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  1. Halo

    Mercedes Owners Thread

    Sounds like a fair price for your Vezel. With 75k km servicing I am assuming service credits of 6-8k? Plus the PPS, battery, brakes, aircon wash, fuel vouchers, etc., that is about another 5k. Then 2k for the iPhone so total about 13-15k, which brings your net cost to 144-146k? Seems like an ok deal considering it is from AD. I don't normally factor in value to solar film, cameras, welcome pack, etc. That's pretty standard with every car if you take the loan with them. Which brings up the other key point which is how long is the loan and how much is the downpayment as that adds to your effective cost. Congrats! You will enjoy the change in ride quality from your Vezel to A200.
  2. Halo

    Mercedes Owners Thread

    And what is the offer price (besides service credits and over-trade), as you need that to determine the net price of your car itself.
  3. Halo

    Mercedes Owners Thread

    I just had a tyre leak a few days back and the TPMS popped up on my dashboard. Certainly a useful feature to have. I drove to the merc centre and had it fixed for $10 and took the opportunity to rotate my tyres at the same time. If you are concerned about the high cost of replacing the TPMS when the car is 6-7 years old, consider switching to non-run flat tyres (which will be cheaper than run flat) and put in a tyre repair kit in the boot and/or have your AA membership for service on call.
  4. Halo

    Mercedes Owners Thread

    I've travelled for over a month before and no problem starting my car (C180) after I came back. I was advised to switch off my aircon so that it doesn't start automatically when you switch on the engine as apparently the aircon draws a lot of power from the battery at start up.
  5. Halo

    Mercedes Owners Thread

    Thanks for the offer and heads up, but my car still <1 yr so still with AIG. QBE should be fine. I will definitely look around after year 3!
  6. Halo

    Mercedes Owners Thread

    That's impressive! Who did you use? For myself, as long as the authorised list has decent quality workshops, it should be fine.
  7. Halo

    Mercedes Owners Thread

    Bro, think your info on motor insurers not the most updated. Motor insurance industry lost $12.6m in first half of 2018 but made a PROFIT of $10m for the WHOLE year of 2018 which means they made around $22.6m in second half 2018. At that rate, 2019 should be a pretty good year for them... https://www.straitstimes.com/business/earnings-u-turn-for-motor-insurers AXA has a knack of increasing premiums after the first year with them. I changed insurer after they did that to me. I heard from some that China Taiping has been quite aggressive in pricing in the past.
  8. Halo

    Petrol Price Movement in Singapore

    Thanks for info! Sounds like a good deal. I have Citi cashback card too but seldom use it. Will explore this option now.
  9. Halo

    Petrol Price Movement in Singapore

    Esso offer is definitely better! Can I ask which credit card do you have to use to get this offer from Esso?
  10. Halo

    Petrol Price Movement in Singapore

    SPC at Upper Thomson is now offering $4 vouchers for every $60 fuel purchase from Oct - Dec. But can only use at their station. I just pumped there last Sunday and got the vouchers. Think it should still be available.
  11. Halo

    Mercedes Owners Thread

    I've not had such an experience to date. But if less than 2 years old, it is still under warranty so AD should get it fixed since they say it is a drive shaft issue.
  12. Halo

    Mercedes Owners Thread

    Good point! I guess if it is a referral, the SE would feel compelled to give a better deal.
  13. Halo

    Mercedes Owners Thread

    Interesting. My experience quite the opposite. I spent one year talking to a young SE for my merc who refused to budge on loan quantum (50%), loan tenure (5 years), no GPS. Gave up and booked car through him but fortunately deal fell through due to his miscommunication so I went on friend's referral of his experienced SE. Outcome within a week with virtually no haggling - loan quantum reduced (70k) , loan tenure reduced (3 years) and he threw in GPS without even me asking. I assumed it was because the young SE maybe had limited flexibility while the seasoned guys are given more flexibility by management.
  14. Halo

    Mercedes Owners Thread

    Ah, I got the pre-facelift W205 too. Hope you got a good deal. I am sure the new A will be priced at a nice premium! I would like to give it a test drive when it comes though. Interested to see what the MBUX is all about.
  15. Halo

    Mercedes Owners Thread

    Nice! The new A class! Heard that they are taking cheques but have not finalized pricing and package details yet. Is that true?
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