I swear, if I was living in the US and buying a new Saab, there’s no way I wouldn’t do this at least once.
The European Delivery Program.
Saab did around 200 Euro Deliveries in 2005. Jacek, a dealer in Houston, left a comment earlier in the week that Saab had budgeted on 300 Euro Deliveries in 2006. By the end of March, they’ve already booked 150. Good news for Saab!
SaabUSA has a page on their website about EDP that you can view by clicking here. All the details are there, including the various cities around Europe where you can pick up / drop off your Saab and the charges for doing so. There’s a pretty decent video on the whole experience too.
Apparently it’s for purchased vehicles only, not leases. That’ll count a lot of people out. So will the standard practice of short vacations being allowed by employers in the US (praiiiiise the Lord for 4 weeks as standard here in Oz).
But if you’ve got the intention and opportunity, I cannot think of a better way to buy a car. None. Zip. Nada.
You get the car cheaper.
You get $2,000 towards your trip.
You can pick it up in a bunch of places around Europe (though why you wouldn’t get it in Trollhattan I’ll never know)
You get groovy Swedish export plates, which you can keep for a while.
You get a European driving holiday in your own new Saab.
Saab Australia, you need to offer this!! I could almost make a case for selling the family home and buying a new car!!!