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Old 09-03-2017, 02:55 PM
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2015 E350 4MATIC - Keep, or let it go?

My car is coming off its 6 month lease in December and I am trying to decide whether to write the $595 check and drop it off, or write the $36,000 check and buy it.

I have about 29K miles on it now and it's been absolutely flawless. The only time it goes to the dealer is for the regularly scheduled, wallet-emptying services.

The damn low-prifile tires have popped, three times, from potholes, however. That really annoys me. It's the only thing about the car that I truly hate!!! If I did keep it, I would surely dump the AMG rims and get "normal" ones, wth regular profile tires.

I called MB finance and asked if they would negotiate the residual buy out and was told, "No, we do not do that!" I called my dealer and asked them, if they would help and was ignored. Obviously, they want to lease me another car. Well, that is NOT going to happen.

When I bought my 2008 E350 at lease end, they both offered me a lower price, than the residual. The dealer was almost $3,500 less!!! I bought it through them.

I guess I'm trying to decide if it's worth $36K here in the Phila suburbs to buy it off-lease.

And, if so - what would it cost to get the extended warranty, too?

Looking for any/ all thoughts about this. Thanks, everyone!

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Old 09-03-2017, 11:20 PM
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It's your decision if you have a better car in mind to replace it. Remember the new E300 are turbo 4 cylinders. You will have to jump to E400 to get v6.

I recently purchased a CPO 2015 E350 last month with around 27k mileage for $37500 with lighting package, parktronics, and lane keep assist package. Yes, I also have the AMG wheel like you do. Guess I have to watch out for dips and pot holes here in LA.

Your car has the 4matic which accelerate even faster than mine and useful in the winter.

Can't help you on the extended warranty as I'm still debating to see if I want to buy it or not. Have to decide by before the original factory warranty run out to buy extended warranty from MBUSA. Dealer offer me around $2695 for 2 more years of unlimited miles (7 years) when I bought the car. Since I only drive around 4k-5k a year, this is why I have doubt I need it or not.
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What I'm trying to figure out is, if the car is worth buying at the residual price.

If I don't buy it, I'll turn it in. I'm not leasing another one. I'm at the point now where I am done with endless lease payments. I'm not sure what I would buy, if I do not buy this one, though. That's not a concern right now.
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This is a general estimation that I used.
https://www.kbb.com/whats-my-car-worth/
Select all the options your car has, and select excellent since you said it's flawless. Click on trade in to dealer and sell it to private party prices to see both prices. I really doubt anyone can get the private party prices. Check MBUSA for their CPO prices of their inventory also as a comparison to get a idea.

The cpo car I bought was in between the trade in to dealer price and sell it to private party price. I consider my self got a fair deal, not a steal. Dealer got to make a markup to cover their overhead plus the price for 1 additional year of warranty.

Good luck!
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Right now the ball is in their court and they don't want to play nice. In 5-6 months, it's your turn. They will be looking at taking in another off lease vehicle and what to do with it. Then it would behoove them to make a deal. It would make sense for you to tell them to take it and shove it up their @$$, or maybe work out something if you decide you really like the car, but not at the current finances. In the meantime, keep looking around and by that time, hopefully you figured out what you want or they decide to play a bit nicer. Good luck.
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Yeah, but I don't think it's really up to the dealer. It's MB USA that owns them and they're the ones that take the hit when the residual is too high. What typically ends up happening is that the owner turns them in at the end of the lease and MB ends up auctioning the car off and it ends up for sale for less than the residual. But it seems like they usually don't play ball, they just wait for you to turn the car in and they either hope you buy or lease a new one, at least that seems to happen in a few threads where this came up. There's also nadaguide.com and black book.

https://www.thinkbank.com/black-book/
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Right... it's MBUSA who owns the car. They were willing to negotiate the buy-out on my 2008, when it came off lease. For whatever reason, they are NOT willing to do so on this car. Since my lease is not up until December, perhaps they will be more willing to negotiate around that time. Because, if they are not - they are getting the car back.

What I do not know is, even with a $36,500 residual, what's their actual cost? They may have less exposure and can dump it, without going upside-down. Hence, no reason to negotiate with me.
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