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If you are seriously considering the purchase of a CLA and are interested in exploring a Group Buy opportunity in the NYC metro area (somewhere between Northern NJ, Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield Counties) then please send me a Private Message titled "NYC Metro Area Group Buy."

I would like to gauge the number of people who are serious about placing an order. At least one dealer has expressed interest in possibly working on something but I don't think any dealer will commit without some more information (e.g., how many people we are talking about). At this point I'm just trying to figure out if there's any real opportunity to leverage our collective buying power. With the right numbers I believe there is...maybe. This is a potential win-win for the right dealer(s) assuming the numbers are right...and there are A LOT of dealers in our area.

Please do NOT send me personal information. I don't want it...ever. For now, I'm thinking the following is all I need:

1) Your screen name (which will come through in the message)...although a first name would also be nice.
2) If you're absolutely dead set against traveling to a specific location (e.g., you live in Cherry Hill and have no problem considering a trip upstate for the right deal but won't go into NY or CT) or working with a particular dealership (e.g., because you've had a bad experience) please let me know.
3) If you have a specific time frame by which you must or would like to finalize a purchase that info would be useful, too. I, for example, don't. As much as I'd love have a CLA45 tomorrow I can wait if need be.
4) The model you're interested in -- CLA250 or CLA45. Don't worry about the options right now.

I will share all of the details with the group unless anyone has any objections and will use this thread for any material updates. If dealers ask for more detail we will address those needs on a case by case basis. Please do not PM me if you are not serious about purchasing or leasing a CLA this Fall/Winter.

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-Eric
 

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Come on, folks. 17 members identified in Northern California. I know there are a number of people interested in buying a CLA in NY, NJ and CT.

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I would have been interested but I'm doing a European delivery :in love:
 

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I will be working closely with Eric on this. :)
 
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Okay, quick update.

I've received PMs from a few dealers and people working with dealers. At this point, we are about 5-6 strong and, hopefully, continuing to grow. I will post more information later and as I receive it.

The overwhelming response has been positive so far.

Eric
 

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Come on folks, I know you're out there. Please remember that PMing me is not a commitment to purchase -- it's simply a statement of serious interest. If the numbers don't work for you (or me, for that matter) then a deal may not come together or it may not come together for you (or me). I'm just looking for a headcount of people seriously considering a purchase or lease (subject to the right offer).

Please help spread the word!

-Eric
 

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I am in and am seriously interested to buy CLA 250 , Lives in north New jersey ,
I browsed the MB USA forum and made selections on color, trims, interiors and packages

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Keep the PM's coming in! :)
 

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Thanks for all of the help, JP!

Come on fellow CLA enthusiasts. I know there are more of you out there. I'm re-checking my numbers tomorrow but it think we are 7-8 strong in total.

-Eric
 

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Placed my purchase deposit for what i thought was a mutually-fair deal on a fully-loaded Cirrus White CLA 45AMG with Carriage House of New London, CT back in mid-June. My order was confirmed a few days later by M-B although I still have the ability to change color and/or options right up until final build specs need to be finalized later this month. My order was the first CLA 45AMG received by the dealership and I was told to anticipate an arrival date sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Good luck with your group purchase!
 

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4% off car price plus a minimum of 4% off of every factory installed option. Some options will be given more substantial discounts than others and will be finalized once I authorize the final build specs. I have purchased several M-B's from Carriage House of New London including two in the driveway right now and I have always been pleased with the manner in which they conduct business. Sounds like the buyers that you are organizing will be looking for a dealership closer to the NYC metro area but anyone in the SE CT area might be well-served to give Scott Taylor the General Manager a call.
 

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Hi Everyone,

Another quick update...

We're up to about 12-13 people who have expressed serious interest in a CLA. Most of the people who have reached out to me are interested in 45s, only a couple in 250s. Please help me spread the word about this thread. The bigger we are the more I think we bring to the table.

-Eric
 

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Come on folks -- we're up to almost 14 CLA45s and a couple of 250s. My sense is that more is happening on the 250 front due to allocation limits on the 45 but please PM me (if you haven't done so already) so that I can continue to build upon the list of people interested. I haven't given up yet! :)

-Eric
 
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