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I am just starting the process of looking to replace my Miata next spring (Yes, I like to plan ahead) and am starting the leg work now. So far I am VERY interested the OSD program but do have a few questions:<p>1. Is it possible to finance this process or must you pay for the car in advance?<p>2. Sounds stupid but what happens if you get there and you don't like the car (fit, finish, handeling). I mean cars do vary some.<p>3. The 2 free air tickest is that from ANY where in the US or just from a gateway city. I live in West Virginia and I can assure you airfare starting from here is HIGH dollars.<p>4. The in house travel department do they just handle the prepackaged trips or are they a full service travel agent.<p>5. If they are not a "real travel agent" can some one recomend a good one with Scandavian exp. My wife's grandparents are from Finland so we want to head over there as well as Sweden & Norway.<p>6. I noticed this year (as well as last) that when may comes around the $595.00 option packages are being let go for free on cars already built. Any one have an idea as to how hard it would be to get a slot to pick up one of these (assuming they do the same thing next year). I guess what I am asking is if they can only deliver so many cars a day is it necessary to start the process way in advance?<p><br>Thanks<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Looking for basic information? (cwilsong)

cwilsong...<p>Good questions! Let m etry to answer them in general, so you get a good picture of OSD.<p>1-yes, it is possible to finannce an OSD. I can give you some specifics on how to do that off the forum, if you would like.<br>2-when you do an OSD...teh car is yours when you get there. My strong suggestion is to "make sure" that the car you order is the car youwant. BTW...I ahve been doing OSD for quite a while...and I have never had a customer "not like" the car when they got to Sweden!<br>3-the 2 free roundtrip tickets are from ANY us city...no extra charges for departing from WV <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>4-Corp travel is a full service travel agancy. They can arrange a pkg tour or help you with any customized travel plans....or you can make your own itinerary and have them "shop" $$ for you. They are there to help....but you are not obligated to them for anything other than the 2 free tickets and the 1 free night at the Radisson in Gothenburg. I will mention to you that due to the nature of the "free" tickets from Volvo...any points/miles/ or club memberships cannot be used in conjuntion with the free tickets for upgrades or changes.<br>5-I will tell you that Corp travel has helped some of my previous customers arrange travel in Finland...so they may be a good place to gather some info to get started. FYI...SAS flights for Sweden to Helsinki are very resaonable!<br>6-The factory delivery center is staffed to do @ 20-22 deliveries a day...so summer deliveries do need to be booked well in advance..as do travel plans. That being said, OSD usually has some sort of incentive running for "in stock" cars. To correctly answer your question....it will depend on the exact car you want and the option pkgs you want. <p>Hope this helps to give you a better picture of the process! Let us know if you have more questions...we are ALL here to help <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Looking for basic information? (cwilsong)

Chuck, My husband and I just recently finished our trip, and are now awaiting delivery. We travelled at the end of May to fit in with our kids release from school. It was the perfect time to go, as we did have to pay for their tickets, which we were given a discount, but prices generally go up June 1 for European travel. Travel Corp helped us greatly, as we were given the Volvo rate for the Radisson for the 2nd night we stayed there as well as the night before departure. They do however charge you for making these arrangements, and I think it was $30 per item, so to speak. As you travel through Sweden, if you plan on staying at other Radisson SAS's, you can ask the customer service person to call and make that reservation, and if you tell them you are travelling because of Volvo, they may ask the other hotel to honor that discount. I am told that they will go out of their way to keep Volvo customers happy, and we found that to be true. Also, if you travel during the summer, because much of Sweden takes holiday, and I think parts of Volvo are closed for a few weeks, it could mean that your car will not be shipped immediately, because then they have many cars that need to be processed and shipped. Just to give you an idea of how soon you need to start the process, we ordered our XC90 in mid-March, and could have taken delivery as early as May 1. We did get in on the discounted/free package if we ordered a car that was "on the line." This saved us a whopping $7000. on the car and we got the best vacation we could have hoped for. We are planning for the next OSD in 2008. Like everyone here says "Volvo for Life", we are truly hooked.
 

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Re: Looking for basic information? (universityvolvoOSD)

Couple of things to add. <p>You can use your milage points to upgrade. Not thru Travel Corp, but at the airport. I have a United card and SAS is a part of the five star alliance. I did pay the 300 dollars extra each way to upgrade on SAS, but I was given the option to use my points to upgrade on the flight from LAX to Seattle on United.<p>Tavel Corp charges $$$ to do the foot running for you. Sometimes the best deals are on your own. However, they can attach out bound flights to the free tickets for a small extra fee. For an example. I wanted to fly out to Munich for the weekend during Oktoberfest. Travel Corp got me the round trip tickets for 180.00. A lot cheaper if I would have gone thru the airlines, and a much better method since the airline will see you as a international flyer instead of a domestic flight...which allows you to take an additional bag. They did charge a 30.00 processing fee, but I still came out way ahead. <p>I would not recommend using Travel Corp to book trains or hotels. Do the hotels thru Expedia and the train tickets Euro Rail.<p><A HREF="http://www.raileurope.com/us/index.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.raileurope.com/us/index.htm</A><p>Also the car...they can fix anything you see wrong. Minor stuff on the spot...bigger issues can be thru your dealer.<p>Good Luck<br>
 

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Re: Looking for basic information? (KillerB)

One more thing. Get a United Card at the airport if you don't have one yet. You can almost pool enough points from the trip to get another free domestic ticket.
 

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Re: Looking for basic information? (cwilsong)

First of all, welcome to the OSD forum! Always glad to see people interested in the OSD program.<p>Most of your questions have already been answered but I'd like to add the following:<p>Test drive the Volvo you want at a local dealer before you place your order. That way you know for sure what to expect when you pick up your car in Sweden. If the exact car + options you want isn't available to test drive, you might have to call a few different dealers in order to test drive something similar.<p>Planning ahead is good. We ordered our car 6+ months before we picked up the car. It gave us plenty of time to plan and schedule our trip. It sounds like a long wait, but it goes by quickly. <p>Also, feel free to post questions here on this forum. A year ago I posted more than my share of questions here and it was a tremenous help. I had very detailed questions like where to exchange money. And you know what? I got very detailed answers in return. Really put my mind at ease about the whole thing. Now I'm simply returning the favor. And if you decide to buy the car through OSD, a few weeks after you place your order Volvo will send you an OSD package with a DVD that gives you a good overview of the OSD experience. This won't answer all your questions, but it's a good starting point.<p>Best of luck- hope to see you around on the forum.<p>
 

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Just want to add that it's a wonderful experience and you won't regret it. In a more general sense, Scandinavia is friendly and a really relaxing place to take a vacation so combining it with a new car only adds to it.<br>I will say that not all Radisson SAS hotels honor the Volvo rate...it's really only for the one in Gothenburg but maybe you will be able to work something out if you plan on staying in more of them on your trip. In our case a couple of months ago they would not give any discount at the one in Copenhagen so they gave us an extra night free in Gothenburg which was very nice.<br>Good luck.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Big Will</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> In our case a couple of months ago they would not give any discount at the one in Copenhagen so they gave us an extra night free in Gothenburg which was very nice.<br>Good luck.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Who did you ask and how did you get that? I was thinking about asking for a discount in Copenhagen also. Did you ask in Goteborg? or the travel office here first? <p>
 

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Your discount may depend on which Copenhagen Radisson you are talking about......there are 3 (I think)....<br>go to <A HREF="http://www.radissonsas.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.radissonsas.com</A> and do a little research...then ask corp travel or email the Radisson in Copenhagen direct. I have always found that they will do whatever they can if they know you are using the Volvo OSD program and if you are informed and prepared. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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The one designed by Arne Jacobsen, the Royal. <p>I wasn't sure who to ask about a Volvo discount. <p>Also, we're planning on staying in Goteborg for two nights. Would it be best to ask Corporate travel here about a discount for the second night, or wait until we get there to ask, or call/email the Radisson ourselves ahead of time? <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by asja at 2:33 PM 8-7-2006</i>
 

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Corp. Travel booked our second night in Gothenburg at the Volvo rate but charged us a surcharge for the service. In retrospect I should probably have called to extend the stay directly, though the rate was good for the property. No criticism of CT... they were fine to deal with and the fee was relatively minor. My wife booked our hotels in Copenhagen, Amsterdam (Haarlem), and Brussels on Orbitz. She found great prices on some nice hotels. It probably helped that she booked in spring for our early June trip. Some friends, XC70 owners but not on an OSD, traveling at the same time booked some nice places through VRBO.com. BTW we also booked some of our ferry crossings online before leaving for Europe too.<p>You didn't ask but I'll volunteer: we picked up two unlocked GSM phones on eBay and ordered prepaid European SIM cards from United Mobile <A HREF="http://www.united-mobile.com/cms/website/index.php?lang=2&idcatside=26" TARGET="_blank">http://www.united-mobile.com/c...de=26</A>. They worked well but we made a mistake by not setting up our voicemail -- so we never met our friends in London. Skype also worked well when we had wireless connections, including at the SAS.<p>It really is a wonderful experience!<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by jackf at 9:43 PM 8-7-2006</i>
 

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Corp. Travel booked our second night at the SAS, at a small fee, in order to be guaranteed a room and the Volvo discount. I would also recommend that if you are going to return to Gothenburg, that you secure a reservation for those night(s)of your trip, as well. We did this (June '06) and ended up returning to Gothenburg a day earlier, but the hotel was booked. Luckily, we were able to get a room at the First Hotel G, for that night. Not knowing where to park, we stopped at the Radisson SAS and asked if they would park our car for that night, and they were kind enough to do that. <p>Also, as we left on our Swedish adventure, the concierge at the SAS called ahead to Orebro, and asked if they would discount our room, which they did. <p>Good idea to have a cell phone, too. I had called our cell phone service to be sure our phones would work, however only one did, and then not reliably. Not sure but you may be able to get some sort of prepaid phone when you get to Sweden. You may get better service this way, as your call is not routed through the USA. Telia is the major cell phone provider. <p>If you want to catch any special events, such as concerts, theater and the like, you may want to make those arrangements ahead, also. <p>It is by far the best way to purchase a car!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Have a great time.<p>
 

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Thanks for the info. I think I'll email the Radisson directly and see if they'll give me the Volvo rate. <p>We have cell phone service with T-Mobile, and they work world-wide (with tri/quad band phones). We've used them for several years and several European trips, and the phones work great. It's so much easier to keep the same number, so family can call us easily and we can also get voice mail. Plus, T-Mobile has excellent customer service. I'm happy with them.
 

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<p>This might be a stupid question, sure it is..<p>although is there anyway to do OSD without actually picking up your car in europe? and just having them directly ship it to you. <p>I'd like the price savings of the OSD, but don't have the time for all the pick up. <p>
 

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Sure is, Bob went and picked a car up that he didn't buy although he works for Volvo. I'll go as I said in another post. You just have to have my name on the title so I can pick the car up <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> , also my name on the free tickets <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>As I said in the other post I will do a thourough test drive on the Autobahn and the Ring with plenty of video and pictures <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> I would then drop the car off and return to the states, only thing left to do is sign the title over into your name when the car arrives at the dealer, then it's yours <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Actually get in touch with Bob Kennedy at UV he is itching to go again to Sweden, wire him the money, he puts the car in the name of UV and picks it up for you, car goes directly to your dealer and he finishes the paperwork, simple. For my services I get the second ticket Bob? Your personal tour guide <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Looking for basic information? (universityvolvoOSD)

If you could pass on some suggestions on financing a Volvo for the OSD, I would appreciate it.<p>I plan to buy a V50 next spring when my current lease runs out. When I spoke to the dealer, he suggested that I get financing through my bank. However, my bank is not keen on laying out the money 60 days or more before the car is registered in the States. (They want to make sure the lien is recorded)<p>I called Volvo Finance who said they were sure they could finance it, but that I should call the OSD number.<p>OSD said they knew nothing about financing, and said I was best to consult with my dealer.<p>So, I've gone in a full circle. What suggestions can you provide?
 

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Re: Looking for basic information? (BillFerg)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>BillFerg</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If you could pass on some suggestions on financing a Volvo for the OSD, I would appreciate it.<p>I plan to buy a V50 next spring when my current lease runs out. When I spoke to the dealer, he suggested that I get financing through my bank. However, my bank is not keen on laying out the money 60 days or more before the car is registered in the States. (They want to make sure the lien is recorded)<p>I called Volvo Finance who said they were sure they could finance it, but that I should call the OSD number.<p>OSD said they knew nothing about financing, and said I was best to consult with my dealer.<p>So, I've gone in a full circle. What suggestions can you provide?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Volvo Financ will finance the car but the rate will be way too high. If you have good credit (FICO score over 710), banks like U.S. Bank, JPChase Morgan and/or Wells fargo will finance an OSD vehicle with an acceptable rate. <p>Your salesperson is CLUELESS. Buy your car from someone who is knowledgeable. I do not understand why some of you, people, want to reward someone with you business (just because they are local) when they do not know what they are doing and/or are not willing to go the extra mile to find the answers for you...answers that will ensure better service <b>FOR YOU</b>.<p>This has been discussed over and over, here. Contact the sponsors of this Forum or the other people who know what they are doing and you will get AAA+ service.<p>Yannis<br>
 

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Re: Looking for basic information? (cwilsong)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>cwilsong</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>6. I noticed this year (as well as last) that when may comes around the $595.00 option packages are being let go for free on cars already built. Any one have an idea as to how hard it would be to get a slot to pick up one of these (assuming they do the same thing next year). I guess what I am asking is if they can only deliver so many cars a day is it necessary to start the process way in advance?<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>It seems that no one addressed your option pricing question.<p>Specials do change all the time but Volvo often has extra incentives on their pre-optioned cars. We just did an OSD on an XC90. If I special ordered the same vehicle, it would have cost $595 more since the Premium Package was discounted to $595 (vs $2995 retail) on special orders but free on the pre-optioned vehicles.<p>We did not have a choice since we ordered the vehicle 7 weeks prior to pickup and at that time we were told that Volvo needed 12 weeks for special orders.<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Looking for basic information? (shawn)

I am actually in the same boat as cwilsong (the original poster), planning a trip for next year. I am also not clear on the timing. Sometime between now and next September, I have to sell my Audi, order the Volvo and pick it up.<p>This year, the MY2007 specs became available on July 1 so I assume that July 2007 is the soonest you can order a MY2008 model. Unless things change, I’ll have to make a down payment of $2,000.00 at that time. How much time is there to come up with the rest of the money? I would need the proceeds from the sale of the Audi to pay for the Volvo. How much time do I have to sell the Audi? I am assuming that I will have to do a private sale because the Volvo dealer isn’t going to give me squat for the Audi.<p>Also, where do the SAS flights from the states land in Europe. Is it Copenhagen? If yes, is it possible to stay there for a few days before proceeding to Gothenburg?<br>
 

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Re: Looking for basic information? (eafenyes)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>eafenyes</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I am actually in the same boat as cwilsong (the original poster), planning a trip for next year. I am also not clear on the timing. Sometime between now and next September, I have to sell my Audi, order the Volvo and pick it up.<p>This year, the MY2007 specs became available on July 1 so I assume that July 2007 is the soonest you can order a MY2008 model. Unless things change, I’ll have to make a down payment of $2,000.00 at that time. How much time is there to come up with the rest of the money? I would need the proceeds from the sale of the Audi to pay for the Volvo. How much time do I have to sell the Audi? I am assuming that I will have to do a private sale because the Volvo dealer isn’t going to give me squat for the Audi.<p>Also, where do the SAS flights from the states land in Europe. Is it Copenhagen? If yes, is it possible to stay there for a few days before proceeding to Gothenburg?<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You need to pay-off the car, I believe 30 days prior to getting it. In other words, secure your financing before that time (or pay for the car outright if you can afford it).<br>SAS flies directly to Copenhagen from Newark, Seattle, Chicago and DC.<br>SAS also flies directly to Stockholm from Newark and Chicago. All are daily flights.<br>From Stockholm or Copenhagen you'll get a commuter flight to Goteborg. A short flight.
 
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