Updated 03/14/2013 05:00 AM
The Car Coach: European delivery
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European delivery allows you to pick up your car at the factory.
We are here at the Audi factory in Ingolstadt, Germany. Here you can meet your new Audi vehicle, see the design, engineering and performance and leave with a totally different connection with your car.
European delivery can be a part of the purchase of any German car as well as Volvo.
How it works. For all the European delivery programs, you order your car from the dealer three or four months before you want to pick it up. Prices are typically set at discounts of 3 percent to 8 percent off the U.S. sticker price. Then you plan your vacation. You can fly into the city where you’ll be picking up the vehicle or make it a stop along your route. You'll be provided with two weeks of car insurance, but you can pay extra for longer stays.
When you arrive, you'll be picked up at the airport and transported to a hotel, where you’ll be treated to a complimentary night's stay. The next day, you will visit the delivery center to claim your car and take a tour of the factory and the automaker’s museum. Hit the road for your vacation and, when you're done, drop the car off at one of several locations and it’ll be shipped back to the States for you.
Perks and pitfalls. Volvo provides the best perk: free round-trip airfare for two on Scandinavian Airlines. There's a $150 surcharge per person from June through August, but it's a drop in the bucket compared with what you'll save. Both Volvo and Mercedes–Benz waive the U.S. destination fee, saving you nearly $900 on the car itself.
Pick up your Porsche at the Leipzig factory and you’ll get a driving experience customized for your car—track time for 911, Cayman, Boxster and Panamera models and an off-road course for the Cayenne.
No matter which brand you pick, shipping the car back to the U.S. takes about 4-6 weeks. Not all German vehicles are available for European delivery. If the car is built in the U.S.—like BMW’s crossovers and most Mercedes crossovers—it's not on the menu.
The European delivery program for Audi allows you to order a custom-built Audi from the Audi factory, take delivery in person in one of two Germany factories, and then spend time driving your car in Europe. When you’re ready, you can have your Audi shipped at no additional cost to the U.S.
A guided tour of the Audi factory, a visit to the Mobile museum and ground transportation of your vehicle from any of the 14 established European drop-off locations is included. For more information, visit www.audiusa.com.