Hi to all.
Been a member of SLK Forum for couple of years now, since I started trying to convince the other half an open top car would be fun.
Currently leasing a C Class (don't hiss) but I've really enjoyed driving it. Bags of power when I put my foot down, plenty of economy when I'm more gentle.
With the demise of the SLK name, the leasing deals are starting to dry up and the SLC deals (although similar OTR price) are still relatively expensive.
Hopefully prices will settle down by end of September, when my lease is due up.
Anyone got any opinions of SLC lease prices after September, or recollections of early R172 lease deals and how long they took to settle?
Mercedes Finance in the UK have the best lease deals and they work in quarters, starting in December bizarrely, so the lease prices now will have been set in March. In my experience you get the most aggressive leasing deals from the Q1 pricing (December, January, February) when sales of convertibles will be low but they want to keep the order book full. This is also the best time to order your car because a February order is generally delivered in May or June. Perfect!
BUT the best lease deals are on stock or pipeline cars that are 99.9% standard spec or standard with desirable options (metallic paint, heated seats, Airscarf) anything other than that and you get quoted stupid money because you're paying for the option over the course of the lease (I wanted the Driver Assistance Package, but at £1200 over 24 months it added £100/month to the lease) so unless the car is sat at the dealer, it looks like you're being gouged for options. You're not, you're just not seeing the massive subsidy that Mercedes Finance is putting into the base spec car being carried over to the options list.
A fully optioned 250d will cost the same to lease as an already well equipped base SLC43, so it's REALLY easy to spec that petrol car unless your company policy is diesel-only.
Anyway - order a base car in February for the best price and summer delivery. From what you say about your lease finishing in September, you won't have that option unfortunately. Maybe extend for the winter and get your new car in Spring instead?