Luxury car manufacturers tend not to go in for splashy customer cash rebates. Instead, when high-end carmakers need to move the metal, they use super-low lease rates, special financing deals or dealer cash.
Dealer cash incentives are like rebates except they are not advertised to the public, or even openly discussed, and the money goes to the dealership, not the customer. The purpose is to allow the dealer to negotiate a lower selling price without having to use the term "rebate."
In the case of 2009 SLK350, a sporty hard-top convertible two-seater, dealers are being offered $10,000 in cash, according to Edmunds.com. With all that cash to play with, dealers will be discounting SLK350s by about 22% on average, according to Truecar.com.
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