Dealer demonstrators

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  1. kcsun

    kcsun New Member

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    I am very interested in a demonstrator but cannot get a deal from the main dealer. When I have bought Audi's (the other side, sorry!!) in the past the dealership has to pay for the demonstrator after 3 or 6 months, is that the same with Mercedes?
    The car was registered on the 19th March so 6 months is now looming
    If they are getting close to having to stump up the cash, I may be able to get a better deal

    kc
     
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    wivenhoe Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I’m not sure about not paying for it - I think they have to buy it but at a deep discount on the basis they cannot sell the car for (I think) 3 months. If they are limited to 3 months and not 6 they’ll be keen to sell it before the new reg in Sept. I would make an offer after seeing what price Carwow / DriveTheDeal are offering on new Cars. Just plucking one at random (a diesel as they are dumping them !) DtD has a basic C200D for £ 25.5k which is a discount of £ 9.5k - they have similar discounts on other models.
    Not good news for us who bought a new Merc last year but hopefully you’ll get a great deal.
     
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    Atavus Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    There are June registration ex-demo cars for sale on the approved site.
     
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    Greenmanslk Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    What is the difference between a demo and a mere pre-reg?
     
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    Pre-reg have delivery miles and demo’s have a lot more. I think demo’s are often given to staff for personal use as well
     
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    From memory, main dealers have to commit to a minimum amount of cars per month/quarter.
     
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    Another example may be pending road tax change/s which could render a new car value significantly less;
    like on March 2017, a lot of diesel cars got registered so they could be taxed ongoing for about £30/pa for example.
     
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    These dealers are a joke, I have shown massive interest in this car, had a test drive and drunk their coffee. Have said come back with your best price and after 10 days and two chasing phone calls I still have not received anything!!
    I just looked tonight and they have reduced the car on the website by another £1000 and not even bothered to tell me

    I think a call to the new car sales manager is in order

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    My 1976 Audi 100GL was a demonstrator ( 9 months old at the time , being sold before the registration gave it away ) ; I got a good deal chopping in my 6 month old Austin All-Aggro for it , with minimal difference to pay , although that was 40+ years ago , so forgive me for not remembering the details , beyond the All-Aggro was WLS 422R , and the Audi ( which I kept for about 10 years ) was RLS 767P . And after that , my sister bought the Audi off me and kept it for a further 5 years .
     
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    Sounds like a prereg not an (ex) demo.
     
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    Have a look at Carwow
     
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    ...and if you try to buy them at the advertised price you will be told that they’re not available until September.
     
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    Thanks for all your replies. i will batter the dealer tomorrow. May become a returning MB owner soon

    kc
     
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    Yeah, don’t give it up.
     
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    When I was looking to get an A45, Mercedes Brokklands offered to sell me their demonstrator. They wouldnt budge on the price and also said I could only have it in 3 months time as their replacement was delayed. Went to Lookers, got a discount.
     

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