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Old 02-18-2020, 02:24 PM   #111
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And regarding the allocations Dealers get - they don't just get 1 lump allocation of units for the entire year. At least the larger dealers I have worked with and spoken with will get allocations throughout the year for build slots or even actual van orders that MB pre-picked options on. I have lucked out in the past with one of those orders that I was still able to modify extensively for the exact build I wanted (this case it was a '18 144 4x4 crew). Again, call around and be prepared to Fly n Drive. Also, make a list of the options you absolutely MUST have and others that you would like to have if possible. No real upgrades with the 20 over 19 platforms and you very well may find a good unit sitting on a lot or inbound that is still available nd meets 90% of your Option Wishlist.
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Old 02-18-2020, 02:29 PM   #112
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Just to be clear about 2020 and not on-lot 2019s do you think there are dealers out there with unused (yet to be ordered) 2020 slots? My local dealer scanned all inbound 2020s for my must-haves and then has been contacting those dealers to see if they are allocated or not (which they have been). Their understanding was that all 2020s were already inbound (at varying degrees of build status). The few 2020 builds they showed me were all still in Dusseldorf and headed to PNW in October. My hope is there's some remote MB dealer out there who's never ordered a 4x4 but has some slot left open for them but with only 4000 2020 4x4s it seems like they'd switched that allocation to their big hitting 4x4 dealers at some point.

I guess my question boils down to should I give up on elusive 2020 and concentrate on finding a compromise 2019? Any guesses when the 2021 order process would emerge? I hope my flares can sit in their box that long without distorting.
Every quarter new allocations are given to various dealers. You should call around to as many dealers as possible. See what their waiting list is like. The other thing is check forum every day under the SPECIALS heading. Some dealers post their allocations there.. Check auto trader..there still quite a lot of inventory across the nation

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Old 02-18-2020, 02:32 PM   #113
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I just stopped by MB Arcadia here in SoCal

I found 7 4x4s - all 2019 obviously - in just about every flavor
144 low roof
144 high roof
170 high roof
170 high roof ext

And about half as Crew models

And most with ZH4 which is the one option I really wanted but didnít get

Just putting it out there
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Old 02-18-2020, 02:34 PM   #114
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Same situation here - was all set to fly out to Texas and drive van back to NY. Found a nicely loaded 170 4x4 closer by in Rhode Island. Viti, RI collected NY sales tax and also took care of NY registration for us. Drove van home with a RI temp plate. NY plates arrived a few days later via FedEx. Saved us hours at the DMV! Regarding sales tax - not all states have reciprocal tax agreements. Not all dealers are authorized to collect another states sales tax. For the sprinter, RI dealer collected NY tax. For a Maine new vehicle purchase, I paid no tax, but owed entire amount when I registered in NY. To avoid surprises, ask before you sign. As a side note, I avoided Massachusetts all together because of their tax and transit plate issues.
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Old 02-18-2020, 03:07 PM   #115
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And regarding the allocations Dealers get - they don't just get 1 lump allocation of units for the entire year. At least the larger dealers I have worked with and spoken with will get allocations throughout the year for build slots or even actual van orders that MB pre-picked options on.
That has been my experience as well.

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Every quarter new allocations are given to various dealers.
No, I'm pretty sure they get them randomly throughout the year.

Another thing to be aware of, apparently dealers can trade build slots. When my 2019 Charleston build seemed to be stuck in an infinite delay loop, I told my dealer that I wanted to start looking for a German 2020 build slot instead. He didn't have one, but found one for me in a day or two.
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Old 02-18-2020, 06:47 PM   #116
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I just spoke to my dealer and he may be able to perform that magic (see above) again, getting a 2020 build slot on request. But only if you're truly ready to order. Call MB of Modesto and ask for Al Van Buren.
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Old 02-19-2020, 01:19 AM   #117
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That has been my experience as well.


No, I'm pretty sure they get them randomly throughout the year.

Another thing to be aware of, apparently dealers can trade build slots. When my 2019 Charleston build seemed to be stuck in an infinite delay loop, I told my dealer that I wanted to start looking for a German 2020 build slot instead. He didn't have one, but found one for me in a day or two.
Yes randomly given out each quarter.
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Old 02-19-2020, 06:45 PM   #118
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I have 2 4x4's in stock and 2 unsold ones coming in. They are out there.
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Old 02-21-2020, 08:37 PM   #119
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I ordered mine without the LED option and just had a stereo installer put in a switch to disable the daytime running lights so I can run the van at night and be totally dark if I need to.
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Old 02-26-2020, 04:12 AM   #120
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I think i read through this thread completely but apologies if i missed anything on the topic: My dealer told me that no German built 2020 4x4's (or maybe 4X2's as well) have been released to dealers/customers yet due to missing EPA/GOV/Whatever certification? Is this accurate and is this what others have been told? Assuming so, any word on the street on the progress of same or timing of release?

Again, apologies if i missed this in the thread.

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