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Old 12-21-2013, 06:50 PM   #26
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There is value in a relationship that's for sure. I have bought 3 MB's from the same dealer and usually get within dollars of what I think is the best deal. However, the 2013 GL350 was different. They told me the car is at sticker, minus my fleet discount. Non-negotiable since they only had one GL350 allocation remaining. If I wanted to let the market settle, we could negotiate. I'm not sure the market has settled yet on these GL350's.
I had a hard time negotiating for my 2013 GL350 as well, its my 3rd mb from the same dealer but they were not willing to negotiate that much.
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:28 PM   #27
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There is value in a relationship that's for sure. I have bought 3 MB's from the same dealer and usually get within dollars of what I think is the best deal. However, the 2013 GL350 was different. They told me the car is at sticker, minus my fleet discount. Non-negotiable since they only had one GL350 allocation remaining. If I wanted to let the market settle, we could negotiate. I'm not sure the market has settled yet on these GL350's.
Same deal here- I only got a fleet discount on my 14 GL 350. When I bought my 09 GL bluetec, I was able to get $16 k off msrp!
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:01 PM   #28
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That's because you have built a relationship with the dealership and you're a repeat customer with multiple purchases, i.e. they make money off of you each time. Not every one can make purchases of 27 new cars in their lifetime, or even more than 2-3 from the same dealer. Some people just
can't afford to go through cars every few years with the latest model, so
unfortunately I don't think dealers can do this just for everyone.
You are correct to a certain point…..however, a dealer can do whatever he wants for any and all customers and I don't think my dealer treats me any differently than any other customer who walks in with the same set of data and attitude….at the end of the month its the bottom line that counts. It matters not whether its an S class or a GL450 or 350 …. its the gross take for the month and what helps the most is the reputation he builds with the public. And, by the way…..some of those 27 were Dodge Darts, AMC Gremlins, etc….. costing around 2K brand new, buying only what I could afford not what I could finance…… I could not afford the MB line until many, many years later. The beginning of this thread was about the hard time being had with the dealer…….for me, it would have been "goodbye." I won't spend time with a dealer like that. I bought a 2007 GL450 when they first came out…. "hard to get" they said, I wanted the "off road package" …"Special order option" they said…. etc. etc. but they were still willing to discount the vehicle by 1200 bucks….not much,but something….a willing dealer! Yes… I got even a better discount on the 2nd one, and a bigger one on the 3rd. Actually the discounts were rolled into the trade values of the trades……its all a game, but the "hard nose" guys don't win loyal customers.
In fact, MB has been using my dealer as a model for others as to how to build a "customer base."
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:12 PM   #29
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So does anyone know how much over invoice their Costco pricing was for a GL350? I just checked on the Costco site and apparently the GL350 is no longer even eligible....weird? We placed our order way back when 2014s weren't even out yet, so not sure if that mattered...anyway, interested to hear what others have experienced. Thanks!
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:24 PM   #30
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So does anyone know how much over invoice their Costco pricing was for a GL350? I just checked on the Costco site and apparently the GL350 is no longer even eligible....weird? We placed our order way back when 2014s weren't even out yet, so not sure if that mattered...anyway, interested to hear what others have experienced. Thanks!
My dealer looked up in their book, and showed that Costco does not offer anything for GL350. I was able to get $3k + fleet discount for GL350.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:03 PM   #31
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How exactly does one get a fleet discount?

I ran the members for my 350 on USAA website and it came up with $2902 off msrp, thats including $2000.

Need to know quick as car will be here in a few days
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:21 PM   #32
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How exactly does one get a fleet discount?

I ran the members for my 350 on USAA website and it came up with $2902 off msrp, thats including $2000.

Need to know quick as car will be here in a few days
Unfortunately, the dealer is only obligated to give you the $2k off if u read the fine print. My dealer would not give me any additional off. However, I went with my local dealership because they got my car faster than anyone else could and they offer a lot of perks (loaner Mercedes, car washes, airport shuttles, etc)
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:11 AM   #33
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I agreed to a 6% discount, which brought the price to about the published invoice amount, which I imagine does not fully disclose the real revenue to the dealership for selling a $100K car. I'm usually very tough on purchase price, but this car is still in demand and limited production supply, so this price represented little more than defraying the "drive off" and lease inception costs so I wasn't out of pocket for the first 30 days. Good enough for my purposes and we wanted the SUV in the driveway, ready to go into service as our snow taxi, not waiting till the spring to perhaps grind a better deal by another thou or so.
Given how poorly the details fit together in the 2014 GL 550, I'm pretty sure this one won't be in our hands too long and I do expect to replace it with the mid-life update, which I trust will bring fixes to all the various foibles of this model.
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:26 AM   #34
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That's a decent deal. Can you pls elaborate on what you mean by "how poorly the details fit together in the 2014 GL 550"
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Old 12-24-2013, 09:32 PM   #35
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there are multiple methods to get the fleet discount, American Medical Association, USAA, perhaps Costco in some locations, I personally get fleet through my employer - a large computer company.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:44 AM   #36
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Limited allocation for 2014

I have been dealing with 3 dealers in the Atlanta area, and apparently MB USA has cut down allocations for 2014 by 1500 units (for all GL models, not just the 350). This is in response to 1500+ GLs beings exported last year. So discounts are much harder to come along, but consider that you are still paying 30-40% less than Europeans do
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:15 AM   #37
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Took delivery of the GL350 on Saturday.
Only 3 were on the truck for the Raleigh area all were pre sold.

Ill get a chance to drive it today, I hope!
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:53 PM   #38
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I contacted dealers in CA., CO., Texas on 2014 GL 350 BT. No discounts from any of dealers. Inquired about GL 450. MSRP was $80,500, paid $74,000. Ordered in November and will arrive Jan.15th. Really wanted 350 BT but did the math and at today's diesel and premium fuel prices, driving 15m miles per year, and considering 25 mpg BT and 19 450 I think I calculated break even at 5 or 6 years. I don't keep a car that long so I decided to go with GL450. Also, the build date was out in February for a 350 BT if I would have ordered one. That is my recent experience for what it's worth.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:33 PM   #39
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I just ordered a GL550 today for delivery in March. The local dealer would not negotiate below the $2000 USAA. I got $5,500 off by ordering from a dealer 3 hours away.
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I bought the 550, custom ordered through costco-dealer in chicago land area. Costco deal is 1500 above invoice for all 2014 GL. Keep in mind that fleet program CAN BE combined to sweetened the deal. I use the AMA fleet program. My final price: $500 below invoice for a customed 550.
I am very interested in your experience of combining costco and AMA fleet discounts. Was you dealing with a fleet department manager or a regular salesperson? Thanks.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:59 AM   #41
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I am very interested in your experience of combining costco and AMA fleet discounts. Was you dealing with a fleet department manager or a regular salesperson? Thanks.
I have inquired about the Costco pricing again because I was told the discount was $2500 above invoice, contrary to the poster who said $1500. Well, it turns out that $2500 is the correct number and unfortunately the Costco discount doesn't even apply anymore to GLs. You can go to the Costco Auto website and see for yourself. Pretty amazing how in demand these cars are....
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I have inquired about the Costco pricing again because I was told the discount was $2500 above invoice, contrary to the poster who said $1500. Well, it turns out that $2500 is the correct number and unfortunately the Costco discount doesn't even apply anymore to GLs. You can go to the Costco Auto website and see for yourself. Pretty amazing how in demand these cars are....
I have not talked numbers yet but my dealer (in SoCA) mentioned that he would honor costco deal. But I am talking about GL450 (350 may be in higher demand)
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I am very interested in your experience of combining costco and AMA fleet discounts. Was you dealing with a fleet department manager or a regular salesperson? Thanks.
It's the fleet manager.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:56 PM   #44
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I think it all depends on the dealer and what level of volume/allocation they churn. I have a GL550 on order, built to my spec, and with barely any effort on my part got 5.5% off MSRP (in this case approx $5,600 discount). This is my second vehicle with this sales rep and dealership, and he's their Internet sales consultant. Also just found out today my car is out of production, got the VIN, and told to expect delivery within next 2 weeks. Ordered at the end of November and got lucky that my dealer had a first decade January build allocation still open to mod at the time.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:57 AM   #45
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It really depends on where you are. I posted before that in NJ you can get $4K off MSRP on a 550 and I am often being told that if I were shopping for a 450 the deals would be even better as the supply is less restricted.
Hello. Is this $4k discount at any dealership in NJ?
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