The European Delivery program allows one to fly to Munich to pickup their car, drive it around, and then hand it back to be delivered locally. So why in the world would anyone opt for this?
Firstly, their is no additional cost to you other than your own transport and travel plans in Europe. You do not pay to ship the car to the US, nor do you have to pay extra to take part in the program. In fact, you save money. Here is an example: A new BMW 320i with no options has an invoice of $29,945 (not including fees). If you walked in to your dealer, buying a car would take one of the few slots they have, called dealer allocation, meaning that you would likely pay $700 or more over invoice, making the total $30,645 (not including fees). The invoice for a European Delivery is $27,895 (not including fees)., but since the dealer does not sell one of its cars, one can buy it for $500 over invoice, making the total $28,395 (not including fees). Therefore, you have saved approximately $2,250 on a base car. The savings would obviously be bigger for a 5 or 7 series.
Granted, one does have to pay for airfare, but BMW has that covered as well. Buy one get one free (with the purchase of a new BMW of course).
Now those of you thinking about leasing may be saying “well…this does not apply to me!” How wrong you are! You can do a European Delivery on a lease as well, and save money!
Therefore, unless you simply don’t have the time or the patience to do a European Delivery, there is no reason not to (assuming you are buying a BMW)!