TodayApril 17, 2022

European Delivery

The trip of a lifetime

Two years ago my cousin, Andrew, and his niece flew into Stuttgart where they were taken by taxi for a tour of the Mercedes-Benz factory, lunch and then they picked up their brand new American-spec Mercedes-Benz.

European delivery programs have been around for a long time. Most people that take European delivery time it so that they can tour Europe in their brand new car. Andrew took the “Black Forest-Alps Rally package ” that took him to some of the finest hotels in Germany. Andrews’s favorite was The Inter-Alpen, near Innsbruck.

Most European auto manufacturers have information about European deliveries on their website, including:

  • how to order your car,
  • setting up vacations for you,
  • insurance while driving in Europe and
  • shipping your car back to the United States. Be sure to bring with you:
  • A copy of your car order
  • Proof of payment
  • Your passport or other personal identification (in some cases an international drivers license is required)


    BMWs European Delivery program, according to Bill Scully, BMW Product Communications Specialist, means exploring Europe at your own pace “ savoring the performance of your BMW on the Autobahn…visiting a European ski resort…a leisurely drive through lovely villages. Customers can explore Europe at their own speed and on their own terms, and save up to 7% off the base retail price. Customers can pick up their cars at BMWs Delivery Center, just a few minutes from Munich. The purchase price includes:

  • Tourist registration of a vehicle
  • Insurance for 14 days
  • Inland transportation to European port for shipment home
  • Ocean freight
  • Marine insurance and port processing
  • Customs duty and clearance
  • ¢ Wharfage and handling fees. To be eligible for the program, the customer must:
  • Be a resident of the U. S.
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a valid driver’s license.BMW European Delivery customers can now enjoy an optional exclusive European driving tour developed by Conde Nast Traveler in conjunction with Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc. You can choose from three custom-designed 6-day/5-night itineraries that begin behind the wheel of a new BMW:
  • The Lakes “ Munich to Milan via Lucerne and Lake Como
  • Swiss Alps “ Munich to Lausanne via Zurich/Interlaken
  • Mozart and Castles “ Munich to Vienna via Salzburg and Prague.


  • Mercedes-Benz offers a 7% customer savings on C, E, S, and CLK-Coupe model European Delivery purchases. Mercedes asks that you allow three months prior to your travel to ensure you get the model and all the options you desire, (four if your vehicle includes 4MATIC). Mercedes offers added bonus with their European delivery:
  • One night s accommodation, including breakfast, at one of 12 participating first-class hotels
  • 15 days European road insurance
  • A full tank of fuel
  • Two Stuttgart taxi vouchers, from the airport to the hotel and to the European Delivery Center
  • A 90-minute tour of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Sindelfingen, Germany where customers experience first-hand the care, quality, engineering and skill that go into creating every Mercedes-Benz vehicle
  • Breakfast or lunch at the European Delivery Center
  • Inland transportation from 12 European drop-off points to the port of shipment
  • Marine insurance and ocean freight to the U.S.
  • Vehicle Preparation Center processing and transportation to the selling/delivering dealer
  • No handling or shipping charge.If you’re over in Europe on the business you may want the standard package where you stay one night (one or two people), see your car, kiss it au revoir and both of you start your way back to the States. Or you can opt for the Black Forest-Alps Rally Package that Andrew had such a wonderful time on. You and a partner cruise along with a self-guided “rally” that takes you from the Mercedes factory into the Black Forest and then into the Austrian Alps, where the Arlberg Pass will bring you close to Innsbruck. From there you’ll head north to scenic Munich. The package price is $1,300.00 per couple.
  • Porsche If you want to join a group Porsche has group tours available to Porsche Cars European delivery customers each year in late spring and in the fall. For the same price as the regular European Delivery program, the Grand Tour invites new owners to spend their delivery day with a group hosted by Porsche. In Stuttgart, where Porsche builds and delivers their sports car line, the Grand Tour begins with a cocktail reception and welcome dinner. The following day, the group enjoys a visit to the Porsche museum, the Exclusive Department, a VIP Factory Tour, and lunch at the factory Kasino. As an added bonus, the group will get the rare opportunity to visit the famous Weissach test track, where Porsches professional drivers provide test rides in various Porsche models. Afterward, the group travels back to Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen to take delivery of their new Porsches. The Grand Tour ends with a farewell dinner that evening.The dates for the Stuttgart Grand Tours are: Spring Grand Tour: May 11
  • 12, 2006 Fall Grand Tour: September 21 “ 22, 2006If your next Porsche, will be a Cayenne, you may want to consider joining Porsche for the Cayenne Grand Tour. This will take place at Porsche’s new facility in Leipzig, Germany, where they build and deliver the Cayenne and Carrera GT. This program includes a welcome dinner, city walking sightseeing tour, test rides on Porsches on-road and off-road tracks, lunch at Porsche s delivery center restaurant, a tour through their delivery center, including the track control room and a visit to Porsches new and vintage car exhibition level before you take delivery of your new Porsche. You will then be given the opportunity to take test rides in various Porsche models with Porsches professional drivers on their Formula I-approved race track! The Grand Tour concludes with a farewell dinner that evening. The dates for the Leipzig Cayenne Grand Tours are:
  • Fall Grand Tour: October 12 “ 13, 2005
  • Spring Grand Tour: June 21 “ 22, 2006
  • Fall Grand Tour: October 12 “ 13, 2006


  • You can choose to pick up your new Saab in one of Europe s beautiful cities below, including Saab s hometown of Trollhattan, Sweden. Ask about getting a tour of the factory as well. You ll receive a complimentary pass to the Saab Museum in Trollhattan where you can see the evolution of Saab, from the very first hand-built prototype to concept cars of the future. Besides Trollhattan, Sweden, delivery is also available at your choice of any of these beautiful cities:
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Paris, France
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Rome, Italy
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Malm?, Sweden,
  • Stockholm, SwedenYour price will be 9% discount versus the MSRP, applicable on the 9-3 and 9-5 product lines. To help you with the cost of your airfare and accommodations, Saab will give you a $2,000 travel allowance. Your Saab will be outfitted with Swedish export plates, good for 6 months. Free home shipment up to 5 years after delivery (certain drop off ports have additional charges) Special Saab insurance can be arranged for the duration of your stay. Roadside assistance will be available 24 hours a day.


  • Volvo has an overseas program that allows you to order the Volvo of your choice at a local car dealer. You can pick up your new Volvo at the Gothenburg Factory Delivery Center or at any official delivery location. Volvo has specialists that will help you with;
  • Flight & Hotel Specials
  • Winter Travel Offer
  • Roundtrip Travel Offer
  • Overseas Adventures
  • Package OfferPart of the Overseas Adventures includes winter travel offers. This year the trips are to Barcelona, Spain, or Stockholm, Sweden. Each destination is priced at $595 (usually a trip like this runs about $1,500) for 2 persons. This offer is valid for new orders beginning August 15, 2005, with delivery in Europe between September 12, 2005, and April 28, 2006. The Barcelona trip includes (for 2 persons):
  • Roundtrip airfare on Scandinavian Airlines (U.S.- Copenhagen – Barcelona – Copenhagen – Gothenburg – U.S.)
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel
  • 3 nights stay at the 3-star Hotel St. Moritz in Barcelona including breakfast
  • 2 nights stay at SAS Scandinavia in Gothenburg including breakfast. The Stockholm trip includes (for 2 persons):
  • Roundtrip airfare on Scandinavian Airlines (U.S.- Copenhagen – Stockholm – Gothenburg – U.S. – Stockholm – Gothenburg – U.S.)
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel
  • 3 nights stay at the 4-star hotel SAS Royal Viking in Stockholm including breakfast
  • 2 nights stay at SAS Scandinavia in Gothenburg including breakfast. Andrew got a 7 percent discount on his Mercedes by buying the car in Germany. He cautioned that most car dealers in the United States won’t tell you anything about the European delivery. He also said to give yourself a six month lead time so that they can build the car and prepare it for you. Andrews Mercedes was made to American specs, but be sure to check with the manufacturer you are ordering from. Most importantly, he says it is the best way to buy a European car.
Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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