Pick Your New Car Up Overseas

BMW dealership
Credit: BMW
There are a number of vehicles that you can purchase in the United States and take delivery overseas and have a great vacation driving your new vehicle, then drop it back off for shipping to your dealer in the U.S. I am surprised more people do not take advantage of this great program.

The automakers who offer this service do a spectacular job of making your delivery experience exceptional, with courtesy transportation to and from the airport, a special delivery room, some offer meals, and will help you navigate your trip before returning the vehicle. Most will offer you a tour of their assembly plant, and some even give you discounts.

Here is a breakdown of those who offer this service:

Audi has suspended its program for now, we donít know if it will be continued at a later date.

BMW does its deliveries in Munich, Germany. They give you a factory tour, have a lounge with food presentations, an engraved key chain, and a souvenir picture. In addition, if you choose to, you can take delivery in the United States at the BMW Performance Center. BMW also has arrangements with a number of airlines for discounted airfare. They provide 14 days of free insurance, a tour of the BMW museum and savings up to 5% off MSRP. BMW program

Mercedes-Benz offers up a 7% discount off MSRP plus no destination charges for those who take delivery in Sindelfingen, Germany. You will get a tour of the factory and two tickets to the Mercedes museum. They will serve you breakfast or lunch in the delivery center, free taxi vouchers, a travel concierge, and local navigation maps. Mercedes offers the longest time to stay, offering up to a year before you have to return the car for shipping, with 15 days of free insurance. Mercedes-Benz Program

Porsche lets you choose between two delivery locations, either Zuffenhausen or Leipzig, Germany. They provide you with GPS maps for your stay, a private factory tour, free admission to the Porsche museum, lunch in a VIP lounge. You also get a souvenir photo, free taxi vouchers, one night stay in a hotel, discount airfare through Lufthansa, and you get to try out your new vehicle on the Porsche test track. Porsche Program

Volvo will supply you with two round trip tickets for airfare to get you to Gothenburg, Sweden. They give you one free night of lodging. They will load up your GPS and you can rent winter tires if you go during bad weather months. Volvo will allow you to stay six months before shipping the car back and give you 15 days of free insurance. Volvo Program

McLaren gives you a champagne reception upon your arrival at the factory in Woking, England followed by a gourmet lunch. Large sliding doors open for the reveal of your new McLaren. If you desire, you can take private track lessons. McLaren Factory Handovers

Obviously, these programs are not for everyone, but if you were planning a European vacation anyway, how cool is it to order exactly the vehicle you want, see where your car is made, and then tour the country in it. Just be sure to plan your vehicle order well in advance to coordinate the rest of your trip.
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Mark Lisle
We took advantage of the Volvo Overseas delivery program for our XC90. In addition to the items listed, we also received about $6000 in savings on the SUV. Volvo also provides a lunch at the delivery center, all transfers to and from the airport, hotel, and delivery center, and a tour of one of the plants. We visited the stamping plant and also had a super trip to the Volvo Museum. First Class treatment in every respect. We spent a week driving around western Sweden and staying in old manor houses or seaside resorts. Travel in Sweden is easier than the US. Roads are better, drivers are more courteous, and traffic is lighter. This was our most enjoyable vacation.
The Car Pro
Thanks for sharing Mark, I am glad everything worked out for you!

Jerry Reynolds