If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already read our guide to BMW’s Performance Center Delivery program, where you can choose to take delivery of your brand new BMW at the test track and factory in South Carolina. It’s a VIP experience for no extra cost (aside from travel expenses), and if you want to know more, learn about it here.
Maybe VIP doesn’t cut it for you, though. Maybe you want an experience that is truly special, a journey that will be as much about the bond with you and your BMW as it is the bond with the person you take with you. For you, only the most authentic delivery will do. If that’s the case, deliver yourself to Munich. The world awaits.
BMW European Delivery Program
Before we go into what all you’ll be doing on your trip, let’s get something clear: this program is really attainable. It’s not exclusive to the overtly affluent. In fact, as it says on the official website, European delivery actually costs less than standard delivery – an estimated savings of seven percent off the listed MSRP. For an explanation on how, as well as pictures and details of one customer’s trip, we recommend you read this write-up on Opposite Lock.
Bear in mind that the price of the European Delivery Program also includes:
- Complimentary shuttle service from the Munich Airport to the BMW Welt or downtown Munich Hotel
- 14 days of complimentary European road insurance and registration
- Complimentary factory tour and museum visit
- European inland transportation from the drop-off point to the nearest port
- Marine insurance
- Customs duty and clearance
- S. port processing and accessory installation
- Wharf and handling fees
You’ll actually be able to see just how much money you save on your car itself when you initiate this process. Because the European Delivery program is more elaborate than the Performance Center Delivery, we think it’s a good idea to walk through it step by step.
Step 1: Order Your BMW
Starting with what’s simple, you need to decide what car you’ll be meeting in Munich. When you order, you’ll see this spread of possible models. Remember, every X model in the world is manufactured in South Carolina, which is why they aren’t listed here. Just about everything else in BMW’s lineup is offered, though, and you can spec them to your liking. You can also hover over each model to see how much you save by taking European delivery.
After you’ve customized your car, you’ll need to stop by Leith BMW to finalize your order. We just need to do some of the usual paperwork to prepare you for the trip of your lifetime.
Step 2: Plan Your Trip
The sooner you place your order, the sooner your BMW will be ready and waiting for you, though some cars might take longer. Still, you’ll want to book your flight in advance.
You’ll also want to consider the time of year when placing your order, as colder months can make for adverse road conditions. There’s a law in Germany requiring car owners to properly equip their cars for inclement weather during winter months. From October 15 to April 15, all cars must be fitted with All Season tires, and some roads will necessitate snow tires or chains.
The driving portion of the European Delivery Program is optional. You could choose to leave your car in Munich while you travel and it will be shipped home just the same. We think that unless you’re planning on hitting the Alps for some skiing, you’re better off scheduling your trip for the summer time. That way you’ll get the full experience and your BMW will be able to stretch its legs on the Autobahn as it was meant to.
Step 3: Pick Up Your BMW
As a guest in Munich, you will of course be there to pick up your car at the stunning BMW Welt delivery center, and you’ll be treated as a VIP the entire time. The car is only the start of the journey, though. You’ll also have access to tours of the BMW Museum and 3 Series production facility, and you’re encouraged to venture out into the city as well.
You could spend a full two weeks just in Munich and still not see everything. There’s the city center surrounding the Marienplatz, the halls of scientific innovation in the Deutsches Museum, and the beautiful grounds of the English Garden. This is to say nothing of the famous beer halls scattered throughout the city, and the local cuisine is superb. Just take a moment to imagine visiting during Oktoberfest. If you time your order right, it’s possible.
Step 4: Drive through Europe
Time to put that temporary registration to use. BMW lists several different itineraries on the website that you can choose from, but you’re also welcome to customize your journey.
You could head south through Switzerland toward Italy, touring the pristine mountains and lakes. Perhaps your journey will take you toward the French Alps, or deep into the Black Forest. The best part about Europe is that nothing is really out of reach, especially not when you’re driving your BMW through gorgeous mountain passes and across the German countryside.
Wherever you go, it’s hard to go wrong. You’ll still need to pick an endpoint from the list of prescribed drop-off locations, and they recommend you have your car washed before turning it in. There are twelve of these locations across Europe, so you won’t have any trouble finding one near your destination.
Step 5: Homecoming
After you’ve turned in your BMW, it will be processed and shipped home. The voyage takes about six to eight weeks, and BMW North America will be able to keep you informed on the status of your car as it travels and passes through customs. Once all is said and done, your car will be delivered to Leith BMW and we’ll let you know when it’s ready to be picked up.
The European Delivery program is one of the most involved and rewarding experiences you can have with your car. It’s the ultimate adventure for your Ultimate Driving Machine. Let us know at Leith BMW if this is a dream of yours. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have, or you can also consult the European Delivery FAQ on the BMW USA site.