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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-16-2006, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Contract/Offer sheet advice

I would have thought this had come up before but could not find a good match using the search tool. Forgive any redundancy I am unwittingly creating here.

My situation:

Tested all the usual suspects in the $40-60K range and liked the E350 best. Did the research on pricing etc using Edmunds. Signed an order just Saturday with a local dealer for an E350 4Matic, platinum blue w/charcoal, panorama premium package, parktronic, wood st. wheel, lighting package. MSRP $60,135, went in at $58600 CASH DEAL no financing/lease. Gave $1000 check. Price was just less than Edmunds TMV so I assumed small discount is part and parcel of luxury brand selling practices as I have heard (first car at this price point).

Yes I know that while I did my research I didn't do it in the right places, because the MB forums like this have people paying far less. So I did some "firm quote" shopping and got an offer of just over $54K from another dealer.

My question then is without being a total dick can I renege on this current order? Do I legally have to give up the $1000 check (call it tuition and still be ahead of the game even if shamefaced?). Twist the dealer's arm to match the lower price?

Thoughts welcome. I'm in MN if specific jursdiction matters. Only 3 MB dealers in reasonable distance. I'm not driven to get every single penny I can so I don't want to make this overly adversarial, just want a fair shake. Thanks all!
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RE: Contract/Offer sheet advice

The dealer will most likley match that price. Yes, you can get the check back wehter they willingly give to you or a legal route. If interested in havin gone shipped to you, I looked at a 2005 E500 not a 4matic loaded at a dealer I just purchased from loaded, loaded, for $51,000 and they would problably go lower. Platinum over ash.
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RE: Contract/Offer sheet advice

Thanks much for help - will call salesperson and see what he can do and take it from there.

The E500 sounds like a nice deal but I live in MN and the 4Matic is pretty essential. We have snow and ice and frozen rain 4-5 months out of the year.
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