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DaimlerChrysler Announces Rules for the 2004-Model Year “Fast Start” Allowance Program

July 28, 2003

On July 16, 2003, DaimlerChrysler announced the official rules for its 2004-Model Year “Fast Start” allowance program. The purpose of the program is to encourage fleet customers to get orders in early, so production may be scheduled on a timely basis. The program runs from May 18, 2003 through Oct. 31, 2003 unless otherwise notified. The program consists of an Order Bonus Incentive. It offers an off-invoice credit of $300 for commercial fleet and individual lease orders, submitted within the program period, that do not have a preferred shipping period beyond Nov. 30, 2003. Orders for customers with an all inclusive Volume Incentive Payments (VIP) will be excluded. All franchised DaimlerChrysler Motors Company LLC dealers with primary dealer codes are eligible to participate in this program. Secondary dealer codes are also eligible. VEHICLE and SALE TYPE ELIGIBILITY: All new and unused 2004-model year: Stratus and Sebring Sedans Jeep Liberty All Minivans (Excluding eX Models) The following sale types are eligible under this program: Type Sale 3 – Commercial Fleet. Type Sale 5 – Fleet Lease. Type Sale 6 – Individual Fleet Lease. All sales must be transmitted to DaimlerChrysler Motors Company LLC within two working days following the vehicle delivery. As of March 1, 2003, DaimlerChrysler revised its definition of a DaimlerChrysler Fleet Account as follows: Any individual or company that does not presently have a Fleet Account Number who: a) purchases and registers or leases 5 or more new vehicles (any make or model) during the current or preceding calendar year, current or preceding model year or preceding 12 month period, or b) currently operates a fleet of 15 or more vehicles (owned or leased), MUST complete the enrollment procedure necessary for issuance of a DaimlerChrysler Fleet Account Number (FAN). In addition, it is the dealership’s responsibility to determine a customer’s fleet eligibility. To assist with fleet eligibility and enrollment procedures, please contact the DaimlerChrysler Fleet Information Center 1-800-999-FLEET(3533). NOTE: Fleet Accounts currently enrolled in DaimlerChrysler Fleet programs will continue to be registered fleet accounts and will not be required to re-enroll (unless notified otherwise). The fleet account number (FAN) previously assigned will remain in effect.
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