Originally Posted by henry22
No V8s that sucks, I care little about a dealer holding my hand or showing me the nice carpet or granite floor or that fancy coffee machine in the service area. What most important is fair prices and good products. The top of the line Merc or VW V6 is still priced well over a V6 Jeep with equal or close to equal build. It is my policy to get in and out of the dealer as fast as prudent, with up front pricing such as FFP. I can look at my carpet at home and not in a dealership.
Yeah I prefer to negotiate pricing over the phone or over email. Its less about facilities than it is about how they take care of you should you ever have an issue and how much they show they want your repeat business.
I paid about 5k under sticker for my '10 E550 4matic which was one of the first in the US and is a pretty high volume car for Mercedes dealers. When I bought my '03 E500 it was pretty much the same deal. I get full details every other month, free oil changes, free loaners and have never been hassled about anything...they even replaced a headrest at no charge that my dog had obviously sank his teeth into.
I know its not like that at every high end dealership, but the ones that will go that extra mile to earn repeat business will be successful in the long run. Dealers in the chrysler family aren't exactly known for that yet they are trying to move up market with increasingly expensive vehicles. I would bet before the next marjor redesign a loaded GC will easily crest 50k and the new 300 will probably beat 40k loaded.