The waiting is the hardest/worst part of OSD. And you have to do it twice (order to pick up, drop off to US pick up).I'll put in a plug for the OSD. I picked up my new S80 this morning and my wife and I just drove over to Stockholm. Based on the research I did, with the OSD discounts I think I paid maybe $500 less to break even for what I may have paid had the dealer been able to locate the vehicle I wanted and so the trip is gravy. Certainly we'll need to pay some additional travel expenses for hotels and meals but Volvo flew us here and paid for the first night in Gothenburg. The biggest negative I can find about the OSD program after driving my car all day today is the wait I'll have to endure when we get home and wait for the car to be delivered, unless I can convince SAS to let me check it as baggage.
I read about OSD programs in general in one of the "smart money" magazines (Kiplingers, Barrons, Money, who knows) many years ago and decided then that if I ever bought one of those cars it would be OSD. Fast forward to last summer/fall when I decided on my first Volvo and was reminded of that original article by the small print in one of the brochures.I gonna pick all my cars in Europe as long as I find a suitable one in the Volvo model line-up...(and even if not - I will first consider other Eurodelivery brands, like MB, BMW, AUDI).
Lastly - Volvo OSD program is the best of the bunch...
That's correct. It is no longer true in California. The sales tax exemption if you keep your new car in Europe for more than three months is no longer available to California residents.So this may not be true anymore - I picked up my 2004 S80 T6 Premier (which I am now trying to sell) as an OSD... I saved a ton - including California sales tax (by keeping it in Europe more than three months)...
You just cannot put a price on the experience...........at least my wife and I could not............You can often get a better deal buying right off the lot -- because the dealer wants to get rid of the car.
With OSD, you can pick specific options rather than taking packages. For instance, we wanted heated seats but not the other parts of the "Climate Package". Via OSD we ordered heated seats at about 1/2 the Climate Package price.
But the real reason for OSD is the experience!
The OSD discount is about 3% these days...dealer has more to give...but add two round trip tickets, cost of Euro rental for the duration of a trip plus other tangible and non-tangible benefits...and you still are ahead...I just priced out an 2013 c30 with premier plus, add BLIS, Auto, Paint, Polestar, Ext. Style kit for OSD would cost. $33490. Same options for regular order from dealer at invoice including Dest Charge of $875. comes in at $31663 plus I would get an additional $1000 off for loyalty rebate for my xc90. Total $30663. That's $3000 less than OSD! WTH! Any ideas where the savings is?