TAKE DELIVERY AND DRIVE YOUR NEW MERCEDES-BENZ ON YOUR EUROPEAN VACATION:
For most of us, a holiday in Europe is a chance to indulge in some shopping for things like fashion wear, bags, shoes, belts or other little souvenir items. For the car enthusiast however, the shopping basket can be a bit more serious, especially when car companies like Mercedes-Benz make it very attractive, through their European Delivery Program, for holidaymakers to acquire their next Mercedes-Benz and enjoy driving it whilst on vacation in Europe.
European Delivery Program
Although car manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz have been running their European Delivery Program (EDP) for some time now, we only recently learned about it from relatives who were visiting us from the U.S. These programs are typically aimed at the North American market, which is the most profitable market for the likes of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche.
The program works well if you’re buying a new Mercedes-Benz car as well as planning a driving holiday in Europe. It lets you select and build your own EDP car online and take delivery at the factory. On your arrival in Stuttgart, you will be taken on a tour of the Mercedes-Benz factory at Sindelfingen before taking delivery of your vehicle.
The registration of your car and European road insurance for your two-week driving holiday are organized by Mercedes-Benz. They also provide you with a full tank of gas to set you on your way, but before driving off you may want to visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum and learn about the 125-year history of the automobile industry.
At the end of your driving holiday, you can drop-off your car at one of the many designated drop-off locations in Europe and you’re reunited with your car when it arrives at your selected car dealership back home.
Other Benefits of the EDP
Our relatives say that buying their car through the Mercedes-Benz EDP was cost effective and apart from being able to test drive the car in the country of manufacture, the other benefits of the EDP include:
- 7% discount on selected model price
- 1 night’s accommodation in a luxury hotel in Stuttgart
- Assistance with hotel and flight bookings and they also offer driving holiday packages
- 2 taxi coupons for ride from the airport or train station to the Delivery Centre
- Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen factory tour and breakfast or lunch
- 2 tickets to the Mercedes-Benz Museum
- 15 days European road insurance
- Full tank of fuel
- Transportation of the vehicle to your selected U.S. dealer
- Marine insurance
- Destination charge is waived
You also save on two weeks of car rental as you’re driving your own car in Europe.
Companies like Mercedes-Benz know how to look after their customers well and judging from the comments of our relatives, they were very happy with their whole European Delivery Program experience, so much so they are planning their next purchase.
The Mercedes-Benz EDP is for the North American left-hand drive market and I’m not sure if they do it for other countries. Just as well that they don’t offer it in Australia or else Tony will be quite tempted to order a Mercedes-AMG GT.
For more about the Mercedes-Benz European Delivery Program, see their website www.mbusa.com