Delivery Times

Believe it nor not, the average wait time for a new vehicle is approximately 13 weeks...

Why the Wait?

The minimal amount is around two weeks. In other words, you are likely to have to wait 7.5 weeks before you find yourself behind the wheel. A few variables go into this equation. These are:

• The distance from the manufacturer to the dealership.
• Any potential backlogs (Christmas tends to be quite busy in terms of orders).
• Any add-ons or alterations can likewise incur longer wait times.

If we think about this from a purely logistical point of view, it actually makes a great deal of sense. It is still an unfortunate fact that many advertisements use phrases such as “walk away today with the car of your dreams!”. This is simply not the case in the majority of instances.

Ways to Prepare

You should take a look at the terms and conditions of your contract before committing to a deal. Find any clauses which revolve around delivery times. See if they provide you with penalties in the event that you become frustrated and decide to cancel the order altogether. If so, speak to the dealer and find out if there is any room for leeway.

Ask what will happen if the wait time exceeds the predicted time. Will you be provided with any bonuses such as free servicing or detailing. As such times could very well be a “deal breaker”, the dealer is more than likely to accommodate you with such options in order to secure the sale and to reap the subsequent commissions.

Above all, be patient. Even if you have to wait three months, the fact of the matter is that your new car is likely to last a decade or longer. When it eventually does arrive, you will hardly be able to contain your excitement!