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Atlanta International Auto Show 2017 – Featuring Mercedes-Benz!

The Atlanta International Auto Show is this weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center. I stopped by to see what was on display.

Mercedes-Benz brought the big guns this year! The not-yet-released GT C Roadster is absolutely perfect! It’s like they knew I would be there and brought my favorite color combo! The lines on this car are so elegant and sporty. It could not be better!

AMG GT C

The G550 4×4² is the star of any show it attends. I think this one is designo Manufaktur Paprika and it brought the crowds!

Paprika 4x4 Mercedes

The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is expected to be limited to 30 units for the United States! This looks very much like the S550 or S63 cabriolet but turned up to 100. The extra diamonds in the interior and the exterior trim make it extremely special.

Maybach S650 cabriolet wheels Maybach S650 cabriolet

The soon-to-be-released 2018 E400 coupe Launch Edition in Magno Matte Cashmere White was one of my favorites. It looks tremendously different from the current body style and distinct from the C-Class coupe.

2018 E400 coupeThe 2018 GLA45 AMG was showing off some yellow trim and a major roof spoiler. This is a refresh for the GLA-Class.

Mercedes GLA45 AMG

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet launch edition was present! This is the car I call S’more because of the marshmallow exterior and the chocolate and graham cracker interior. It really is a knockout!

Mercedes C63 Cabriolet Launch

The GLS63 AMG looked aggressive in white with black trim. I don’t get to see nearly enough of these at the dealership.

Mercedes GLS63 AMGThe SMART car display was getting a lot of attention. We have been selling quite a few of the plug-in electric version on our pre-owned lot. It really is fun to drive!

Mercedes Smart

The E400 Wagon has arrived! I was hoping for the AMG variant but it is always good to see the wagon on display.

Mercedes E400 wagon

Electric cars are starting to become more common for Mercedes-Benz and this S550 electric showcases the classic looks with new technology hiding inside.

Mercedes S550 electricThere were definitely some other vehicles at the auto show but only one will stick with you. For me it was the GT C Roadster! Look at that face!

GT C Roadster Special thanks to my colleague Michelle for additional photography! It is always hard to get a good image when there are crowds!

Setting the Clock in Your Mercedes-Benz – Now in Korean and Chinese!

I have posted videos about setting your clock for years! It’s pretty easy at this point.

  • Settings
  • Time
  • Daylight Savings

But this year a few of my colleagues made videos and I love them. Thank you to Dong and Daniel!

In Korean:

In Chinese:

The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance is this Weekend!

Join us on October 8 and 9 for the 2016 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort. An exciting event. A beautiful venue. Sure to become one of Atlanta’s premier Fall events, don’t miss this rare multi-million dollar collection of vintage classic automobiles displayed on the fairways of Chateau Elan.

Hours:
Saturday   9:am – 3:pm
Sunday      9:am – 4:pm

Visit the website and purchase tickets here!

I’ll be there all day Sunday. Say hello!

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!

Ordering a New Mercedes-Benz – It’s Easy!

Fresh Cars

There are lots of ways to buy a new Mercedes-Benz and one of my favorites is custom ordering! In 60-120 days you can have the car of your dreams.

People often ask if there is an extra charge. There is NO Charge to custom order your new Mercedes-Benz!

There are lots of ways to order.

Possibility One: Use the Build Your Own section at MBUSA.com and then e-mail it to your salesperson. They can order the car just like you want it and keep you informed as it progresses.

Possibility Two: Go to the dealership, like something there and figure out what changes you would make to LOVE it! Maybe there is a designo interior that speaks to your heart. Perhaps you’ve been waiting for CarPlay or another technology to arrive. There are lots of little tweaks that can make a vehicle special.

Possibility Three: Be First! You can order a car that has not yet been released. Right now we are ordering C-Coupes, S-Class cabriolets, and 2017 E-Classes. I know you haven’t seen the car in person yet, but you know you’re going to love it. Why not order early and have your perfect vehicle arrive when it is first released for sale?

So, you don’t have to settle for what is at the dealership. I would be happy to custom order the Mercedes-Benz of your dreams!

Mercedes-Benz Geography Perfection in Atlanta!

I moved to Atlanta many years ago simply to avoid the snow. I did not know that I was putting myself in the perfect position for all things Mercedes-Benz!

  • Germany: The vehicles arriving from Germany dock in Brunswick, GA. That is just 300 miles south of my dealership! 5 hours from “VPC Ready” to “in Stock!”
  • Alabama: The vehicles built at the factory in Tuscaloosa are just 225 miles west. They get on a car carrier and arrive a few hours later! Same day service!
  • South Carolina: Sprinter and Metris vehicles arrive in Ladson, SC for re-assembly and then ship just 300 miles to me! The Chicken Tax can’t slow us down!
  • Headquarters: MBUSA just relocated to Atlanta! This means I get to see the occasional test vehicle sneaking around, my training events will be close, and we will be a Mercedes-Benz town. Nothing beats community involvement for brand awareness!

Thanks Atlanta for turning out to be the center of Mercedes-Benz in the US!

Your Mercedes-Benz To-Do List – 2015

C63 AMG S

So, it is the fourth quarter and you have been meaning to do something about your car all year. Come by the dealership! This is the perfect time to get to work! Here is what you should be looking into before the end of 2015!

New Models

The GLE Coupe has arrived! This sporty SUV has been getting tons of attention. I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to like it but now I love it! Every time I flip the Dynamic Select to Sport+ I cannot suppress a smile! It has a surprising amount of space on the inside and an unbeatable look on the outside! Inventory has grown and you still have time order before the end of the year.

The all-new GLC is arriving in November. This model will replace the outgoing GLK and I predict a huge success! They styling will appeal to a larger audience and it has grown a few inches. The interior is going to be leaps and bound more luxurious! With a base price under $40,000 I think this will be hottest SUV on the market!

The C450 AMG Sport now available! This AMG tuned version of the C-Class has all of the noise and fun you want from an AMG with a more mainstream price tag. I have a comparison driving event to attend next week vs. the C63 AMG and I can’t wait to try them back to back!

Deals to Be Had

I know some of you are looking for the best deal, not the latest and greatest car. There are definitely a few models you should be considering.

With the arrival of the 2016 GLE-Class we are just about out of MLs. However, there are a couple left that are looking for a good home! Also, the 2017 E-Class is just around the corner and we have lots of 2016s.

There is still a great selection of 2015 S-Class vehicles from which to choose. I’ll even let you be picky about colors and options. The only reason to spend more for the 2016 is if you are really excited about the remote start feature that comes with the mbrace Connect for 2016. (I am!)

Certified Pre-Owned cars are always a great value! I hear that our first 2015 C-Class will be through certification next week. We also have new body style GL diesels! That never happens! You can see all of the CPO inventory on our website. Combine that with special interest rates from Mercedes-Benz Financial and you might be able to fit more Mercedes in your budget!

The CLA and GLA are always the most affordable of the Mercedes-Benz models. With base prices just over $30,000 these cars fit in almost any budget! I have so many happy owners in these cars. You really should check them out before you settle for something boring.

Vans

The Metris is Pre-Production no longer! We have our first models in stock. The Metris is about the same size as the GL-Class and can come as a cargo or passenger van. Again, starting at under $30,000 for a cargo van this would be a great addition to your commercial fleet (and a great write off before the end of the year!). Come take it for a spin and let me tell you how it will save you tons of money over traditional cargo vans!

So, there you have it! A Mercedes-Benz shopping list for the fourth quarter, 2015. Don’t wait until the last minute! I cannot overnight you a car to arrive on Christmas Eve. This isn’t like buying a gift for the kids!

Video from our 40th Aniversary Party!

Thank you to everyone who attended our amazing 40th Anniversary Party this weekend! Special thanks to Ben Wayne for making a great video tour for us to share!

The Best Way to Buy a Car – Shop for your Salesperson!

Mercedes sales

Do you see all of those happy Mercedes-Benz Owners? I know they love their cars and they also enjoyed the experience at the dealership. Why? Because they worked with me! I am a sales professional with a passion for my product.

I thought I would try something a little new and give advice on how to buy a car. Here is one way to make the process easy and enjoyable. Shop for your salesperson!

When you are looking for a place for dinner you look at reviews online. When you are looking for a salon you ask friends for referrals. A car is an expensive thing to buy…why leave it to chance by walking in the door of a dealership without knowing what you’ll get?

Do you know what dealership you’re going to visit?

If you know what dealership you want to visit, check out their website. There should be an “about us” or “meet our staff” section. Look for a friendly face, someone with common interests, someone who has been there a while or whatever makes you feel comfortable. Here is my profile from AtlantaClassicCars.com. I look friendly, right?

Or, check our DealerRater.com. You can look at all of the dealerships around town and see reviews for the whole place as well as specific salespeople. Look for features that matter to you. Do you want efficient? A family atmosphere? Quick responses? Attention after the sale?  Here is one of my recent reviews:

“Jesse and ACC…what a world class team!”

My wife and I had narrowed down her choices to a BMW 320i and the CLA 250.  We test drove both and told Jesse about our comparison.  Rather than trying to inject her opinion, or downplay the competition, she highlighted the features of the Mercedes.  She was a consummate professional, listened to our observations and in the end, was a key deciding factor in buying the CLA 250. She also showed us the service department which was world class in itself.  I will definitely recommend Jesse and Atlanta Classic Cars   They make a great team!

Ask a Friend!

You know someone that drives the brand you are interested in purchasing. They should be able to recommend their salesperson or someone at the dealership who can steer you towards a good salesperson.

Post it on Facebook! If you mention that you are car shopping you are bound to get opinions. My customers can share my page on Facebook for easy referrals! I send presents when you send customers!

Ask Your Service Advisor!

Many of my new owners come through the service department. They have had a Mercedes for years, feel comfortable with their advisor and ask for a recommendation when the time comes for their next car. Service Advisors and Salespeople often work closely together everyday and your advisor can match you with someone you would like.

Now Call or E-mail the Salesperson!

You’ve found a friendly face and are ready to go shopping. Call ahead! If the salesperson knows you are coming they can clear their schedule, pull up a car you would like to see and be ready. If I know you read my reviews online and specifically want to work with me I am going to work even harder to make sure you have an excellent experience!

There you go! Now you are ready to have an excellent purchase experience with a salesperson that you know can help you find the right car. No guessing, no fear, just fun and excitement! Good luck!

(Also, if you are shopping for a Mercedes-Benz you can just go ahead and call me now. No research necessary!)

Toys for Tots at Atlanta Classic Cars!

It is time to fill the convertibles with toys! If you are planning to come visit for service or happen to be in the neighborhood please bring along a toy for us to donate to Toys for Tots!

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