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Mercedes-Benz Road Trip This Weekend!

GLS450 towing

Kevin, of International MotorSports, Inc, picked up his new GLS450 this week and has already hit the road for Memorial Day weekend. He took the dirt bikes up to north Georgia for some off road fun and sent me this picture.

Are you going anywhere? Your Mercedes wants to roam! Send me pictures!

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class MSRP – Pricing Announcement

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 should arrive very soon.

The MSRP was just announced: $52,150!

This is almost $1000 LESS than the current E-Class and when you factor in some of the new standard features it is approximately a 10% value enhancement.

New, standard features:

  • COMAND navigation, and its 3 inch high-resolution display and Touchpad Controller
  • 9G-Tronic 9-Speed Transmission w/ DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®
  • Industry-first Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel
  • Industry-first PRE-SAFE® SOUND
  • Active Brake Assist forward collision warning system
  • Full LED headlamps and tail lamps
  • Five years of mbrace® connect including remote start
  • Car-to-X Communication
  • Sirius XM®
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 64-color ambient lighting
  • Power folding and dimming mirrors

I will get to see the E-Class up close and personal during my training event in about 2 weeks. Check back for all of my impressions!

Mercedes-AMG Track Day at Atlanta Motorsports Park!

Atlanta Classic Cars invited a small group of AMG owners to Atlanta Motorsports Park to see what their cars could do on the track! You simply can’t appreciate your AMG when following the rules of the road!

AMG 3

Here is a video I made from the porch on the clubhouse. AMP is a great facility and I would highly recommend you go whenever the opportunity presents itself! Thanks to ACC and AMP for a great day!

GLK Survives a Hail Storm!

A client of mine in South Carolina sent me this testimonial recently:

Mercedes GLK

“We had one heck of a hail storm here yesterday evening. My GLK was parked outside with one of the other members of the white Mercedes club (that’s what you call it when everyone in the family has a white Mercedes), and there was a Chevy and a Honda on either side of us when it hit. Once the sky cleared, the Chevy was as dimpled as a golf ball, and the Honda took a few dents too, but both of the Mercedes were unharmed!”

Mercedes are just built of better stuff!

Mercedes-Benz at the Atlanta Auto Show!

2017 C300 coupe

The Atlanta Auto Show is next Wednesday through Sunday at the World Congress Center (March 9-13).

www.goautoshow.com

The Mercedes-Benz display has grown and I expect to see the 2017 C63 AMG coupe, the 2017 GLS SUV along with perennial favorites like the GT S, G, and Mercedes-Maybach! There might be a 2017 E-Class as well…but I am not sure.

I plan to go on Wednesday and I’ll update you with the attendees!

Customer Testimonial – Welcome to Atlanta!

Wendy was referred to Atlanta Classic Cars by her Realtor as she was moving to Atlanta from Chicago, having not owned a car for many years!

Wendy

“I drove home scared out of my wits on August 6, 2015 and promptly left the car in my condo parking space for 3 weeks until my sister who lives in Macon said you have to come and visit me! So, I bravely got into the car on a Saturday afternoon with my dog Niko by my side and drove the 1-1/2 hours to Macon! I was so proud of myself.

It took me about 2 months to get up the nerve to drive to work from Midtown to downtown (only 10 minutes door to door) but now I drive every day and even drop one of my colleagues off at her apartment every night on my way home. I feel a sense of freedom I had forgotten I felt after 15 years of not driving – it is awesome!

You are a patient and special woman. You took the time to let me practice driving again in the parking lot near the dealership until I felt comfortable enough to drive home. You checked on me that very day to make sure I got home safely and I did…PHEW! You then have consistently reached out to me to check on how I was enjoying living in Atlanta and assured me you were there for me if I needed anything. That kind of personalized customer service is very rare in our world today.

I have been in the hotel business for 33 years and understand the high expectations our guests demand from us. You more than exceeded my expectations of customer care and made an otherwise scary prospect of buying (and driving a car) after 15 years without one very comfortable. I was in a seminar recently where we were asked to describe what kind of car we would be. I said a Lunar Blue Mercedes C250 – classy and a bit sassy! Thank you Jesse! With much appreciation and admiration, Wendy Parker”

Thank you Wendy! It was a pleasure!

Mercedes-Benz Stadium – AJC Feature

The AJC recently featured 7 Game Changers to expect with the Mercedes-Benz Stadium!

Put on Your Party Hats! It’s 2016!

What Do I Do If I am Over Miles in My Lease?

Today is the One Year Anniversary of when I got my new car! I generally lease for 36 months with 12,000 miles a year. As you can see, I am a little over on my miles. People frequently ask me what to do when they are over miles so I am going to use myself as an example.

Step 1: Evaluate

I am currently over by 1260 miles. at $.25/mile that is $315. If I continued at this rate I would owe $945 in over mileage charges when I turned in the lease on November 1, 2017. I have several options available to me and there is no reason to panic!

By the way, I did the 12,000 mile per year lease knowing that I would likely go over. I looked at the 15,000 mile lease as well but it was $30 more per month and I knew I  wouldn’t be that high so I opted for the lower payment and possible over miles charges.

Step 2: Options

  • I can drive this car for 2 more years, owe less than $1000 in mileage charges and not worry about it.
  • I can call Mercedes-Benz Financial right now and add mileage to my lease, raising my payment slightly, so that I don’t have a bill at the end.
  • I can plan to buy the car at the end of the lease for the residual value and there are no mileage fees charged. If you are WAY over then this is sometimes the best option.
  • I know that Mercedes-Benz Financial generally offers a 3-5 month Loyalty Accelerator that will let me pull-forward into a new lease without any penalty. So, that gives me a 3000 to 5000 mile cushion that is perfect for what I actually plan to do which is turn it in 3-5 months early with just under 36,000 miles and get my next car!

Step 3: Keep Driving!

With these options in mind there is no reason to worry about going over miles in the lease. As long as you knew the plan going into the lease, and set it up properly, you do not need to restrict your miles or worry! I consider leasing an easy way to get a new car every 2-3 years with no surprises.

2015 Atlanta 3-Day Complete!

This weekend I walked my 8th Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure! The Atlanta team raised more than $2.2 million dollars! This money is split between funding research for the Cure and donating to the local Komen affiliate, helping local families with diagnosis, treatment and care. It has been an honor to participate and I want to thank my donors, including Atlanta Classic Cars, for their support.

If you want an amazing tour of Atlanta, try 60 miles on foot!

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