicative of 15k annual miles. Add 2% for 12k, add 3% for 10k.

    Finance Special:
    1.9% APR (terms up to 72 months)

    Hope that helps.

    Btw - diesel was $5.09/gal in SoCal today (ouch!)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,817
    Btw - diesel was $5.09/gal in SoCal today (ouch!)

    Still sunny and high '70s, though, I bet.. ;)


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  • ocautoseekerocautoseeker Posts: 425
    Funny you should mention that - the past three day we've had thunderstorms, heavy rain, hail and even had two twisters touch down that flipped over some rail cars. Some weird wx, no doubt!

    Got three rounds of golf in last week though, when it was sunny and 95 (nice breeze though)! :D
  • jackk1jackk1 Posts: 9
    I am trying to close a deal on a 2008 E63 and I really need to know what the real numbers are for May. I am getting very different numbers from 2 dealers. I want to do 27mo. 15k/yr. Someone please tell me the MF and Residual numbers for that vehicle from Mercedes Financial. If anyone has leased one this month it would be great to know what your MSRP, cap cost, MF, Residual, payment and tax rate are.

    Thank you.
  • ocautoseekerocautoseeker Posts: 425
    Here are MBC's numbers for May on an E63 AMG lease with 15k annual miles. Be sure and have them factor in the $2000 MFD incentive when negotiating your cap cost.

    24 M -- Residual 59% -- .00100
    27 M -- Residual 59% -- .00120
    36 M -- Residual 50% -- .00175

    The cap cost you mentioned ($86,940) in your previous post looks very aggressive. If you opt for the 27m/15k term, you'll be around $1300/mo + tax. Standard drive off costs will apply.

    Hope this helps...
  • jackk1jackk1 Posts: 9
    Thank you very much. What is MFD? Mercedes Financial D?
  • ocautoseekerocautoseeker Posts: 425
    MFD = Manufacturer-to-Dealer (cash), 'aka' marketing support, 'aka' trunk money as dealer's will so refer to it.

    In this case, there is $2000 on the table (dealer does NOT have to share this with you), but he most-likely will pass it along to you in the form of a cap cost reduction if you let him know that you're aware of it.

    Good Luck!
  • jhujbjhujb Posts: 1
    I was offered by one current E350 mercedes owner to take over/ transfer his lease to my name. The offer was as follows;
    Lease ends March 2009.
    The seller pay the changeover fee to MB Financial...
    $0 down.
    Monthly payment = $480.03/month including sales tax
    Residual $39,272 (plus $595 turn-in fee if not purchased)
    11,000 miles remaining through March 2009
    $500 cash incentive up front.

    Is it good deal? What should I ask him more?
  • ocautoseekerocautoseeker Posts: 425
    Yeah - that looks like a really good deal, especially since the current lessee will pay the assumption fees. You only have 9 months left to drive that car, though. What are you planning on doing at lease-end?
  • commexcommex Posts: 2
    I just recently bought a new Mercedes Benz 2008 E350. Came with Cognac Leather, Black, P2 package, iPod integration, Burl Walnut, and Sport package for an MSRP of $58500. Got it at $53500 and now paying $742/mo with $3500 down incl taxes and everything for 33 months. This is in Florida. Did I get a good deal? I also contacted regency leasing after I bought it just to see what they could give me and they said $740/mo with $1800 down but that seems to good to be true as I got it $3000 below sticker, just wondering if I got a good deal.
  • topccktopcck Posts: 1
    I would be careful about assuming a lease for the following reasons. All responsibilty is transferred to you. If the car needs tires or has excessive w/t when you turn it back you will get billed. Also, if the car has been in an accident and upon turn in inspection they find something wrong, you would get stuck with the bill. Also, any aftermarket changes to the car could trigger a bill to you at lease end.

    It can be a good way to get a short-term lease with no money down. Check as they have thousands of people trying to get out of their leases. Again, I would use caution because if the car messed up in any way you could be stuck. There are inspection companies that you could hire to look the car over before you assume the lease. You can find them on the internet.
  • calbear05calbear05 Posts: 6
    Signed the deal today...what do you think?

    2008 E350
    AMG Package
    Panoramic Roof
    Rear Window Blinds
    Electronic Trunk Closer
    MSRP 61370
    7500 miles/yr
    27 months
    $650/month including 8.5% CA tax
    $1200 drive off - First month, Tags/Title, Doc fees
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