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We have decided on the XC60 using OSD.:) We have the 131 Price List from the Volvo OSD website. We have agonized over the model, packages and options using a spreadsheet to analyze it all. We have some additional questions regarding options that are not shown; we would like these to get answered before we commit.

• Is there an incentive discount for current Volvo ownership?
• We need a hitch for a bike rack which is not on price list
• We want to make sure we get the exterior moulding (lower sill rock protection) the same color as the exterior of the car.
• Can we get the all leather stick shift or do we have to get the lighted stickshift?​
We want to take our children who are both at University limiting our travel time to Dec 14, 2012 – January 7, 2013.

It would seem like the next step would be to contact Volvo. I see the toll free number on the Volvo OSD website but I also know I can go through the local dealer, the OSD dealer in Charlotte, NC or a travel websites promoting Volvo’s OSD. How do we choose and what are the benefits of each option?

Thanks for your input

Gwagg from Central Florida
 

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Hi Gwagg,

In my personal experience the dealership may not be able to answer all the questions you have with respect to the different options that you do not see. Volvo OSD may be a good choice. An alternative could be Bob Kennedy who is from a dealership in Charlotte, NC. As you may have noticed he makes frequent post and seems to be extremely knowledgeable or at least more than the dealership I worked with. My needs were simple, however, so my local dealership had no problem handling my transaction. I would start with Volvo OSD, and by the time you get an answer from them, the gentleman named Bob that I mention may have responded to your post, not to mention countless others who have an experience similar to yours.

I wish you the very best with getting what you want and trust me when I say, hitch or no hitch, molding or no molding, stick shift or not, there is no other car purchasing experience like Volvo OSD. My wife and I made our trip in July and just saw that is on the ship heading to the USA. Woohoo...Go Volvo!
 

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Let me try to answer some of your questions:

*The OSD Owner Loyalty is an extra free night at the Radisson Hotel in Gothenburg. You can split the 2 free nights up and use one for the day you arrive and the other
for when you drop off the vehicle for home shipment.
* The factory tow hitch is $1040. Do you already have the bike attachment? If so, measure the insert length and wide, to make sure it will fit.
*I am not sure you have an option as to the lower sill protection, but I can check for you
* The 2013 XC60 comes std w/ leather gear shift knob

The Factory Delivery Center does close for part of the Christmas Holidays, but usually not until the friday before the week of Christmas, which be 12/21. Then usually they have
some staff available on 12/27 & 28th.

I do see that you are in Central Fla. I have arranged a # of OSD's all over Fla (my hometown is Jax)...so let me know if I can help you.
 

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There is also a facebook group full of great information.

Note that you can order individual items (don't have to take packages). We wanted heated seats but not the remainder of the climate package. We did take the premium package even though there were components we didn't want -- but the package was the cheaper way to go.

We wanted to get the factory trailer hitch receiver but it turns out not to be available for North America. The dealer was able to add one.

I ended up ordering through the local dealer since they were willing to let me use one of their loaners for an extended test drive (this was my first Volvo, first OSD). If not for that desire to "pay back" I might've ordered through Bob.

Once you place your order, the waiting and planning begins. You can get great advice on what to see and where to go on this board and the facebook page.
 

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Update from my original post; I have learned so much in a month. My parents did OSD four years ago so I had an idea one what we were getting into. I hope this helps someone searching for the same information.

1. Go to Overseas Delivery program website from the volvocars.com webpage. Read, read, read...
Note: You get a 3-5% off MSRP depending on the car. The process is set pricing from the Tourist Website. You will get two round trip airline tickets and a single hotel night. This is possible due to Swedish tax breaks for tourism. US duties are reduced because the car is considered used.
2. Print or download the current price list and design your perfect vehicle
3. Call the OSD 800 number. We got this from the VOLVO OSD Facebook site. The ODS employee on the other end of the phone was incredibly knowledgeable and reassured me of the next steps.
4. Decide whether to go with a local dealer or with one of the two internet specialists that frequent this forum. I chose to go with my local dealer only after going questioning the dealership on if they were well versed in OSD. My local dealer has a loyalty program, this was the main reason I chose to go with them. Service will be done by the dealer which offers their customers a rental car for overnight service.
5. Plan your trip dates
6. A visit to The Volvo Store at Winterpark found us reviewing our dream car by comparing cars on the dealer lot.
7. We then reviewed the most recent sheet from the Volvo factory. This incentive sheet is updated weekly with vehicles that are at the factory with set options. The salesman did not find a suitable vehicle that met our criteria. We continued to order our vehicle by filling out the following forms.
a. Fill out the order form
b. Signed the Swedish Application for temporary registration. (Allows vehicle to be driven in Sweden)
c. Fill out the Power of Attorney
d. Put down $2000 deposit

The wait officially starts.

Dealer places the order, an order number is generated
8. The order is what is needed to call Volvo's corporate travel to start planning the trip.
9. we started to shop around for financing. Final payment is due thirty days prior to confirmed delivery (at factory)

This is where we are as of September 7th. More to come as we move through this adventure.
 

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8. If you so desired you could start discussing travel plans (we did) prior to getting your confirmation from Volvo. Granted, nothing will be finalized for quite some time.... They were very helpful for our needs. There are quite a few on this forum that suggest planning w/o using Corp Travel and doing the planning yourself.....your call. This was our first trip to Europe and we needed their assistance.........
 

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4. Decide whether to go with a local dealer or with one of the two internet specialists that frequent this forum. I chose to go with my local dealer only after going questioning the dealership on if they were well versed in OSD. My local dealer has a loyalty program, this was the main reason I chose to go with them. Service will be done by the dealer which offers their customers a rental car for overnight service.
We went with local dealer primarily because they were willing to let us borrow an S60 for a weekend. This was our first Volvo and OSD is a big investment in time (in addition to $), so I wanted to be sure it would meet our needs (including handing our steep driveway and have enough trunk space).

The dealers on swedespeed are very helpful but I felt the need to "pay back" the local dealer. I was willing to rent the S60 for the weekend, the only cost was gas.
 

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8. If you so desired you could start discussing travel plans (we did) prior to getting your confirmation from Volvo. Granted, nothing will be finalized for quite some time.... They were very helpful for our needs. There are quite a few on this forum that suggest planning w/o using Corp Travel and doing the planning yourself.....your call. This was our first trip to Europe and we needed their assistance.........
This is good advice. They can help you start planning/thinking about routing, times, etc.
 

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Update from when we ordered our XC60.
10. Finish financing and pay dealership
11. Start trip budget
12. Start trip planning
I went to bankrate.com and noticed that Pentagon Federal Credit Union had the best rate for new cars. After some reading I found that with a $15 donation to Voices for America's troops and a $5 membership due and I can join PennFed. I filled out the online form, the VIN was suppose to be optional but it would not let me continue. I put in 16characters and it went and approved my loan. I called 2 days later to talk with someone and I was told a check had been mailed to me the day earlier. It was made out to the Volvo dealership. I explained about the OSD and they were fine with no VIN as long as I update them with a letter and copy of the dealer order form. I called OSD a few days later and they gave me a new order form with the updated VIN. So we have a car with a VIN and engine serial number our payments start in November and we pickup the car in December.

Airfare has been booked and we decided on 13 days away from Central Florida. Wife wants to go to Salzburg, Daughter Zurich and I want to Snowmobile in the Alps while my son is open for anywhere. We are planning on being in Paris over Christmas. With four of us it is cheaper to drive with high gas prices than to do Ryan Air and trains. We are dropping the car in Copenhagen. Our original plan was Hamburg but the flight out of Hamburg was a couple hundred dollars more for our kids than Copenhagen.
 

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Airfare has been booked and we decided on 13 days away from Central Florida. Wife wants to go to Salzburg, Daughter Zurich and I want to Snowmobile in the Alps while my son is open for anywhere. We are planning on being in Paris over Christmas. With four of us it is cheaper to drive with high gas prices than to do Ryan Air and trains. We are dropping the car in Copenhagen. Our original plan was Hamburg but the flight out of Hamburg was a couple hundred dollars more for our kids than Copenhagen.
Have you thought about dropping off at Gothenburg and flying out from there? Is the flight from Copenhagen/home much cheaper than Gothenburg/home?
 

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When corp travel was looking at fares, Copenhagen seems to be the hub of that area. Removing the leg to Copenhagen was the way to save money.
 

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Update from when we ordered our XC60.
10. Finish financing and pay dealership
11. Start trip budget
12. Start trip planning
Airfare has been booked.
Wow. Your moving fast. I keep expecting to get that call to pay up anytime.
We're getting our car in Goteborg on Dec 11, after 4 nights in Rome.
 

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Update from when we ordered our XC60.
10. Finish financing and pay dealership
11. Start trip budget
12. Start trip planning
I went to bankrate.com and noticed that Pentagon Federal Credit Union had the best rate for new cars. After some reading I found that with a $15 donation to Voices for America's troops and a $5 membership due and I can join PennFed. I filled out the online form, the VIN was suppose to be optional but it would not let me continue. I put in 16characters and it went and approved my loan. I called 2 days later to talk with someone and I was told a check had been mailed to me the day earlier. It was made out to the Volvo dealership. I explained about the OSD and they were fine with no VIN as long as I update them with a letter and copy of the dealer order form. I called OSD a few days later and they gave me a new order form with the updated VIN. So we have a car with a VIN and engine serial number our payments start in November and we pickup the car in December.

Airfare has been booked and we decided on 13 days away from Central Florida. Wife wants to go to Salzburg, Daughter Zurich and I want to Snowmobile in the Alps while my son is open for anywhere. We are planning on being in Paris over Christmas. With four of us it is cheaper to drive with high gas prices than to do Ryan Air and trains. We are dropping the car in Copenhagen. Our original plan was Hamburg but the flight out of Hamburg was a couple hundred dollars more for our kids than Copenhagen.
Sounds wonderful......keep us up to date (you too COMark) and we will be with you in spirit along the way!!! :)

This is an experience you four will be talking about forever.......
 

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8. If you so desired you could start discussing travel plans (we did) prior to getting your confirmation from Volvo. Granted, nothing will be finalized for quite some time.... They were very helpful for our needs. There are quite a few on this forum that suggest planning w/o using Corp Travel and doing the planning yourself.....your call. This was our first trip to Europe and we needed their assistance.........
Getting a jump on the planning is useful. We were talking to Volvo travel right after the order went in and had our itinerary mapped out and ready when the order was official and in the system.
 

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Update from when we ordered our XC60.
I went to bankrate.com and noticed that Pentagon Federal Credit Union had the best rate for new cars.
Thanks for the tip. 1.49% is a tad better than the 2.99% US Bank (Volvo) is offering. Money so cheap I may borrow more than planned.
And PenFed is really easy to join.
 

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Getting a jump on the planning is useful. We were talking to Volvo travel right after the order went in and had our itinerary mapped out and ready when the order was official and in the system.
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Pentagon Federal

I bought my first (current volvo) through Pentagon Federal when I was stationed in Okinawa. I was active duty then and got 0% financing. My 2004 S60 has 223,000 miles on it and is running great, but starting to get electrical issues like both speakers on right side gone out, issues with the door locks once in awhile and the seats aren't looking that great anymore. Note to self: Get leather seats professionally cleaned more often with new car!

Great information on this site! Supposedly the dealer I go to in Tempe AZ has someone who is experienced with OSD. I'm going to go in there and see how much he knows......cause I feel like I know quite a bit now. I really want (NEED) someone with experience so it goes as smooth as possible.

Thanks for the great info!
 

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Seriously, if you want someone that is experienced, consider either Bob @ University Volvo (Charlotte, NC) or William - he's on the west coast. University Volvo is the sponsor of this forum and William is quite active and always gives great advice as well. Both have probably more experience than most. They will not solicit your business, and even if you choose to deal will a local guy, they will help you any way they can.

Many of us have done OSD's using one or the other and firmly believe their experience was an added benefit. :thumbup:
 

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I bought my first (current volvo) through Pentagon Federal when I was stationed in Okinawa. I was active duty then and got 0% financing. My 2004 S60 has 223,000 miles on it and is running great, but starting to get electrical issues like both speakers on right side gone out, issues with the door locks once in awhile and the seats aren't looking that great anymore. Note to self: Get leather seats professionally cleaned more often with new car!

Great information on this site! Supposedly the dealer I go to in Tempe AZ has someone who is experienced with OSD. I'm going to go in there and
see how much he knows......cause I feel like I know quite a bit now. I really want (NEED) someone with experience so it goes as smooth as possible.
Thanks for the great info!
Be careful if you know more about the OSD program than their expert.......
 
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