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|BMW's European Delivery, Part 1: Of Course Our Daughter Deserves a Bimmer|
|Written by Debi Lander|
|Friday, 07 August 2009 04:05|
Deciding to Purchase a BMW for Pick-Up in Munich, Germany
I must confess sitting behind the wheel of my BMW gives me confidence; I can count on the car's performance, safety and reliability. No wonder my blog at AutomotiveTraveler.com is "Bimmer Dreamer." For all those that don't know, bimmer is German for "beamer."
My husband and I decided it was time to lease a car for our 18-year-old daughter. Jay, being an overly generous father, decided to offer not just a safe, but superior vehicle. Nice Dad, huh... but he spoils her. So daughter Laura test drove various models of Lexus, Infiniti and BMW. Her decision was the 335i convertible BMW, absolutely the car I would have picked.
Plans had previously been made for Laura and me to take a trip to France. We simply rearranged dates and added a stop in Munich to our itinerary. By taking delivery of the car in Germany, we would save 7% off the sticker price--a sizeable chunk. And, we'd been told the presentation at BMW's new Welt (World) building, across from corporate headquarters, would be top notch.
Without much hesitation, the decision was made and we contacted our local dealer: Tom Bush BMW of Jacksonville, FL. Our sales representative, Don Newell, handled all the paper work in the States and with Germany. He arranged for delivery in Munich on the date we desired. We worked together to complete the purchase order at least 30 days ahead and make final payment two weeks prior to delivery.
BMW sent us a European Delivery Program information package and two luggage tags for our trip. The booklets explained what to expect and what to bring: a passport, driver's license (we also got international driver's licenses) and copy of the sales agreement. Hotel and special tour suggestions and discounts on airfare were also offered.
I also needed to select a drop-off location and date and confirm through e-mail. Buyers can choose to drop-off their new bimmer at five sites in Germany and many other cities throughout Europe. This means you can drive to say Italy or France and pre-arrange to leave the car, and fly home.
BMW handles all the paperwork necessary for the insurance and registration, providing 14 days of complimentary insurance. You may extend your stay for up to 5 months from the day you pick up the vehicle, but will pay extra for pro-rated coverage.
Vehicles received through this program comply with all US standards. Cars come with a temporary tourist plate and the restriction that they only be driven in European Union countries (about 30). Sorry, you have to stay out of tiny Lichtenstein!
There are no additional fees for shipment of the car, marine insurance, customs duty and clearance or any US accessory installation.
So, our updated itinerary included arrival in Munich by June 29th, in time to make a 7:50 a.m. appointment at Welt on June 30th. Salesman Don Newell kept us informed of all communications with Germany and even e-mailed wishes for a safe trip on our day of departure. Laura and I were off on an exciting adventure.
Stay tuned to read about our astonishing delivery day experience in Part 2...