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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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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!

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