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I just returned from Sindelfingen (near Stuttgart) where I took delivery of my new E-320 Bluetec. Included was a factory tour and a visit to the new Mercedes museum. This was a fantastic opportunity and I recommend it to everyone. I learned more about Mercedes-built cars than I ever knew before. The cost savings more than offset the cost of going there. The Sindelfingen plant has 39,500 employees who produce 2000 cars a day. About 25% of the cars made are picked up by the owner at the factory. You will see more Mercedes in 15 minutes in Stuttgart than you will see in a year in the USA! The Mercedes people treat you like royalty! I would be happy to offer suggestions & share information with anyone.
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lol.

Sounds like fun. A guy did a similar thing, except with the Volkswagen Phaeton and the assembly plant in Dresden.

Here's the thread from VWVortex.

VWvortex Forums: A Photo Tour of the Transparent Factory in Dresden
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So you save enough money for the trip, airfair and shipping the car back to the states ?
How is that possible?
How do you get the vehicle registered once its here?
Can you do that for CA vehicles?
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I have heard/read you order the car here, fly over, The put you up at a nice hotel with dinner, do the tour, take a small vacation, give the car back to them ( I heard they pick it up at the hotel), and they will do the required US items. they then ship it to the dealer where you pick it up. I dont know how it would be treated, is a used car now. Ask your dealer about European delivery, from what I gather you can have a nice vacation, and save a few dollars. It would vary with the Euro exchange rate!
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Autoweek magazine did an article about the Euro Delivery programs a few months ago, and they said that, in most cases, the consumer comes out ahead after the trip. I'd love to do that Euro Delivery program and plan to the next time a buy a new car.

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So you save enough money for the trip, airfair and shipping the car back to the states ?
How is that possible?
How do you get the vehicle registered once its here?
Can you do that for CA vehicles?
It supposable is even better deal on CA models. I think you can even get diesel this way.
The way it works is, that by picking up the car in Germany and driving it there, you are shipping USED car to US.
I have no specific, but duty on new cars is in the range of $10,000. Lot of money to pay for your tickets and 3 day stay in Europe.
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Autoweek magazine did an article about the Euro Delivery programs a few months ago, and they said that, in most cases, the consumer comes out ahead after the trip. I'd love to do that Euro Delivery program and plan to the next time a buy a new car.
Any links? Is it because of the current euro rate for the dollar? Or did they get afraid of cars passing them when they were driving at the 250 km/h limited speed (or I guess the US delivery cars are limited to even lower speed)? Or is it a language problem, in France they may not understand what you say when you order a beer in English (most often they pretend not understanding, a bit less arrogance and familiar words make them speak English).
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The shipping/delivery costs are not added to the vehicle purchase price. You license it at your local Department of Motor Vehicles as a new car even though it comes into the US as a privately owned car. The way you figure it is to order the car and any options and take a 7% discount (I did this all by the internet on the MBUSA web site). Depending on how well you can use the internet to get the lowest hotel cost & airfare plus any spending money in Germany, your costs are well below the 7% discount. I personally saved $2,000 after it was all said & done. In addition, I got a great vacation & tour of the factory.
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It supposable is even better deal on CA models. I think you can even get diesel this way.
The way it works is, that by picking up the car in Germany and driving it there, you are shipping USED car to US.
I have no specific, but duty on new cars is in the range of $10,000. Lot of money to pay for your tickets and 3 day stay in Europe.
The diesels are yet certified for sale new in California.

They would have to have at least 7,500 miles on it to register it in that state...

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They would have to have at least 7,500 miles on it to register it in that state...
Doing 150 mph on Autobahns 3 days is more than enough.
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