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Old 12-07-2003, 08:16 AM
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MBCA discount

Can someone tell me which of the Washington DC metro dealers gives a discount on parts to MBCA memebrs?
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Old 12-07-2003, 10:01 AM
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My advice? Call them. Your best answer is but a phone call away.

Supposedly, all MB dealers are supposed to give a discount. This is not REQUIRED, but it is a recommendation of DaimlerChrysler USA.

Star Motors here in Miami is supposed to do this. When we had an event at this dealership several months ago, I decided to pick up some hydraulic suspension fluid there, and asked for the discount.

The guy at the parts desk said he had never heard of a discount and that the guy he would have to talk to was out to lunch. We have over 100 members in our chapter, and we go to Star once per year, and yet Star's parts guy has apparently never been informed of our existence or discount.

So, rather than wait an hour or two to perhaps save a couple of dollars, I just left and bought it at Finish Line, the local indy supply shop.

It probably isn't worth the trouble to go to the dealer unless you have to. There are some discount dealers (Caliber Motors is one) that might be worth the trouble.

If you DO have to buy from them, call first, and if they tell you they DO give a discount, get the name of the guy who promised it, write it down and perhaps call again before you leave the house.

Recent supporting evidence of above allegation that MB Dealer might not be best choice:

Price for a left front window motor at MB dealer: $229.00
Price for same motor, made in Germany by Bosch at Finish Line: $71.00.

Both prices in US dollars.
Both plus 7% FL tax.

Best wishes in getting the parts you need at a good price.
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Old 12-07-2003, 11:16 AM
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I purchased a battery at the dealer in Tucson last week and I asked about an MBCA discount. The answer was no, we haven't done that here for years.
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Old 12-07-2003, 12:41 PM
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You shouldn't even go to that MB dealer if they don't recognize
The MBCA, they will be most likely the price jacking MB dealers ,, and make sure to tell them them why you won't go back. ..

My dealer gives 20% off parts and supplies, which is usally a few bucks chaeaper then everywhere else online , BUT, FASTLANE
gets me the parts ALOT faster ..
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Old 12-07-2003, 04:29 PM
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I'd need about a 40% discount from my nearest dealer to equal FastLane on most of what i have priced from them. On the few things i would have paid extra to get that day, they needed 2 days to get them. Phil has them at my door next morning via Airborne, an i don't have a 2 hour drive to make when i SHOULD be working. I quit calling.
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Old 12-07-2003, 08:17 PM
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American Service Center (Arlington and Alexandria) and HBL (Tysons) honor the discount.

Depending on the mark-up on the part, they will sometimes do better to get the businesss.
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