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#224 of 252 Porsche: Euro Delivery discount?
Oct 25, 2006 (5:28 pm)
Any dealers who are friendly to ED and provide discount from US MSRP?
#225 of 252 Re: Porsche: Euro Delivery discount? [kelf]
Oct 26, 2006 (9:05 am)
There is no discount for Porsche - they are the only manufacturer that CHARGES for ED. But if you time it right they will let you go to one on their semi-annual test track jaunts.
#226 of 252 has this changed
Mar 17, 2007 (7:27 am)
Just curious if this has changed.
Back in 1988 while I was still in the military I got stationed in Germany for 3 years. I decided to ship my car with me seeing I was going to be there for 3 years. Before I could pick it up in Germany I had to have the catlytic converter removed, so when it comes off the boat you sit in line and have a AAFES shop remove the converter. fast forward 3 years, whe nI brought it home I had to have the Converter put back on to pass inspection in the states.
Do they build cars for sale in the US with the converter and cars for sale in Europe without? Or do the Europeans now use a catlytic converter on there cars?
BTW if there is anyone who is ever going to go over seas with the Military don't go through the hassle of taking a car. You can pick one up for a song from someone getting ready to come home that needs to dump there ride. At least when I was in Italy for 18 months and Germany for 3 years many moons ago you could pick up a 3 series BMW dirt cheap.
#227 of 252 Re: has this changed [joel0622]
Mar 17, 2007 (10:44 am)
Europe now has their own emissions standards that are not as strict as in North America. People who take vehicles over to Europe as part of their transfer don't have to deal with those issues any longer.
The reason you had to pull your converter was most likely because you couldn't get unleaded fuel there. Using it in a vehicle equipped with a converter would've damaged said converter.
#228 of 252 Test Drives on Ice Cover Lakes
Jun 14, 2007 (1:59 pm)
Do any of you stories of buyers going to Europe to purchase their cars? From what I read in the WSJ nice discounts are available for European cars purchased over there. They also provide test drives on ice cover lakes. Over there you can get a test drive and enjoy a European vacation with the money you saved on the car purchase!
Do you think I could get a matching deal here with a little grinding?
#229 of 252 Re: Test Drives on Ice Cover Lakes [rockfish1]
Jun 14, 2007 (4:21 pm)
Hate to say this but taking test drives on ice covered lakes on my vacation will never happen. Ice covered lakes means winter (when its also winter here) if I am taking a winter vacation the only ice I want to see is in my drinks.
#230 of 252 Re: Test Drives on Ice Cover Lakes [snakeweasel]
Jun 14, 2007 (6:27 pm)
Thanks for a reply, I was trying to change the topic back to some interesting stories but the effort seems to be lost in the crowd of bickering.
The WSJ did show a picture of a car on a frozen lake. I'm not sure where they obtained the picture for the story was in this week's paper when it was 90 degrees here.
If I would put out the money for a high level car I would like to test out some of its limits.
#231 of 252 Re: Test Drives on Ice Cover Lakes [rockfish1]
Jun 14, 2007 (7:02 pm)
Both BMW & Merc have European Delivery programs, and Volvo may as well, but I'm not sure (don't care, so haven't researched).
The BMW ED invoice price is significantly lower (I can't remember the percentage, but it's on the order of 6-8%) than the U.S. (with a corresponding sticker), for the car only. The options are the same price regardless of ED. Some dealers will negotiate the ED price, with $1000 over ED invoice considered a good deal. Some claim to have gotten $500 over ED invoice.
Either way, it's an attractive option to me. I've traveled in Germany on business a few times, so know my way around there (plus Austria & Switzerland), so that's my plan for my next car. Fly over on frequent flyer miles with my wife, don't have to rent a car (as we did on our last trip over there) & get a discount on a car optioned exactly as I want it. What's not to like?
However, dealing on ED prices isn't going to work very well if you bring the kind of attitude we've seen on this board lately.
#232 of 252 Re: Test Drives on Ice Cover Lakes [cdnpinhead]
Jun 15, 2007 (4:35 am)
Who is contacted for European pricing? Is it the car company directly or the local dealer.
Since the cars being shipped to North America are only the ones that were going to be shipped here anyway (no Europe only options) and with discounts up to 9% per the WSJ, I'm not sure how much is left for the dealer to make it worthwhile for him to be involved.