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It’s worth the effort to get a good deal on a new car

February 6th, 2014 No Comments

Mercedes Benz CLA 2014 Mary Rambin

 

I’m sure it’s not a shock for you to read I’m a little snobby about my cars.  I like something that drives well and feels luxurious inside.  As far as brands go, I have no loyalty there.  I started with a Jeep Grand Cherokee, then hit BMW, Lexus, Audi, and now Mercedes.  At the time of purchase or lease contract signing, I loved them all. And I had to go through hell and high water to get them all.  But you know what…it was worth it!

I’m not going to bore you with how I secured each car.  What I will share is what I’ve learned:

1.  Call in the favor.

You know people in the car industry and they know a lot more than you do.  Figure out EXACTLY what car you want and then call in a favor to get it for a steal.  Be respectful and know exactly what you want before you make the call.

Other people who are helpful: loyalists.  If you have a friend who consistently buys the brand you want, take them with you to the dealership.  The salesman values that persona and you will get better treatment.

2.  Use a broker.

For three of my cars, I’ve used a broker to get the best deal possible and even  get rid of a lease.  On this Mercedes, Fadi was able to get $9200 off the MSRP and the monthly payment I was looking for (cheap!).  Plus, he delivered the car to my house!  On my Lexus, I had to give it up when I moved to NYC.  My broker convinced the dealership to take it back without any penalty.

3.  Figure out what you can live without.

I’m a “fully loaded” girl, but I’ve always had to make compromises.  On this Mercedes, I have a huge sunroof, but no back-up camera, a feature I loved on my Audi.

4.  Ask about custom orders.

Often dealers are waiting on custom ordered cars then their buyer declines it.  It has been my experience these cars are loaded, yet the dealers want to move the cars ASAP.  So ask if anything is on its way.

Mary Rambin Audi 2011

CASE AND POINT: STORY OF MY AUDI

Many of you continue to ask about how I ended up with my Audi.  I had no idea you were so interested!

Long story short: Through a broker, I leased a basic A4 because it was less expensive than the Lexus I wanted and was a popular car amongst consumers.  My car turned out to be lemon.  I turned it into the Audi in Houston where my long-time friend is the GM. He had a fully loaded custom order A4 Quatro that a customer didn’t want.  He made a sweet deal and I leased the bigger and better car.

One last point I need to make: if you’re going to get an Audi, don’t get the base models.  It’s a big boy car and you need a bigger budget to really be able to appreciate an Audi.

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What’s new in cars??

January 14th, 2013 No Comments

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That’s what I’m in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show to find out. I’m honored Jeep brought me up to be one of their brand ambassadors to cover the event because I’m such a huge fan of their brand. The Grand Cherokee was my first car and we have a 2011 Wrangler I absolutely love.

The other day I took a ride in my friend Philip’s new fully loaded 2013 Grand Cherokee. It was beautiful inside!! And as you’ll hear more about later, their 2014 models are even better.

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Today and tomorrow, I am posting the latest and the greatest designs and innovations from all the brands on my tumblr , twitter, and Facebook , and instagram (maryrambin). Follow wherever you want! Better hurry up though, I’ve been at it since 7:30am.

Next week I’ll post a review of cars and trends I think will be relevant for you. If you’re on the market for a new ride, hopefully you’ll find this helpful.

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Have you seen the 4-door Aston Martin…it’s pretty slick.

July 20th, 2011 No Comments

The dealership had one parked outside the restaurant so I took the opportunity to slip inside.

The Rapide is lovely to say the least.  For 6 figures, she should be. Click here for a video intro.

The question is, if you were going to throw down for ones of these bad boys, would you pay tens of thousands more for the AM over a fully-loaded Porsche Panamera? I can also attest this sedan is super sexy inside and out.

I think for me it would come down to the drive.  But, needless to say, I wouldn’t complain with either sitting in my driveway.

While I’m here, I’d like to apologize for my MIA status on the blog yesterday.  I had every intention of posting about closet staples and trends for fall, but I’ve been a little preoccupied with work these days.

Tomorrow check in for some yummy white fish recipes.  Next week I’ll be back in full force!

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Can you tell which car is more expensive?

June 1st, 2011 No Comments

At first glance, probably not!

The rims are the giveaway for me.

The top car is the Lexus IS, and the bottom is the Hundai Elantra.  I saw them both next to each other in the parking lot and thought, “that’s a hot looking alternative.”  I’ll admit I peeked inside the Elantra too.  The cloth seats are standard cheap, but the dash looks sleek.  I’m sure the sound system is inferior, not to mention the drive, but solely judging on looks, the Elantra is impressive for $15k.

Apparently the Koreans are on a rampage to get back in the game.  Samsung electronics and home appliances are the “smartest” ones on the market, and Hundai has modernized their designs.

(Full disclosure: I’m currently offering a review on the Samsung SH100.  I pray one day they’ll send over a washer & dryer or refrigerator.  Those things are amazing!  Check it out next time you’re at Best Buy.)

 

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Big pain in my tiny ass

December 15th, 2010 19 Comments

I absolutely cannot stand my Audi 2009 A4.  It drives like a lawnmower, something is always wrong with it, and the inside feels like a Honda, which would be fine, if I were paying for a Honda.

Best advice I’ll give you in 2010, DO NOT BUY AN AUDI.

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December 3rd, 2009 No Comments

I love me some Aston Martin. Although, I dream about the Bentley coupe. Never compromise on true love ladies.

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December 2nd, 2009 No Comments

I should add this to my gift guide. Rolls Phantom Drophead Coupe.

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December 2nd, 2009 No Comments

@sarahashley check out this hardtop Mini! I’m not a fan of their older models but this one is sporty and sleek. It’s a concept car so fingers crossed they make it.

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