Placing Your Order
Ordering at Your BMW Dealer
Once you have decided that you want to take part in the European Delivery experience, the first step (after researching pricing) is to contact a BMW dealer no less than three months prior to your preferred travel date. The three month period is required as your car will be "made to order" once you chosen all the options for your new BMW. BMW will work to produce your car well within time for your preferred travel dates. Your dealer will take your preferred delivery date, at the time you place your order, and two alternate dates to submit to BMW. Your delivery date should be confirmed with a few days. If you are planning a visit near a German Holiday, please be aware that the Delivery Center is closed on all legal holidays (see the Official Bimmerfest calendar for Holidays). The BMW website should also show the dates that BMW Welt is closed but it may not be current or accurate. The Bimmerfest calendar may also not be updated with the current year dates. Google "German National Holidays" for the most current dates and have your CA check with BMW to be sure.
Dates that BMW Welt is closed in 2012: (from http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Experience/Events/EuropeanDelivery/PickUpYourBMW/PickUpOverview.aspx)
The BMW Welt will be closed (subject to change):
- January 1, 2012: New Year
- January 6, 2012: Epiphany
- April 6, 2012: Good Friday
- April 9, 2012: Easter Monday
- May 1, 2012: Labor Day
- May 17, 2012: Ascension
- May 28, 2012: Whit Monday
- June 7, 2012: Corpus Christi
- August 15, 2012: Assumption Day
- October 3, 2012: Day of German Unity
- November 1, 2012: All Saints' Day
- December 24, 2012 until January 7, 2013
You can visit your local dealer (search dealers by clicking here) or get in touch with one of the bimmerfest.com sponsors who would be more than happy to work with you through the entire process. Before contacting anyone, educate yourself on pricing and the ins and outs of various forms of financing, including traditional loans and leases if applicable. Be sure to understand all applicable fees (including fees which do not apply to overseas deliveries, such as the training fee and MACO) and charges so you have a complete picture of your prospective deal.
Bimmerfest.com Sponsors by State/Region Include:
- BMW of Santa Barbara - Jon Shafer
- Pacific BMW - Greg Poland
- Nick Alexander Imports
- Shelly BMW - Will Shaw
- BMW of South Atlanta - Adrian Avila
- BMW of Peabody - Alex Dytko
- BMW of Bloomfield - Ivan Romero
- BMW of Salem - Jim Mannheimer
- New Motors - Steve Quinn
NOTE: Bimmerfest sponsors are frequently but not always the most reasonably priced BMW dealerships in their geographic areas. As always it is important to do your homework and comparison shop. This sponsor list is not maintained by Bimmerfest.com.
How to Calculate Your Price for European Delivery
1. Look at the invoice price lists in the Ask-A-Dealer Forum at Bimmerfest.com or in Current Pricing NOTE1: If these are not available, please post a message in the ED forum, someone will shortly email you the invoice prices. NOTE2: You could pretty closely calculate ED whole sale price by searching edmunds.com or other Internet sources. ED whole sale price (invoice price) will be very close to US whole sale price minus 7%. Options are not discounted, so you can use US invoice pricing from the same source (edmunds.com or similar).
2. On the Confidential Wholesale Price page, find the "Base Price Euro Delivery Price Munich Pick Up" price for the car you want.
3. Add the invoice price of the options you want (the invoice price for options is the same for US and European delivery).
4. Add in the Destination Charge.
5. You now have the dealer's cost. There should not be any charges for MACO, advertising, etc. The Training Fee is not applicable to European Delivery BMW's. Fees for taxes, title, and license are separate, and can be added later. They will vary depending on your state.
6. Add in a reasonable dealer profit to calculate the price you should offer. The reasonable profit varies by model and to a small degree by market, but anywhere from $700-1200 over the dealer cost, European Delivery Confidential Wholesale Price, is considered a "good" price in many locations depending on the model. To get an understanding of what others are paying consult posts on Bimmerfest, e90 post dot com, and e60 dot net. You may want to use the Rizzo Method to find the best price.
- This thread includes a link to an easy-to-use spreadsheet which will help calculate Euro Delivery pricing.
Documents for your order
You must be a legal resident of the USA and have a valid passport to place an order. Once you have negotiated pricing and decided on your travel dates, you will sign a Purchase Order form. The PO is a contract with BMWNA in which you will agree, among other things, to export the car to the USA and register the car only in the USA. You will also need to sign and notarize a Power of Attorney form, which allows BMW to register the car on your behalf. Curiously the PoA, it says "All cost and obligation will be met by the undersigned." though nobody has paid this cost separately. Dealer will make a copy of the passport and forward it to the ED Dept which, in turn, will forward it to Munich. This is used to identify the person taking possession of the vehicle in Munich. Pay particular attention if spouse, parents, or children are also picking up the car, as BMW will only deliver the car to the passport holder listed in the Purchase Order.