New car.. Merc R class?

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  1. FaxFan2002

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    Looking at getting a new car (either contract hire / personal lease). I haven't been overwhelmed by anything really so I'm thinking a decent car to get me from a to b in comfort and a bit of style. To this end I'd want a more of a prestige car i.e. BMW, Merc, Lexus etc.

    My thoughts are - go a for a 2.0d (auto) type affair, I won't be doing huge mileage and it will be mostly motorway mile.

    I've been considering:

    Lexus 220d IS
    BMW 3 series 2.0d

    Both of which seem to come in at just under £400 per month (with a decent spec). However I've just seen a Merc R class LWB 320CDI auto in the same price range... which makes me think..??
     
  2. Ian J

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    The Mercedes R Class is a people carrier and the 320CDi version is £38,500.

    The Lexus and BMW are about £10,000 cheaper than the Merc and are aimed at a completely different market sector. Are you sure of your prices ?
     
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    My personal thoughts on the R class is that it's not my cup of tea but like they say, different strokes for different folks. I would say listen to Murphy and go with your original choices. The first two are more drivers cars.
     
  4. FaxFan2002

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    I know but the prices are correct, a whole a lot more car for your money. I guess when it comes to leasing the Merc holds a lot more residual value. It's not just one website quoting the cheap lease for a merc a whole lot of them are. Had a look at a R class today (just forecourt browsing the showrooms are shut) and it looks really nice - upto 6 seats, I would say normally 4 and a decent size rear space enough for my dogs! Bit torn really because we already have a pathfinder... I think I'll test drive one this week.

    edit: here is a link

    http://www.contracthireandleasing.com/cars/Mercedes-Benz/R-Class/
     
  5. Ian J

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    I wouldn't mind being chauffeured in one as the rear seats look more like club armchairs.
     
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    I suppose the kids would be happy! ;)
     
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    What about the new C class? looks :thumbsup:
     
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    dude, my dad owns a car dealership and can get a much better discount than a main merc dealer because they have to hold their prices higher so to maintain high values etc...if you're interested PM me
     
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    Got a good deal on the car...

    Merc R class 320CDI SE (long wheel base - more space for kids and dogs)
    Silver with Black Leather
    Telephone pre-wire
    Bum warmers
    Memory pack (front seats have more electric directions and memory)
    Xenon headlamp system (see round corners by all accounts!)

    List price 46k, on contract hire 3+35 for 490+vat a month. Which is pretty damn good, thanks to the hefty discounts mercedes (& merc dealers have to put in as well) and rock solid residuals.

    Delivery this friday, when I'm working in London, grrrr..
     
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    Wow that is a fantastic deal! Who said buying new is more expensive hey!

    Let us know what it is like as we are interested in that one as a replacement for our Murano...Well my wife is ;) I'll stick to my car :)
     
  11. Ian J

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    That sounds an excellent deal. I've just changed my car but I never thought about contract hire - I wish I had now
     
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    Apologies for sounding clueless (and frankly, i am in this department), but what are the benefits of contract hire and how does it really work for Joe Average?
     
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    Contract hire is as it says - you hire the car for, say, 36 months (3 years) with agreed mileage i.e. 10,000 per year and agree maint. i.e. you maintain the car.

    You then normally pay 3 payments upfront and then pay every month for 36 months. At the end of the term you hand the car back.

    Contract hire is normally aimed at the business, but you can normally get the same deal just add the VAT, so if I was doing mine on a personal level I would be paying 575.75 (the fact is I am because I use the company VAT FSR, but thats another story) per month. You can normally add another £10 per month or so for lease purchase so you then have the option to purchase at the end of the term.

    Take a look at http://www.nationwidevehiclecontracts.co.uk/ that will give you an idea of whats what. I did a personal lease purchase on there for the wife for Nissan Pathfinder Aventura for 483 a month (with 3 payments upfront and it included road tax!).

    Personally I think dealerships are the biggest con going, but thats just my view.
     
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    So how does the contract hiring of a vehicle out-weigh the cons of buying off the forecourt?

    Sorry to be a pain, just interested!
     

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