Date registered: Mar 2012
Vehicle: 2008 ML350
Location: New Jersey
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1st Mercedes! Where have you been all my life?!
Hello all. My name is Luke and I'm happy to say that I am finally the proud owner of a Mercedes-Benz! After owning all domestic cars and trucks, all I have to say is WOW!.....a world of difference in EVERY detail! I've had pickup trucks and sedans for my first few cars but they weren't practical for what I"ve been needing in a vehicle, lots of storage space (but also safe from the elements and thieves, unlike a pickup) with the occasional light trek off road.
(I purchased my baby last mother's day but just recently came upon this site so I thought I would share with you all one of the best experiences of my life.)
I started looking into Toyota's 4Runner and FJ Cruiser, both great SUV's with a rich history of dependability and performance. Although I've always loved the Mercedes line of SUV's, I never looked too seriously into SUV's like Mercedes, BMW or Audi because buying brand new was out of my price range and the only pre-owned ones I found had over 50K miles on them. I had the people at Toyota run my credit to see what APR I would qualify for and even though I have great credit the best they could do for me was 5.99%!!! Even a co-signer wouldn't help lower the rate! I was heartbroken that I'd either have to keep driving my less than desirable gas guzzling beater car or have to settle for something I didn't really like but could afford.
While surfing the net on a Thursday evening, my pops told me to keep looking into a Mercedes (he hated the idea of seeing a smurf blue FJ parked in the driveway when I come to visit). I found a dealer about an hour and a half away that had a few ML's for sale so I went to check them out the next day after work. (Got there an hour before closing) I was walking into the covered area between the showroom and the service department and saw the most amazing sight that took my breath away.... an arctic white 2008 ML350 with it's xenon lights on. Freshly washed and waxed...tire shine and all. This thing just glistened under the lights and it was one of those "love at first sight" moments. I grabbed the first salesman I could find and had him quickly show me around the truck. It was fully loaded with black leather interior, P2 package, rear camera, SatNav, only 27,000 miles and a really really unbeatable price! Before the couple looking at it had a chance to do anything, I pulled out $2,000 and told him that this is definitely my baby. (Sorry folks but if you snooze you lose.)
I came back Saturday to negotiate the final price and authorize the credit checks then back again on Monday to sign the papers and take delivery. This was the absolute fastest big ticket purchase I've ever made, bought a car in pretty much two days! With the 1.9% APR I got through Mercedes-Benz Financial I'm actually going to pay less for my ML than I would have for the FJ Cruiser or 4Runner!!!
It's almost going to be a year now that I have my baby and I couldn't be happier with it. She gets a bath and interior detailing every week, she looks just as great as the first day I saw her. I can't help but smile every time I get into it and that smile only gets bigger when I see the people staring at the 26 year old guy that worked his fingers to the bone to get his dream ride.
For those of you still reading, sorry for the long story but I hope that you enjoyed my experience of buying my first (and certainly not my last) Mercedes.