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Long Delivery Times

The Situation

So, you've found the new car offer you've been looking for. It seems incredible and, on making the phone call, you have been convinced that it really is a new car and is available for the price quoted. However, there is one drawback - you've been told that the car will take 18 weeks to arrive.

It seems strange, after all your local dealer said that it should take 5-6 weeks in all. So, why the delay?

The Reasons

In the main, the long delivery times are either:
a) Because the car is in demand and needs to be ordered well in advance
b) Because the car is an import

You can find out easily whether it is the former or the latter by checking delivery times with websites or contacting a CarQuake dealer.

More often than not, it is purely because the car is an import and, although it will be UK specification, the car needs to be delivered as UK specification to somewhere in Europe and then be transported back.

The Outcomes

When considering an import, you need to bear in mind several things:

  1. You are paying a deposit to an intermediary which they will keep for several months before you see your car.
  2. You are going to be waiting for several weeks (or even months) longer for delivery of your new car.
  3. You may well be charged with all the additional hassles and costs of registering for the UK - new plates, DVLA etc.
  4. You are very unlikely to be able to discuss part exchanges with importers, they don't want to know.

So, watch out for the long lead times. At least you know 'why?'

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