In Reply to: European Delivery--Any/all thoughts are welcome... posted by H.T. Schultz on November 25, 1999 at 12:20:04:
I just placed an order for EuroDelivery last week... Generally in the chicago-land area, the dealers are annoying and take you for granted, but I've found a few exceptions. If they give you an attitude, the best way to get back at them is wave goodbye to them with you checkbook in your hand. That'll teach 'em a lesson. Most dealers actually do love Euro-delivery cuz they make a killing on it. most of the times, the dealers get away with selling the Euro-delivery car @ MSRP which will equate to nearly the same profit as non-euro delivery cars, while it doesn't cut into their allocation. What makes it even better for the dealers is that they never had to put a penny down for the car so no risk is ever involved, all they have to worry about is an extra sheet of paper work, 2 phone calls and keeping you happy. In essence it is free money for them. So, if you do go euro-delivery DO NOT settle for MSRP, negotiate from the invoice up. If the dealer won't negotiate, tell him you can take your free money else where cuz in the end, he's making an extra sell that won't cut into his allocation, which is the ONLY reason why it is so hard to get a good deal on the car. One of the most common negotiation schemes I've found thats used by the dealers here in chicago was that they'll say that it is just the market value of these cars and they can't go any lower. But stay strong, and just keep the notion that the market doesn't apply to you, you're buying a car thats outside the market since it isn't counted in the allocation. If you don't act too eager, you can get youself a really good deal. I can't disclose the dealer's name here(since it was part of my agreement w/ the dealer), but in the end, my price was 1300 over invoice (base and all options) and I get 1000 corporate rebate so in the end, I'm really paying 300 over invoice :)... lucky me... but I had to talk to 6 dealers to get this deal. Another helpful tool is that you don't have to ever go to the dealer to deal w/ them. so don't stay within your geographic region. A phone call is just as good, you can give all the information they need over the phone or through a fax. IF you do end up w/ a good deal, secure it w/ a deposite by using a Credit Card or something. You'll only have to meet the dealer when the car actually comes back from germany so you can afford to drive some distance to get this car, if thats what you're concerned with. Welp I hope this post helps and maybe if you order your car soon, we might have the same pick up date :)
328Ci Titanium Silver/Black Leatherette
Xenon,Wood,Heated Seats,GPS,Sport Pkg
2/4/00 Pickup (70Days 13:26:40 left)
I got a java applet thats counting down the time till my pickup running on my desktop constently :)
: I'm considering BMW's european delivery program but would like to hear some input from anyone who's taken advantage of it. Any problems? Any tips? Any interesting travel experiences over there (I've never been to Germany and would probably plan to combine a 7-10 day vacation with my pick-up). Do you simply negotiate your best price over here and then coordinate pick-up at the factory over there? When I discussed this option with a local sales rep I kind of got the brush-off. Does he receive less commission/hold-back as a result of Euro delivery? Any and all thoughts would be appreciated.