The Dealership Delivery Process
It might seem a little strange, but even though you are at the dealership, the car still needs to be "delivered" to you. Delivery, in car-lot lingo, means everything that happens after you've agreed to buy the car but before you drive it away. The Dealership Flow Chart shows you the whole purchase process. This checklist prepares you for just the delivery.
How long should the new-car delivery process take? If you are prepared and the dealership is reasonably efficient, a realistic amount of time is an hour to an hour and a half. On weekends, it can take longer. The number of weekend buyers creates a bottleneck at the door to the finance and insurance office, which is where you sign the sales contract. While each deal is different, preparation, foresight and communication will improve every experience.
There is a great way to avoid the waiting around at a dealership for delivery, and we wish more people took advantage of it. It's simply this: Once you've agreed to buy a car, ask the dealer to bring the car to you at your home or office. This way, you eliminate the waiting and also the sales pitch for additional products and services that takes place in the finance and insurance office. When the salesman brings the car and contracts to you, you have the advantage of concluding the deal on your home court.