After a few days of digging around and answering questions regarding the 2009 Mercedes E350s, I think we’ve pretty much come down to one conclusion. The E350 is the Deal of the Month. You will not be able to find yourself a car that retails for nearly $60k for around $600 anywhere (with just inception fees). So why is this happening? $10,000 rebate that you can use on a lease. The lease rates are pretty decent too! 48% 46% residual at 10k, 47% 45% at 12k and 45% 43% at 15k miles per year. The money factor is a reasonable .00165, which breaks down to about 3.96% APR. Not fantastic, but good enough to make the deal work. I know $600 and change is a bit steep for most people, but if you are shopping around for any vehicle in the $50k-$60k range, rest assure that you will pay a heck of a lot more than the E350. You got 10 days this time (unlike the super late CLK post I made. LOL. Sorry about that!) Go ahead and inquire with your local dealers about the E350 because you have nothing to lose. So Cal residents, you know you can count on Aaron McCroskey to give you the proper information, so be sure to hit him up for some quotes. Now here’s a quick guide as to what you need to have done BEFORE you call/email him.
- Color and options! If its not in the lot or anywhere to be found, he can’t help you. 09 E350s are out of production already, so grab them while you can!
- Sale price and MSRP. You know how to use Edmunds, so use it. Make sure you have a sale price offer.
- Crunch your numbers! you know the money factor, residual values and you got my calculator. Plug it in and see what you get so there aren’t any huge surprises later.
- Don’t negotiate payments please. sale price, sale price, sale price. negotiate that.
- Inception fees should be pretty standard, if you see something funky, question it. Like the “training fee” I heard about this week…if they can’t explain it, it shouldn’t be there.
Do this with ALL dealers, not just Aaron, Dave, Michael or David. This saves everyone time and agony. Trust me, it really helps.
Other Southwest residents (Las Vegas and Phoenix) might want to hit up Aaron too if your local dealer’s fees are ridiculously high. If you are not within reasonable range of So Cal, you can try finding one using my Yahoo! Autos affliate.
Now, a special treat for those 2010 E-Class fans! The Convertible! Courtesy of WorldCarFans.com