In Reply to: Do I REALLY save with European Delivery? (more) posted by J.B. on September 20, 1999 at 17:59:53:
The reason this car isn't yet available for Euro delivery is because the factory can barely keep up with dealer demand, even though dealers are on allocation. This should change in a few months.
Yes, you can save money even after going to Europe if you shop carefully. A quick round trip and few nights accomodation should cost much less than $1000 (or less than $1500 for two persons). This wouldn't count as a vacation, per se, but you would still have a chance to pilot your new BMW in its natural environment while still saving money.
Offsetting travel costs are two savings. First, the invoice price is lower ($2800 less for 328i, a little less for 323Ci). Second, you may get a better deal, measured by $$$ over invoice, on European delivery. This is because it doesn't come out of his/her allocation. (N.B. not yet true for the coupes; wait a few months). In some markets, like the S.F. Bay Area, this is a huge factor.
It CAN cost more if you take a longer trip or travel in high style. But you're getting a subsidized vacation for goodness sake, even if it isn't free. This doesn't make European delivery a bad deal.
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: I am planning on buying a new 2000 323Ci and I want to know if the European Delivery Program really saves me money. I know that the Invoice and MSRP prices are in fact lower, but when I figure in the plane fare and hotel accomodations, won't it end up costing more or just about the same price as if I hadn't gone with the European Delivery? Please post your comments, past experiences, or advice! Thanks a lot!
: PS- My immaculate 1997 328i is for sale! As soon as I sell it, I'm gettting my 323Ci! If you anyone who is interested, tell them to check out this website for all the details, info, and pics!