Wendy and I have been out of town on vacation for the last week. Yep, that’s right, we’ve been posting our daily entries from various locations in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Why were we in Sweden? Well, we bought a new car. Yep, I’m serious.

Wendy and I just spent the last eight days tooling around Scandinavia and during that time we saw some pretty amazing stuff. But I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself. Let’s take a step back and get you all up to speed on exactly what we were doing well across the pond.

A little while back we posted about conducting our entire renovation using a now 12 year old Ford Mustang. As the only car between the two of us, our Mustang has served us quite well. We’ve been driving our car since the week after we graduated from college in 2000. During our various renovation projects, our car has been a true workhorse. (No pun intended.) On any given weekend you can find us folding down the back seat and packing the usable space full of anything and everything we’ve needed along the way.

Though we have grown quite attached to our car, it is getting up there in years. Over the past few years, and especially whenever the weather threatens snow, we’ve toyed with the idea of replacing our impractical but fun car with something that might suit our needs a little better. However, every year until now we’ve had the “well…maybe next year” decision.

I know you may be thinking “what does buying a new car have to do with a trip to Scandinavia?” Trust me, it all makes perfect sense.

Earlier this year I was talking to a coworker about our on-again-off-again car search. We had recently borrowed a neighbor’s Volvo SUV to run an errand, and Wendy and I really liked the car. I mentioned to my coworker that we were seriously considering a Volvo as our new car purchase. As soon as I said something his eyes lit up and he said “Have you looked into their Overseas Delivery Program?” He briefly described the benefits of a new car purchase combined with a European vacation, and suggested we look into it as an option.

Being the web junkie that I am, I jumped onto the Internet and began researching the program. I was stunned, to say the least, by what a good deal Volvo seemed to be offering. The primary benefits are:

  • A significant discount on a fully customized new car (about 5% in our case)
  • Two free round-trip airline tickets to Gothenburg, Sweden on SAS
  • Transportation to and from the airport and Volvo delivery center
  • Two tickets to the SAS business lounge on your departing flight
  • One night free hotel stay in Gothenburg
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch on the day of pickup
  • A Volvo factory tour
  • The ability to drive your own car around Europe rather than renting a car
  • And a pretty cool souvenir (your car) from a rather unique vacation

If you're a reader of our blog, you are well aware that Wendy is a sucker for a good deal. I excitedly called her to inform her of the program and almost as soon as I said “two free round trip plane tickets to Sweden,” she was sold. Ok, maybe it wasn’t quite that easy, but she was interested in learning more.

With thoughts of a new car dancing in our head we headed down to the local Volvo dealer to test-drive the car we were interested in. We decided to test-drive a 2011 XC60, their smaller crossover SUV. We’ve long wanted a bit more cargo space, but didn’t want and don’t have room to park a large SUV. We had been looking at various small size SUVs for a while, so this fit right in with our preferences. After a short test drive, we determined the XC60 was the car for us.

Once we had settled on the car as a viable candidate,, I continued my Internet research on the model, options, reviews, opinions, and anything else I could find. During my research, I stumbled on a Volvo website and forum called Swede Speed, a Volvo enthusiasts website, that has a whole section of their forum dedicated to the Overseas Delivery Program or OSD.

Through the Swede Speed forum I found the name of Bob Kennedy, OSD specialist for University Volvo of Charlotte, NC. While purusing this website and others, Bob’s name kept coming up, and I kept reading nothing but great things about Bob’s work with his customers, so I reached out to him and we got the ball rolling on our new vehicle purchase.  

We signed the paperwork on July 1 and sent in our deposit. Our new car that we had long talked about was becoming a reality.

Several weeks later we received the paperwork from Volvo with the official pickup date for our car. We ordered a 2012 model year XC60, which were just coming out, so I knew the wait for delivery might be a little while off. Though we had hoped for a September date, our pickup date was set for October 18. With the date in hand, Wendy and I moved into vacation planning mode.

Since neither of us had ever visited this part of the world, we decided we would take advantage of our new car and drive from major city to major city in Scandinavia, making stops at smaller towns along the way. We typically like to go to a single area on vacation and exhaust what we can do in that location, so this driving around thing was a little bit outside of our comfort zone. In a hope not to feel rushed out of any one location, we decided on an eight night stay with stops in: Gothenburg, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; and, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Our trip started at Dulles International airport on October 16. After a very long wait in the rather annoying security line (I thought all of the Dulles construction was supposed to make the lines better, not worse), we headed over to the Lufthansa business lounge in the international terminal. Let me tell you, if you need to start a long trip, doing it in the business lounge with free food, wine, and comfortable seats is the way to go. We didn’t have long before our flight, so after a quick bite to eat, we were boarding our SAS operated flight to Copenhagen.

The plane was an Airbus 340-300, which seats almost 250. Lucky for us, the booking agent for Volvo was wonderful and put Wendy and me in a window and aisle seat on our own. There’s nothing worse than being stuck next to someone you don’t know on an eight hour flight, and this is something we didn't have to endure.

The flight itself was rather uneventful, which is always good. We got into Copenhagen about 40 minutes early. This allowed us to make our connecting flight in spite of a rather long security line at customs. If you’re making this trip, remember that the connection can be tight, so don’t dilly dally.

When arrived in Gothenburg right on time, grabbed our luggage from the carousel, and headed to the exit where we met a driver from Volvo holding a sign with our name on it. We had boarded the plane at about 5:00pm on a Sunday, and with the six hour time change it was about 8:00am on Monday, so we were a bit bleary eyed and ready for some rest. After a short but scenic trip from the airport, the driver took us to our complimentary hotel in Gothenburg -- the Radisson Blu.

Exhausted from the trip and very little sleep on the plan, Wendy and I did what we usually do international flights, we crawled into bed for a three hour nap. For us, the three hour nap is key. We’re not people who can just stay up the rest of the day, we crash about noon, and we’re also ruined for sleeping that night if we sleep more than three hours. Three is our magic number to give us enough rest to recharge our batteries for the rest of the day, but not too much to ruin our sleep that night.

Recharged from our nap, we headed out for some sight seeing around Gothenburg, but we’ll cover that in another post. Today’s post will be more about the whole OSD program and our very fun experience.

As I mentioned, we arrived on Monday, but our real Volvo adventure didn’t begin until Tuesday morning, the day we were going to pickup our car. We kicked the day off with a full complimentary European breakfast at the Radisson. Though there were pastries, meat trays, sausage, eggs, fruit, cereals, coffee, and more, we stuck with a simpler meal of some toast and yogurt. We’re not often into the big breakfasts.

Shortly after breakfast, we met another Volvo driver in the lobby of the hotel to take us and another couple to the Volvo Factory Delivery Center to receive our new car.

The ride over to the Volvo plant was only about 15-20 minutes, but gave us a small glimpse of the Gothenburg industrial area. It was interesting to see, as it seems to be an area that is thriving as a robust port town that is also appreciative of the art and culture as a modern Swedish city. It was also fun to talk to the other couple headed to get their car. They happened to be from Ashburn, Virginia, only about 30-40 minutes form where Wendy and I live. Small world, right?

Walking into the Factory Delivery Center, we were greeted by a clean and modern facility and show room, far nicer than most car dealerships you see in the states.

The centerpiece was a 1961 Volvo P1800, which has obviously been painstakingly restored to a like-new state.

Beyond this, a display area with two new cars, an XC70 and S60, and wall board with examples of all of the various options, color choices, and materials that buyers can choose for their cars.

You could also see to the upper floors of the workspace, where Volvo employees worked in a clean and modern open office setting of mostly glass. As much as I love historic architecture with character, I can really appreciate contemporary and clean when it is done so well.

We began the various paperwork with Hans from Volvo and we were well on our way to receiving our car. We just needed to establish/confirm a few items like delivery location and when we would be dropping the car back a the center after we were done driving around Sweden. 

With the paperwork all settled, Hans disappeared into their holding area to bring our car out. A few minutes later, our brand new 2012 XC60 T6 R-Design small SUV appeared in the pickup/show area.

Hans took us out to see it and go over the various features of the car, like how to turn it on, operate the stereo, set seat position, etc. You have to realize, I’m a tech nerd, and I tend to have an aptitude for this sort of thing, but we’ve been driving a 12 year old car that has little more than a CD player and a headlight knob that sometimes comes off in your hand when you pull it out, so it was nice to have someone familiar give us the grand tour. I mean, this car doesn’t even have a normal key, so I’m sure I would have screwed something up.

After our car tour, we took a few photos of the car while it was still in pristine shape. It was raining outside, so we knew that as soon as we drove it out of that garage door, that was it, it wasn’t really brand spanking new anymore.

It was approaching 11:30 so we opted to let the car stay new for a few minutes longer and have lunch in the OSD cafeteria before we would go for a drive.

I must say, lunch was excellent. They served a  traditional meal of Swedish meatballs, boiled potatoes, and lingonberries. Wendy has the traditional meal, but I opted to substitute an egg and spinach quiche for the meatballs. Wendy did report that the meatballs were quite good.

After lunch we looked around the gift shop for a few minutes, then we headed out on the factory tour at 1:00. The tour departed at 1:00 sharp. Everything about the whole process was absolutely on time and as expected.

The tour was conducted from a small tram with individual cars that would seat about 12 people. Each car had a specific target language for the tour so no one was left out. And since we would be heading through several areas of an operational factory, we had to wear protective eyewear. (We're no strangers to safety glasses).

The tour lasted for about an hour but, unfortunately, we were not allowed to take any photos. The tram drove us around several small portion of the more than one mile long plant that receives sheet metal on one end, and delivers completed cars from the other end. In all, the plant was a clean, ergonomic, organized, safe, and largely robotic collection of assembly lines and buildings that seemed to be running quite amazingly.

During the tour, we were able to see a stamping area where dies weighing several tons were creating panels and parts from rolls of sheet metal, drive train assembly sections where various models of cars were all being assembled in one line, a section where the car’s frame is married to the drive train and body (where a car actually becomes a car), and the final assembly area where cars are first started and driven across the line.

Really, we saw so much that it would be nearly impossible to summarize it all in a post. If you’re interested in the tour, it is well worth stopping by  and you can do it without buying a Volvo (but you'll have to pay a small admission fee for the tour). 

One of the coolest things about the factory tour was the fact that many of the workers actually ride bikes from position to position on the production floor. It’s an easy and fast way to get around an extremely large plant.

After the conclusion of our tour, we spent a little more time at the factory delivery center before heading out and took a few more photos of interesting things, like this Volvo S80 limousine.

With that, we hopped into our new car with just 7.7 miles on the odometer, and headed out on the rest of our Scandinavian adventure. What’s not to love about driving around Europe with “new car” smell?

Volvo has been doing the OSD program since 1963, but several other manufacturers are now offering various similar packages and deals. I know BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and Saab have some level of benefits. Even Porsche is doing it (but I understand the car costs more and no free air travel through them, not sure of the advantage there).

What do you think, is the Overseas Delivery program a perk that sounds interesting to you? Interesting enough to buy a Volvo? If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments and we'll do out best to answer them.

Stay tuned as we’ll be posting about some of the really cool things we got to do and see along the way in our adventure. We really didn’t know what to expect going into the trip, but we had a really good time. We’re back to the real world now, sad to see vacation end, but we’re excited to share some cool stuff and get ramped back up on house projects. 

Now that we're home, we are just waiting for the free shipping of our car from Europe. Anticipated delivery date is sometime in late November.

Oh, one other thing about the OSD program, you get temporary European plates while you are driving your car around. When the car comes to the states, they are yours to keep. Kind of cool and something Wendy has been thinking about using as decoration in our house.

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Kristin Patterson
10/25/2011 at 12:24 PM
um....no more 'stang?!
Wendy
10/25/2011
It will be a sad, sad day when we bid adieu to the mustang. He's served us well these last 12 years!
10/25/2011 at 12:37 PM
Fantastic story. I heard about this program from my cousins in Chicago when we stayed with them back in 2005 and rode around in their brand new Volvo wagon. They're Swedish and have connected back with our Swedish family in Sweden, so they heard about it from family there. They went over, bought the car, and kept it for the full 1-2 months that they were there visiting (they're retired) family before returning it to the factory for shipment. I was blown away hearing the story 6 years ago and thought it sounded too good to be true.

Welcome back. Great story!
Wendy
10/25/2011
Thanks Steve! I know, it does sound too good to be true, but we can absolutely attest to the fact that what was promised was delivered upon. If anything, it exceeded our expectations!
10/25/2011 at 1:54 PM
Interesting! Besides the free airline tickets and travel perks, was the car less expensive then the US price? (maybe you mentioned it, but I didn't see it outright)

That's the kind of souvenir I like
sara
10/25/2011 at 2:11 PM
Okey doke, I found the my answer.
Wendy
10/25/2011
Glad you found it Sara, but for anyone else who may have missed it, doing the overseas delivery saves roughly 5% off the cost of buying through a dealer here in the states. So you save on the car, and get an amazing trip. Win-win!
10/25/2011 at 2:32 PM
You know, I thought it was odd there were no major improvements to the front door situation recently. And now we know why!

That's really awesome, sounds like a great experience and a memorable way to get your new car. I've only ever read about people doing this in car magazines before!

Ahh, to be DINKs again. I remember back when we had time and money for this kind of thing... and then the twins arrived! :-) I'm enjoying living vicariously through you guys here on this one.

We are lucky to have a garage with our Philly rowhouse. Only snag is, it's sized for a Ford Model A (the car sold when it was built)... I looked up the dimensions: your "small" SUV is too wide for our garage. (I admit to having broken a side-view mirror off my other car on the garage door frame once before, so it's not an idle worry!) Still, we needed a newer, family-friendly vehicle, so we bought a new Forester just the other week. It's just a few inches narrower than your Volvo, but enough to fit.

Anyway, enjoy your new car!
Wendy
10/25/2011
Hahaha. You're right on our recent lack of progress Thad! :-)

Twins?? I can't imagine how busy your household must be. And thanks for sharing your story about the Model A. That's so neat! The new car is 1.5" shorter than our current car, so we know it will fit snugly in our parking spot. Oh the joys of city living...
10/26/2011 at 11:27 AM
Yeah, on the short list of downsides to city living, IMO. I certainly never thought a garage's dimensions would dictate my choice of car! But, we're lucky to have that unusual amenity so close to downtown. Outside of our immediate neighborhood, there's nothing but street parking for all those beautiful Victorians. That would drive me nuts.

Twin toddlers certainly do limit the pace of the projects we can take on! Not to mention the state of exhaustion at the end of each weekday. There's plenty I'd like to do each night after baby bedtime but there's just a limit. Believe me, I had all these grand plans for projects to accomplish in the first year or two.
Cap
10/25/2011 at 5:21 PM
I don't intend on buying a new car anytime soon (I'm five short months away from being car payment free) but when I do, I will seriously look into this. And I would likely have never considered Volvo otherwise. Amazing.

This was definitely worth missing the wine tour for!
Josh Shaffer
10/25/2011 at 6:15 PM
Very cool.
SpencerKoch
10/25/2011 at 7:04 PM
Looks like a fun trip. My family is from Norway, maybe I'll have to use this as an excuse to get over there.
Wow.. I have never heard of such a program before! That is quite possibly the coolest thing ever. It seems too good to be true. :P I love how everything was efficient and on-time, too.

I wonder if there's a similar program with Canada.... hmmmm... I could definitely go for a BMW and a trip to Germany. haha
Whitney
10/31/2011 at 12:34 PM
My family had Volvo's when I was young, so I feel fondly towards them. Like another comment above, I'm not exactly in the market, having just paid off my car on the 7th of October this year.. but wow, that is amazing!! Sweden, Norway and Finland are on my top 5 list of places I want to see... maybe in a few years when I decide to get rid of my wee red beastie (a 2007 Honda Fit), I'll look into this option!!!
And I am in love with the fact you get to keep those plates!!! Wendy TOTALLY needs to incorporate that into your decor!!!
Katie
2/27/2012 at 8:00 PM
This sounds like a dream! I have been eyeing and drooling over the XC60 for over a year. Our Subarus are both 10+ years old and we are in need of a new car for our family of 4. The Volvo has always seemed a bit out of reach price wise...we are considering the VW Tiguan. But this seems like an awesome deal! Did you choose features for your XC60 not available in the states? Were you able to finance through your own bank with an overseas transaction? Thanks!
Alex
2/27/2012
We actually just got back home from a trip up to Cleveland. We were actually bringing our old car (the Mustang) to it's new owner (Wendy's Dad), so we drove both the new car and the old car up. We also took a kitchen table, two chairs, the old seats from the Mustang, some curtains, our luggage, and a whole bunch of other stuff (and Lulu). It was so nice to be able to pack things in the car and still have room. I'm really loving the XC60.

We chose very few additional features, but picked the specific ones we like. The backup camera and BLIS system were really the only major ones, but the R-design does come pretty fully loaded. We did choose the all black leather interior, and I don't think that was available here in the states. We were able to finance through our own bank (we used Navy Federal and got a 1.9% 5 year loan). The only thing that was a little strange was making one payment on the car before we had it here in the states.

We would 100% recommend the experience to anyone looking for a new car, and the car itself is great. If you look at it as a great way to get a somewhat inexpensive vacation while also getting a car at a good price, it makes sense. Doing it just for cost savings on the car won't make enough of a difference.

Let us know if you do it.
kelly
3/21/2012 at 4:22 PM
Part of me sounds like this would be amazingly fun but another part then wonders why you're spray painting your kitchen counters :/
Alex
3/21/2012
Hi Kelly,

You're right, it was amazingly fun, and it's something we will consider doing again and recommend to anyone interested.

But to the second part of your comment, we spray painted the counter tops to make a quick and very inexpensive fix in our kitchen as a temporary stop gap. We actually spray painted the counters some time ago (we're just talking about it now that we actually have a blog). There's almost nothing we hate more than wasting money, and when we just bought our house, we had absolutely no money to waste (but we hated our old counter tops). We just didn't want to do something too expensive when we knew we'd eventually tear it out when we actually renovated our kitchen at some point. It's just taken us longer to get to that "actual renovation" than we expected.
Mary
6/3/2012 at 12:27 PM
Hi -
I have an xc90 now and am likely to purchase another in 2014 through the OSD program. What taxes/fees did you incur? Shipping? Docking? Disembarkation? shipping to dealer? State tax? etc.? Just checking so I can budget additional fees. Congrats on your awesome car. Know you'll enjoy it for yeeeeeeers! (I'm over 200k on mine.)
Alex
6/9/2012
Awesome! Absolutely do it, it is such a blast. The dealer can give you additional details on fees and the overall breakdown, but as far as I remember the only fee we paid was the 3% tax in Virginia when we registered the car here. Not too shabby, that's for sure! We've now had the car here in the States for about 7.5 months and love it.
bern
7/28/2012 at 2:58 PM
Thanks for good info.
Jordon
9/20/2013 at 5:30 PM
I'm shocked you didn't have any input regarding fees. I believe Sweden is a socialist country with high taxes. The fees here are common knowledge. Your blog is a great commercial for volvo.
Best regards
Jordon
crmuniz
12/4/2012 at 9:33 PM
Alex, Wendy:

Thanks for sharing this story. I found you via a Google search on the program.

I've been eyeing this program for a couple years and I think my wife may be at least half sold on the idea. If we did it this summer, our two children will be ages 7 and 6 years - perhaps a bit of a challenge, but I've read that Scandinavia caters well to children.

Best regards - Christian
Alex
1/3/2013
We're so glad you found us. The best part about this trip is that you determine where you go, so the child friendliness is totally up to you. I'd highly recommend staying a night in Copenhagen before flying out. Tivoli Garden is right near the train station and is a great kids destination/amusement park that still has a lot of fun things for adults to do. I'd say "go for it!"
Shirley
1/3/2013 at 2:05 PM
hi - stumbled upon your blog, and we are thinking about doing the overseas delivery for a XC60 or 90. Did you notice any children/babies on the tour? We have a 5 month old, and would likely bring him - since airfares are free for kids < 2. Thanks!!
Alex
1/3/2013
I think you should be fine. We didn't see any kids on the trip, and I'm not sure a child would be able to go on the factory tour (check with Volvo on that), but otherwise, the itinerary is your own. You might even be able to order a car seat ahead of time and have it waiting for you in your new car. There were plenty of child friendly activities we saw along the way.
Glenn
2/22/2013 at 11:46 PM
My wife and I bought an XC90 in July 2011 and picked up our vehicle in late October. While at the plant there were several couples with young children there. There was a play area for them and they all went on the plant tour.

My brother and his wife actually got there XC60 2 weeks before us, they actually told us about the program, and they brought their 2 children with them. My nephew was impressed at 4 years old.

I am still being asked by friends, "so what is the catch?"

All I tell them is that what we were told about the purchase, trip, etc was exactly what happened. No surprises.

It was GREAT!
Joan Lamb
2/12/2013 at 3:40 AM
I am planning to buy a C-30 Volvo in Sweden in the summer of 2014.

I will bring my son Jim with me.

My daughter Kim Gregory is also coming along to buy a C-30, and bringing a friend Jeff.

When do we start planning this?

Joan Lamb
Alex
2/26/2014

Joan, I'd definitely start planning now. We purchased the car in July, but then picked it up in October.

Ana & John
2/22/2014 at 7:36 PM

Feb. 22. 2014
Hello Alex and Wendy,
I've enjoyed reading your post about the purchase of a Volvo in Sweden.
We have done the same journey in July 2011 when we purchased our XC60. It was just wonderful, everything was nice and the car arrived in Halifax and was shipped by train to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
We are presently preparing to move into the US, probably May or June 2014, as soon as our immigration documents get ready. We will be selling our used XC60 in Canada and will be purchasing another overseas delivery Volvo in the US.
We have contacted a few Volvo dealerships in the US, but we were not impressed with their knowledge about the overseas delivery program.
I would like to ask you, if I may, what taxes you have paid in the US upon the delivery.
In Canada we've paid 5% taxes out of the 90% of the car price. There was a 10% depreciation of total price due to the car have been used in Sweden and Denmark for 12 days, plus the $100 excise tax.
It is unknown to us how much the american residents pay:- state tax? -duty tax ?
Have you had a good experience with your Volvo dealer?
We'd very much appreciate your input.
Thank you,
Kind regards
Ana and John

bea wissmiller
4/4/2014 at 11:49 AM

Does your title list as a used car or new car?

Giles Pennington
8/12/2014 at 5:08 PM

Thanks for your comments on Volvo OSD. We will be picking our V60 wagon up next June. Funny you are from Old Town. So are we! Except our Old Town is older than yours. We have a casita (adobe) in Albuquerque's Old Town, founded in 1706.

We were happy to hear how well you were treated by Volvo. So everything we heard is true.
Best regards,
Giles and Belinda Pennington
Old Town Albuquerque and Los Ojos, NM

Giles Pennington
8/12/2014 at 5:10 PM

Thanks for your comments on Volvo OSD. We will be picking our V60 wagon up next June. Funny you are from Old Town. So are we! Except our Old Town is older than yours. We have a casita (adobe) in Albuquerque's Old Town, founded in 1706.

We were happy to hear how well you were treated by Volvo. So everything we heard is true.
Best regards,
Giles and Belinda Pennington
Old Town Albuquerque and Los Ojos, NM

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Michael
8/20/2014 at 7:34 AM

My family and I did the OSD program in 2011 to pickup our C70. We were fortunate to be featured in Volvo's promotional OSD video that came out on the OSD program site. In the video we are receiving our C70.

Doug Armstrong
10/5/2014 at 2:37 PM

Great read...I did this in 1965 when I was seventeen and my Volvo (122) cost $1955.00 plus $75 to ship it home to Seattle.Great cruised Europe for three months.They didn't have the hotel or the free airfare then but the European delivery guy let us stay at his house.Great memories.Your story makes me want to do it again..

Susan Clark
3/23/2015 at 4:27 PM

just considering taking the overseas delivery step with Volvo. It would be myself and my 17 year old son.

I just have a few questions about the experience. Do you have to start paying payments after you take delivery? I would think that is the way the program works, it would not be right to make the customer pay for something they do not have. But I just thought I would ask.

Also, will they allow me to travel with my son?

I am going over to Wilmington next sunday to meet with the dealer to discuss it with them personally. but your answer will be helpful

thanks for your time.

Love your post!

andy
4/12/2015 at 1:39 PM

how did they pick you up

1/14/2016 at 2:03 AM

Awesome post! I'm close to buying a Volvo, and when I heard about this, I couldn't pass it up ??

From what I understand, you can return the car back to the factory, or to one of the other 20 other facilities for shipment back to the states. If we decide to hit a few more countries, does the complimentary airfare include return service back from a different country, or only from the originating airport?

Thanks!

becki
8/8/2016 at 10:22 AM

Hi! Thank you for all the information in your blog. it was very informative and fun to read. My husband and I thinking of doing this and actually, we have picked out the same car as you for our new Volvo.

My question is: did you plan your own vacation or did you sign up for one of the trips offered through the OSD program?

Thank you for your time!

John
8/17/2016 at 12:30 AM

We live in Alaska and I was just speaking with the local Volvo dealership (sales guy) who mentioned a potential discount of about 3%. I've owned an S60 and currently own a 2007 XC90 and a 2012 XC60. Wish I'd purchased the 90 instead of the 60. I purchased the XC60 from the local dealer (8 mo. used) However, it had been a European delivery from the original owner. Now thinking of keeping the current XC90 and selling/trading the XCX60 and doing the OSD. Just wondering if there's potentially any advantage in using your Volvo OSD contact, Mr. Kennedy. Does that raise problems with my local dealer? We have loved the current XC90, but the 60 has had some transmission issues that the dealer was unable to rectify. Still runs fine, but shifts oddly. I'm impressed with the new XC90 and would consider the OSD program. We travel around Europe quite a bit at company expense, but a free trip to pick up a discounted new car sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Diane Lefenfeld
11/3/2017 at 8:38 AM

How many miles do you need to put on your Volvo
in order to ship it back to the states?

Dennis Peery
2/20/2018 at 1:21 PM

Excellent post, I think we've decided that our next car will be the new XC60. Having not been to Sweden, were there any destinations that you would highly recommend, and any trouble driving in Europe?

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