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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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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 weekend Atlanta Classic Cars is celebrating 40 years in business! Pretty amazing! As a part of our celebration we have brought in a selection of classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles as well as a couple of superstar SLS gullwings. Hover over the image to see the year and model.
The showroom is open on Saturday if you would like to take a look. This is a limited time engagement as all of the beauties go back to their owners next week!
Are you a member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America? I have a great reason for you to join! You could win a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 and a trip to Germany!
Once you are a member of the MBCA you simply log on and buy as many $50 tickets as you want! I bought two. I didn’t win the AMG GT S last year so I am probably due for a win this time.
If you happen to win instead of me, you can order your GLC from me and I will help you plan an awesome European Delivery Adventure!
If you decide to join the Club use my reference number and I get a free month of membership. C119523
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!)
For Model Year 2016 lots of Mercedes-Benz models are getting new names. I have detailed this once before with a chart but I thought I would add a little more detail.
Obviously there are exceptions:
Launch Schedule for new 2016s: (subject to change and change without notice)
As always, keep an eye on the MBUSA Future Models Section for the latest info!
The first of the 2016 models have arrived at Atlanta Classic Cars and there are a lot more on the way! Now is the time to do your research, see what’s new and get in an order if you want to be the first one to have the latest and greatest!
The AMG GTS is here!
The first 2016 E-Classes have arrived!
The 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is on the showroom floor!
There are also a flurry of releases just on the horizon. Check out the Future Vehicles section at MBUSA.com for the best pictures and current information.
Don’t be that last to know about the C63 AMG, GLE-Class and coupe, SLC-Class and more!