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Re: Audi Factory Direct?
Jeff Kimbel wrote:
> can arrange to purchase a car directly from Audi and pick it up at the
> factory. They deliver a U.S. market car and the price (10% below list)
> includes a delivery to the U.S. when the buyer returns. They also give a
> tour of the factory and put you up for the night.
My understanding (from my recent visit to the factories) is that this
service is available to Audi's German customers only. Put you up for the
night???? 'fraid not. The way it works is you purchase the car thru your
dealer as normal but have the dealership arrange with factory for car to
be collected by customer at factory on a specific date. A day or so
before collection the customer phones the factory to let them know
roughly what time they want to take delivery of car and if they want a
tour and lunch (the choice is yours). When taking delivery, the person
who actually hands the keys over to you is one of the people directly
involved with the development and production of your actual vehicle, so
ANY question you hit him (or her) with can be answered on the spot in
detail. There is a cost involved in all this (about 250USD) which Audi AG
bill the dealership with, but normally the dealer will absorb, though
sometimes they might charge to customer. The price of the vehicle is not
discounted at all.
Again if my memory serves me right, all this applies only to German
customer at present. I'm open to correction on this.