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Hey folks,

I'm looking at the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG model. The car is priced right around the area that I'm looking, but the optional packages on the vehicle cause the price to rise quite significantly, very quickly. Given this fact, I'm obviously going to have to sacrifice some of the features that I would otherwise be interested in having. However, since this is such a high-priced purchase, I'm also interested in ensuring that I get the car configured in such a way that I'll be happy with it.

I would imagine that trying to negotiate down the base price of the vehicle will be somewhat challenging, given the limited supply and high demand. Where I do see some opportunity for all of us as buyers, is in the options area. The options are vastly overpriced, in my personal opinion, and I therefore see some wiggle room for dealers to sell the vehicles. One idea I've though about is going into the dealership, prepared with a list of the optional packages that I want, and the price I'm willing to pay for each one. Once the seller is provided with this information, it's up to them whether they agree or disagree to the deal. Has anyone else tried this?

If they aren't able to wiggle at all, I probably forego the idea of purchasing this car. There are some other brands I'm looking at, with similar features and sportiness, but without the premium price tag.

On a slightly different note: Will this car be available for pickup in the EU? I would love to pick it up over there and enjoy better pricing (no delivery charge), while simultaneously enjoying the European countryside.

I'm doing ED

5% discount from Mercedes - 2% discount from my dealer - no destination fee (save about another 2%)

My wife and I are flying over and spending 2 weeks traveling - Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany

I am using FF miles for the flights
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