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Claremore Driveway: 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450

mercedesSoccer Mom’s Revenge!

Let’s be clear, if we all unemotionally looked at the most efficient vehicle to move kids, we’d all be driving minivans.  Unfortunately, a whole generation of soccer moms apparently were traumatized by their parents’ minivans and now flatly refuse to drive them.

We’ve got families and we need lots of room, so off we go to the land of behemoths. Here come the Suburbans and Expeditions.

A couple of weeks a month, I pick up my grandson at Eliot Elementary school in Tulsa and I notice all these moms in Mercedes. So I copy the number off the back (GL450) and I go out in search of a supply of those for the soccer moms of Claremore.

New, these puppies start at $70k and can go as high as $90k. Since that doesn’t make sense for most of us, I did some research and found that the rich people were paying about $1500 a month to lease these for a couple of years.

Found I could buy these from Mercedes off 24-month leases for about $25k off sticker. The vehicle we’re driving today has all the stuff including NAV, blind spot radar, rear camera, TWO sunroofs, and video in the headrests. We can get these in a choice of colors for well under $50k, which is less than a new Suburban with the same stuff. The big depreciation hit has already been taken. Millionaires aren’t dumb. Millionaires buy used.

My name is Robby Melton. I’m old enough to qualify for a “senior coke” at McDonalds and don’t have to work anymore, but find myself here on the lot most days because that’s where the cars are. That advertising slogan,  “We sell cars for fun,” is not far off-base for my brother and me.

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