Special ordering has become an increasingly attractive way to buy new Volvos. By waiting just a few short months, you can get your new Volvo customized to your exact specifications and save money at the same time. A new Volvo can be customized in a seemingly unlimited number of ways, and many car buyers can be frustrated trying to find their ideal vehicle. Each Volvo dealer has a limited number of vehicles on their lot and their first choice is to sell you one of these. Cartelligent can help you search inventory throughout California to find the closest match and the best Volvo deals. Be sure to answer the question “How much are Volvos” with our team today.
What is a Special Order?
A special order, or factory order, occurs when a consumer orders a specific vehicle with the color and options they want. Typically, the individual will configure the vehicle online with the exact features desired and then place the order either directly with a salesperson at the dealership or through a car-buying service like Cartelligent that helps clients manage the process. Consumers cannot buy new Volvos from Volvo or most other major car manufacturers.
What are the Benefits of a Special Order?
There are a number of cases where special ordering can be a great strategy. We’ll expand on each of these in turn:
You Don’t Have To Pay For Features You Don’t Use
When your ideal car has limited inventory, it can be appealing to take an in-stock model that has similar features. Ordering the car takes a few months more but saves paying for expensive features you won’t benefit from.
You Can Get The Vehicle Specially Configured
While many vehicles can only come in a handful of available packages, a new Volvo can be configured in hundreds of ways. Special ordering the Volvo can be a fantastic option that allows you to get exactly the color and features you want.
You want a vehicle that has little to no inventory available
Sometimes a newer or rarer model can be extremely difficult to locate at any dealership. In this case, your best options are to special order the car you want or find another model that you like just as much.
How Much Are Volvos When You Special Order?
At a bare minimum, ordering a vehicle saves dealers the insurance, lot fees, and other costs. This can make them more motivated to negotiate on price since the vehicle costs them less than an in-stock unit. Additionally, as discussed above, ordering avoids paying extra for unwanted features which can add up to even greater savings.
How Long Does A Special Order Take?
Special ordering takes longer than buying a vehicle off the lot—typically around 8 to 12 weeks for vehicles built in Sweden or China. Volvo also offers pick-up of special orders in Sweden for those who want the fun of driving their new car on its home turf.
How Do I Decide What I Want?
The Volvo website is designed to make the ordering process simple. They offer interactive features that allow you to compare and contrast colors and options so that you can visualize the vehicle and determine exactly what you want. Your Cartelligent agent can also help walk you through your options and decide which are important to you.
Can I Still Negotiate On The Price of The Vehicle?
Yes, but this should be done before the order is placed. Once you’ve ordered the vehicle, it will be much more difficult to get the Volvo dealership to be flexible on price. However, if the vehicle has low inventory and extremely high demand, the dealership may not be willing to negotiate much on price as they only have a set number of units they can order.
Can I Take Advantage of New Volvo Car Deals?
Volvo will allow you to lock in certain lease and finance rates when you order the vehicle, and you will also be eligible to take advantage of special offers available at the time the vehicle is delivered.
How Much Money Does It Cost To Place The Order?
Most Volvo dealers may request a deposit at the time of order (Cartelligent clients very rarely pay this). This deposit is typically refundable if the client decides not to purchase the car when it arrives.
What Happens if I Change My Mind?
Nothing—you can change your mind at any time until you pick up the vehicle and sign the final paperwork. If you have put down a fully refundable deposit, this should be returned to you.
What if I Need My New Volvo Immediately?
If you need a new car immediately, special ordering is probably not your best option. If the car you want is not available, you will need to compromise on color and options. Either that or you can find a different vehicle that will meet your needs.
Can I Lease a Volvo That is Special Ordered?
Yes. We often recommend special orders to our clients who are currently in leases since they know precisely when they will need a new car and can take advantage of that time frame to order the car exactly how they want it.
How Do I Place A Special Order?
Unless you go through a car-buying service like Cartelligent, you will need to go to a dealer to order and negotiate the price of your special order. Be prepared to stand your ground and don’t be swayed by the car on the lot that’s the wrong color and has the wrong options. Their preference will be to sell you an in-stock car rather than wait a few weeks for the commission on an ordered car. Let them know that you’re there to place an order, and you expect them to help you do so.
Buy a New Volvo Today
If you have the flexibility on your timing or can start the process in advance of when you need your new car, special ordering can be a fantastic way to get your new Volvo configured exactly how you want it. Whether you’re considering a special order or a vehicle that’s readily available, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888-427-4270 or get started today with our new Volvo car deals.