Post # 1
My one frustration about this wedding has been plane tickets. We live in DC and are getting married in Scotland. FI said he’d handle getting flights and he waited and waited and waited. It took until 6 weeks before the wedding to actually buy the plane tickets!
Turns out he was trying to buy me a car!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FI hates my car (2009 Toyota RAV4). He hates its safety ratings and its a bottom of the line model and he hates it. He’s always said that as soon as I’m pregnant (we are TTC) that he’s getting me a new car – a Volvo SUV specifically because they have the best safety ratings out there (awwwwww).
Volvo has a program where you can buy the car and pick it up at the factory in Sweden – they pay for the flights, 2 nights in a hotel and shipping I back to the USA!!!!!!!!!! So he was researching buying me a CAR and surprising me with a stop in Sweden before the wedding (we’d then drive to Scotland and have the car for the wedding and then would drive Europe for the honeymoon)
unfortunately, his plan didn’t work – he’s refinancing the house and the finance guy said not to make any big purchases until after closing 🙁
but this is where the thought totally counts!!!!!! He is just awesome!! And he reiterated when he finally confessed all this yesterday that we will be getting me a new car as soon as possible
Post # 3
@Glasgowbound: Wow! That was very nice/thoughtful/creative/smart/caring of him!
Post # 4
Sweet gesture, but there is nothing wrong with Rav4s! Maybe the newer models haven’t held up to the standard of the odler models but I had one and that thing was like some kind of miracle machine.
Smart to wait a little while, though. That’s a lot of big money being moved around! Congrats on TTC!
Post # 5
What an amazing gesture… you have a very sweet Hubby-2B
I literally went huh, when I read your post… wondering what the “fine print” (loop hole) was in regards to this program
So I went over to the Volvo Website…
And HOLY CRAP !! It is 100% true…
Return Airfare – Hotel – Pick Up Car (that you can even have customized) – Tour the Plant / Museum – help with Licensing / Insurance for the “vacation” portion of your trip etc. AND they ship the car home to you in the USA.
You’d think that there would be a significant cost to this Buy In Europe option, but in fact the website says prices are generally 7% LOWER than if the car was bought in the USA
The only stipulation is that you must drive the car around Europe for 2 or 6 months (no other choices) and that it must be dropped off by arrangement to specific locations for that time-frame so the shipping to the USA can be completed.
I may have to remember this for the future, when Mr TTR & I are planning to visit Europe after we retire.
Post # 6
@This Time Round: Audi, Volkswagen, and BMW all have similar programs as well! Volvo’s is the most comprehensive I think, but they all do it 🙂
Post # 7
That’s a freakin crazy program!
Post # 8
I have had a VW and a BMW both picked up in Germany. It’s a neat program. We’ve always timed it with a long european vacation and just used the car as a “rental car” while we were there.