Loophole May Allow Up to $4,000 Discount on Mercedes-Benz
The loophole takes advantage of the Mercedes Fleet Program, typically reserved for companies maintaining a corporate fleet of at least 15 Mercedes vehicles. These special cash-back incentives, which range between $1,500 and $4,000, are made available only to executives of these select companies.
The key to the loophole is a creative definition of what constitutes an "executive". WellnessPro, a company claiming to be enrolled in the Mercedes Fleet Program, uses independent distributors as part of their main marketing channel, and here's the catch - these distributors are apparently eligible for the Mercedes Executive Allowance incentives - worth up to $4,000.
|2014 Mercedes E-Class||$1,500|
|2014 Mercedes CLS-Class||$3,000|
|2013 Mercedes C-Class||$2,000|
|2013 Mercedes E-Class||$2,500|
|2013 Mercedes CLS-Class||$3,000|
|2013 Mercedes CL-Class||$4,000|
|2013 Mercedes S-Class||$4,000|
|2013 Mercedes SLK-Class||$2,000|
|2013 Mercedes SL-Class||$2,000|
|2013 Mercedes GLK-Class||$2,000|
|2013 Mercedes GL-Class||$3,000|
|2013 Mercedes G-Class||$3,000|
|2013 Mercedes M-Class||$2,000|
Within days, you should receive a special EAB code that will honor these incentives at any Mercedes dealership. So basically, for a total up front payment of less than $350, you should be eligible for incentives worth up to $4,000.
Now, I need to point out there is a risk to this loophole - mainly that Mercedes may not honor the incentives if enough car shoppers start claiming them. In their fine print, they do mention having the right to change the incentives without notice. Because of this, I wanted to know if WellnessPro would be willing to offer refunds to those who signed up and were refused the incentives. Here was their email response:
"This is to confirm that WellnessPro will refund consultant registration fee and product charges to individuals who were unable to obtain their personal EAB Control Number through WellnessPro EAB Program with MBUSA.
All refunds will be processed if requested by the new consultant within 30 days of enrollment, given that WelllnessPro has received the product back in unopened, undamaged selling condition and that the consultant has provided WellnessPro with an official communication from MBUSA stating that they were unable to issue personal EAB Control Number for this consultant."
So there you have it, WellnessPro does state they will offer refunds if you're refused the incentive. If you're currently in the market for a Mercedes, this loophole is something I'd definitely look into - it could literally be extra money in your pocket if it works, and if not, WellnessPro says they will refund your fees. If you're leaning toward a competitive vehicle such as Audi, BMW, Cadillac, or Lexus, be sure to factor in these savings - it may change your mind.
Disclaimer: Please note that I have no relationship to WellnessPro and I DO NOT receive any compensation on anything related to this. None of this should be construed as an endorsement or recommendation for WellnessPro or Mercedes-Benz. I have not fully researched WellnessPro, so I urge you to do your own research before trying this loophole. This tip is provided for informational purposes only and there is no guarantee that Mercedes or WellnessPro will honor these incentives or refund offers.
For those willing to try this loophole, please send me details of the outcome so I can update my readers.
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