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Leave the dealer's badge on your MB?

Do you leave the dealer's badge/logo on your Mercedes?

Given all the bad ink (electrons) that are heaped on dealers in these forum discussions, I suspect that I know the answer, but I'm wondering how many owners actually leave the dealer's logo on it when they drive away.

By way of background, my first "real" job was in radio and then tv. I quickly learned that virtually every word and picture was worth something. Mention a brand name ("plug the product") and it should cost someone something. That was a very long time ago, but to this day I won't pay for "branded" products unless there's no alternative, its given to me for free or it represents the dealer bonus to me of some sort.

I'm the same with my cars. I politely tell the seller that they may NOT attach their dealer logo to the vehicle unless they're ready to exchange something for it; take another thousand off the price; upgrade something significant; earn the advertising space that you'll get! I know that my SLK draws attention; it's beautiful. And I know that if it has a dealer badge, that has the same esthetic effect as a billboard in front of the Grand Canyon.

Now I see both the badge AND the dealer's license frames on way too many cars. Maybe they think it will generate some kind of loyalty exchange when they take the car back for service but any knothead who's paid the price of a dealer's routine service should know better than that.

Leave it on and advertise for them or leave it off and remind them that you're not ready to do them a favor. I paid them a premium price for a premium vehicle. There's a premium for that advertising space, too.

What's your opinion? I suspect that there's someone at every MB dealership in America who's assigned to keep up with this forum. Maybe we can leave a message for them.
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not on my mercedes or any other vehicle for that matter. I have always insisted that if they want my business, no dealers badge, license plate frame, decal or anything be on the car when I take delivery. I also ask them what there referal policy is. In most cases there is cash to the refering person if a sale is made.


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If I can get it off without messing up the paint, I take it off all my cars. I don't feel like I should be a driving billboard for the dealer. If they want me to do that, they should pay me for advertising.

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post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-23-2009, 11:46 AM
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It never really bothered me, so no.
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If it's on the paint....then it's got to come off.

The license plate frame serves a purpose and keeps the plate from the paint. If the dealer's name is visible on the frame, then it gets discretely blacked out when the warranties up.
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No way, here we don't allow dealer to put sticker on the cars.


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Depends. Does the plate frame read MD of Palm Beach? Seriously, doesn't matter what dealer someone bought a car from as I know what the car is. I say remove all of it unless the dealer is willing to give something for the free space.
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Leave it on only if you're over 65 or if you own the dealership. If not then it's just not cool.


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