2012-13 Mercedes Benz Lease Rates – July 2012

Very minor changes this month. You probably won’t notice much. Slight bump in MF here and a reduction there, but that’s about it. With my C250 coupe calculation below, I am going to go with invoice. However, I do feel that going under it should not be terribly difficult. On a side note, the C sedan does get $1000 in loyalty cash, so that might be an incentive for those of you willing to go with a 4-door instead of two.

Here is a sample calculation based on TrueCar’s Southern California sale price and do not include local taxes. Please note that your dealer calculations may vary due to local fees/taxes.

2012 Mercedes C250 2dr Coupe
MSRP – $38,095
Sale Price – $36,190
Monthly – $455+ tax
RWG Rating – 85.2

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2012 Mercedes C300 4matic Sport 4dr Sedan
36 Month – Residual 56% of MSRP – .00094 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes C250 Sport 4dr Sedan
36 Month – Residual 57% of MSRP – .00132 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes C250 2dr Coupe
36 Month – Residual 64% of MSRP – .00210 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes C350 2dr Coupe
36 Month – Residual 64% of MSRP – .00210 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes C350 4matic 2dr Coupe
36 Month – Residual 64% of MSRP – .00210 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes CL550 4matic 2dr Coupe
36 Month – Residual 48% of MSRP – .00210 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes CLS550 4matic 4dr Sedan
36 Month – Residual 51% of MSRP – .00145 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes E350 Sport 4matic 4dr Sedan
36 Month – Residual 51% of MSRP – .00131 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes E350 2dr Coupe
36 Month – Residual 58% of MSRP – .00210 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes E350 4matic 2dr Coupe
36 Month – Residual 58% of MSRP – .00210 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes E350 2dr Convertible
36 Month – Residual 58% of MSRP – .00210 Base Rate
2012 Mercedes GL450 4matic
36 Month – Residual 55% of MSRP – .00140 Base Rate

24 Month – Residual 68% of MSRP – .00140 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes GLK350 4matic
36 Month – Residual 53% of MSRP – .00114 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes ML350 4matic
36 Month – Residual 54% of MSRP – .00150 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes ML350 BLUETEC
36 Month – Residual 60% of MSRP – .00210 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes R350 4matic
36 Month – Residual 52% of MSRP – .00210 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes S550 4matic
36 Month – Residual 49% of MSRP – .00114 Base Rate

2012 Mercedes SLK350 Convertible
36 Month – Residual 52% of MSRP – .00145 Base Rate

2013 Mercedes SL550 Convertible
36 Month – Residual 55% of MSRP – .00210 Base Rate

23 thoughts on “2012-13 Mercedes Benz Lease Rates – July 2012

  1. Hi Guys,

    I currently have a 2009 c300 lease that is due in a few months. Fully loaded with p2+amg with only 19k miles. MBZ Long Beach contacted me and offered to take 4 remaining payments, waive turn in fee, wouldn’t pay upcoming dmv on it (39m lease) and offered me this below…

    2012 E 350 w/ p2+amg wheel pckg+rear spoiler+Sport package+lane tracking pckg with msrp $59,725 for $50,800. ~14.9% discount it looks like. Lease for 24 months at 522.27+tax in CA=$567.97 monthly payment. w/ $2000 OTD down (1st months payment+tax+dmv lic,etc)

    What do you think G…or anyone else?

    • I like it. It looks like MB is trying to move these E350s. Did you qualify for any special incentives? 14.9% and awesome discount.

      • getting $2000 manufacture money and $1500 loyalty for a total of $3500. Couldn’t combine with conquest of $3k thats out there. So its either $3500 vs $3000. Also supposedly with $3k conquest, you can’ then do lease pull forward.

        Do you know residuals for 10k miles & 7500 miles for 2012 e350 & 2012 e350 bluetechs at 24 months / 30 months / 33 months?


  2. Are there any rates for AMG models? Specifically I’m interested in money factor and residual for C63 sedan and E63 sedan. Zip code 30305 in case any geographical variances. Thanks.

    • I realize “this website does not take requests,” but are there EVER published lease rates for AMG cars? I haven’t seen any posted here. This is a general question.

      • I used to get the entire lineup for MB and BMW. If you roll back to early 2011 or late 2010, AMG models were included. Now, not so much. I post everything that’s provided to me so there’s isn’t a need for me to take requests. A lot of folks also think this blog is a business, it is not. I started blogging because I wanted to lease a G37 and it was a pain in the rear trying to find a source that had some reliable numbers. To an extent, it still is hard to get some solid numbers, but I do feel my commitment to this blog has helped save folks thousands of dollars in the past 4 years I have been blogging which puts a smile to my face. Anyway, sorry I don’t have the info you are looking for.

        • G, please realize that I (along with many others) appreciate the information you’re offering here. Dealers often are reluctant to give MFs and resid figures, preferring the LOW MONTHLY PAYMENTS! method of sales. So when there’s a reliable source for MFs and resids, it’s understandable that folks like me can seem demanding when asking for figures 🙂

          For obvious reasons, favorable lease figures can lead one to purchase one vehicle over another. BMW in particular seems to use its bank as an extension of the marketing department. I’m just interested in getting figures and crunching numbers without having to waste time (mine and theirs) with a salesman and finance manager.

          But again, thank you for providing what is really an excellent site. Nice layout too.

  3. Im getting close to closing on a 2012 E350 Coupe. Im in NC

    36months/15k yr
    MSRP – $61,154
    Selling Price – $55,000
    MF – .00130 (MSD w/ autopay)
    Residual – 58%
    $1500 down (letting the dealer use my deposit for money down)

    Payment: $656 w/ NC tax

    How does it sound?? Also G..do you have the 24 or 30 month residuals? Im thinking about making this a 24 month lease.

    • I was offered and more and more people talking about 24 month leases. Why…isn’t it much more expensive for shorter term lease?

    • Allen. Looks pretty good to me. I like your discount and the Residual/MF combo works well. Changing the lease to 24 month will change the MF and Residual, so you may have to consult with your dealer. I don’t have that information.

  4. I was quoted $599/mth for a 2012 E350 12k miles (includes tire and maintenance packages). MSRP $60K; my cost $53K.

    Is this a good deal?

  5. G,

    When are the August Rates and Residuals for 2012 CLS models due to be posted? Are AMG models posted separately from standard models or do they use the same rates and residuals?

    • No AMG models. You will need to speak with your dealer for those. Be sure to read previous posts. This question has been asked before. My posting schedule usually starts after 7th of every month. There are exceptions, but I usually get the numbers about a week after the month begins or when time permits.

  6. Could you speak to the timeframe traditionally, in which lease support for Mercedes leftover models will no longer exist? Is August the usual “cut-off” and September the beginning of support for 2013’s as residuals should start to decline rapidly on older models as the new arrivals appear?

    • I don’t anticipate support for the 2013 to begin until the holiday season. Typically, when 2013 just come out, there is still a healthy selection of 2012s which have lease support. Unfortunately, the arrangement I have with my source is when the new 2013s comes out, they stop providing me with 2012 numbers. When this happens it usually takes about 2-3 months because I start seeing significant improvement on the MF and cash incentives. That usually coincides with Oct-Dec. January is the worst time to lease a car in my opinion because all incentives expire after the holidays.

  7. If I am to understand you correctly, as to my prior question in the July blog, you would not expect the residuals of 2012 units to decrease before the end of the year, and if they should, that would normally be followed by manufacturer discounting in order to support the difference? (Inventory dependent of course) But isn’t there a point where although there is manufacturer money in the car, it is best to just buy the car outright instead because a lease equation will no longer make sense? How best to play the waiting game as you have mentioned before? Or are there never any real trends in the industry of leasing and auto financial companies’ policies?

  8. residuals will drop every couple months, but I do expect MF to drop and cash incentives to be introduced if there is still a lot of inventory of existing 2012s. Once that inventory dwindles down to a reasonable amount, you won’t see lease support on them anymore. That is the typical pattern. So yes, when there is a lot of cash and no lease support, buying makes more sense. Depending on what you are looking for, it is generally a good time to shop for a car in the fall/winter if you are trying to get into a remaining 2012. Again, that depends on what you are getting yourself into and when the release days of the 2013 model is. There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” strategy because launch dates vary by model.

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