Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Get a New Car and a Vacation

If you plan to buy a new European car, you can take advantage of overseas delivery offered by most of the top brands. For example, you can fly to Gothenburg, Sweden for free and stay in a hotel for one night, take delivery of your new Volvo and drive it around Europe, then ship it home.

You can do that, at least if you live in the United States. These programs do not seem to operate in other countries such as Canada.

You need to order the car through a local dealer three to four months ahead, and be prepared for the fact that delivery of the car once you have shipped it can take up to two months. Still, this sounds like a great way to combine a driving holiday in Europe with a new car, and without haggling on price.

Volkswagen is the only major brand that does not offer this program. However, you may be able to purchase a new VW the way I did, through a German dealer. I bought an original Beetle at Mahag http://www.mahag.de, a big car dealer in Munich, drove it back to Italy where I was living then and around the continent for six weeks after my university term was over. My German wasn`t up to figuring out from the Website whether this program still exists.

One of the great advantages of touring Europe by car is the chance to get out into the country and explore less-discovered parts of the continent.


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