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The Mercedes-Benz Masters Experience

If you watched The Masters Tournament this weekend you might have noticed that Mercedes-Benz is a major sponsor! As a part of that sponsorship, dealerships are sometimes offered spots to send their customers to the tournament for a few days of luxury. A Mercedes-Benz Enthusiast from Massachusetts attended this year and was kind enough to share his Masters Experience with us! The following is in his words. Thank you Mike!

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2017 Mercedes-Benz Masters Experience. Photo by Jensen Larson for MBUSA.

The text came from Michael Collins, GM of Mercedes-Benz of Portsmouth, NH. “Do you like golf?” My wife and I have done business with Mike for several years, and we have become friends. It was innocuous enough, although I thought it was still a bit cold to get out for a foursome. Imagine my surprise when I found out we would be going to the 2017 Masters Tournament as guests of Mercedes-Benz.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz Masters Experience. Photo by Jensen Larson for MBUSA.

Upon arrival at the Augusta Airport, it was clear that everything would be first class for our 3 days in Augusta. We were brought to the gorgeous community of River Island in a gleaming new GL 450, where all of the guests of MB would be staying in private homes. Our lodging was a gorgeous 7,500 sqft home with 4 other couples. I wasn’t sure what to expect, sharing a home with other people, but we truly had a fantastic time with one another and will be staying in touch!

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2017 Mercedes-Benz Masters Experience. Photo by Jensen Larson for MBUSA.

Tuesday morning was a perfect spring Augusta day. We were brought to the Augusta National Golf Club (in a Mercedes Sprinter, of course) and there it was- the iconic Magnolia Lane. From there we were dropped off at the Firethorn Cabin, MB’s hospitality cabin at the course. There we enjoyed breakfast and lunch, sparkling private bathrooms, and the ubiquitous open bar. With flat screen TVs everywhere you looked, there was no reason to go out to the course (yeah, right!)

2017 Mercedes-Benz Masters Experience. Photo by Jensen Larson for MBUSA.

Rickie Fowler interview at the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Masters Experience. Photo by Jensen Larson for MBUSA.

We spent much of Tuesday on the gorgeous green grass of ANGC. There we saw the golfers skipping the ball on the water on 16, Amen Corner, and the Pro Shop (which was well organized chaos). Wednesday was a rainout, so much of the day was spent at Firethorn, hanging with our new friends and enjoying a cigar and drinks on the front porch. Each night had entertainment, but the final night was the cherry on top; a private concert by Lady Antebellum for the MB guests!

2017 Mercedes-Benz Masters Experience. Photo by Jensen Larson for MBUSA.

Lady Antebellum performs at the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Masters Experience. Photo by Jensen Larson for MBUSA.

There are many words to describe the experience- bucket list, once in a lifetime experience, etc. Overall we had a wonderful time with first class service and accommodations, and made many new friends. What a privilege to be able to attend. Thank you MBUSA!

2017 Mercedes-Benz Masters Experience. Photo by Jensen Larson for MBUSA.

Steven Foster, Nancy Torrielli and Author Mike Torrielli at the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Masters Experience. Photo by Jensen Larson for MBUSA.

Georgia Taxes on Leases – HB340 TAVT Bill Passed

Standard Alternate Gerogia TagA few years ago Georgia changed how vehicles were taxed for both purchase and lease. Instead of paying a county sales tax and annual ad velorum based on vehicle value, a one-time Title Ad Velorum Tax (TAVT) was assessed. The TAVT was calculated on the sale price of the new vehicle or the “book” value of the used vehicle regardless of purchase or lease. It is currently 7%, having increased slightly over the last few years.

Recently the state legislature worked on a bill to restructure this system. There were several other components to the bill during negotiations and many of those were removed. Used car dealers were hoping to remove the book value portion of the taxation. There were also provisions related to state vs. county distribution of the taxes collected. The only portion of the bill that passed the house and senate relates to taxation on leases.

Upon signature by the Governor, effective July 1, 2017, TAVT on leased vehicles will be calculated based on the total of lease payments, rather than the full value of the vehicle.

As someone who leases a car every three years, this is great news to me! As someone who helps other people lease cars every day, this is even better news! This should lower future lease payments for the average buyer by a noticeable amount.

Currently if you buy or lease a $50,000 car you will be assessed $3500 in TAVT. If you divide that into a 36 month lease and add interest it is over $100/month in taxes. The new rules would mean that a $700/month base lease payment would be assessed $49/month in taxes.

There is some confusion about the effective date for the new taxation. I have heard both July 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018. I will look for clarification on that in the coming weeks.

Here is a link to the full text of the bill.

Ordering My New Mercedes-Benz – Help Me Decide!

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Dear Internet,

I am getting ready to order my new Mercedes-Benz and I just can’t decide on the colors! You’d think I spend enough time looking at the cars to know what I want but I’m feeling indecisive. I thought you might have an opinion.

First, I am not deciding between S63 cabriolets, even thought what is what is in the picture! I am pretty sure it is going to be a C43 Cabriolet. I have really enjoyed my E400 cabriolet but the new E-Class cabriolet won’t be ready when I need to switch cars. The engine in the 43 is a lot of fun and the new C-Class design is so beautiful! I know I would be happy with this vehicle. I’m not sure I’ll ever be without a cabriolet again!

Now, for the color. My go-to is white/saddle/black top. However, I need to get a different color this time. I’m in a rut. Gotta shake it up! Here are the things I know for sure:

  • Not White
  • Not Red Interior
  • Not Brown Top
  • Not Black with Black top
  • Definitely Sport Package, Night Package, Multispoke Wheel

That’s it. I am pretty open to everything else. Here is the link to the Build Your Own site. On the Summary Page there is a button to e-mail your build. Please do send it to me! jcw@atlantaclassiccars.com

My current favorite combos are: Paint/Leather/Top

  • Cardinal/Porcelain/Black
  • Selenite/Porcelain/Red
  • Lunar/Saddle/?
  • Iridium/Porcelain/Blue

Have you seen anything out in the world that you really loved? Is there a color that you think would be perfect for me? Is there a combination I am overlooking? I have about 2 weeks to make up my mind and then another month to change my mind a few times. :) The order will likely lock in by April for a May build and late June or early July delivery.

For those of you keeping track, my E400 lease is not officially up until November 2017. I am planning to use the Mercedes-Benz Loyalty Accelerator Program to waive my last couple of payments so I can make the switch early. I estimate that I will hit my total allowed miles in July!

Thanks in advance for your help!

-Jesse   @benzblogger

BenzBlogger Updates!

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I think the blog is due for some updates. I would like to refresh the layout, add some new categories and make it a little more shareable.

Do you have ideas? You are welcome to e-mail me at jcw@atlantaclassiccars.com if you would like to make a suggestion or two!

Also, if you are really good at WordPress please help me! (Good with cars, not with websites!)

Merry Christmas!

May your holiday be full of joy, both large and small!

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The Mercedes-Benz GLC Named Motor Trend SUV of the Year!

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Motor Trend has just named the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC as the SUV of the Year! It has been selling like hotcakes and I am sure that this announcement will boost it even more!

Take a test drive with me!

Read the Full Review here.

“Before we get to the “why” of the award, let’s get to the “what” of the SUV. The GLC replaces the old GLK, the little-loved, squared-off, schnauzer-faced mini-ute that will forever be known as the most believable character in Sex and the City 2.”

“The GLC is a smaller vehicle that feels every bit as well-honed as an E-Class, if not an S-Class.”

“How does the GLC compete against the other strong-selling German SUVs, the Audi Q5 and BMW X3? Solid players for sure, but we can tell from experience that the GLC does it all better. That also applies to the smaller-volume players in the segment, the Jaguar F-Pace, Maserati Levante, Porsche Macan, Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50, and Volvo XC60. All are nice premium SUVs—some even do a good job mimicking sports cars—but none is as well-rounded as the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Although not an official criteria, being the best in a given segment greatly helps secure first-place votes.”

Happy Halloween!

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Mercedes-Benz Lease Turn-In Inspection Phone Number

It has been a few years since Mercedes-Benz asked us to have cars inspected before the end of the lease. Well, it’s back!

Here is the number: 800 873 5471

Simply call, make an appointment for them to come by your home or office, and then you are ready to turn it in!

Here is a link to FAQ’s about the First Class Finish.

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!

Happy 4th of July!

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