Last week I was in Sweden as part of an initiative cosponsored by Volvo, Visit Sweden, West Sweden Tourism and Skåne Tourism. The goal was to highlight a sweepstakes they have going on and to bring more attention to a cool program Volvo runs for overseas car buyers. They sent me over there on a brief trip to show you some of the highlights of West Sweden for when you either win the Road Trip of a Lifetime in Sweden sweepstakes or decide to take advantage of the Volvo Overseas Delivery program. Warning, I’m going to gush a bit in this post and it’s not just because they paid for my trip; I have no problems with being honest. I’m going to gush because this is really a great program, so read on.
I was shocked when I first found out about this program and I’m still confused as to why everyone doesn’t do this. In short, if you order the Volvo of your choice from your local Volvo retailer you can pick up your new car at the Gothenburg Factory Delivery Center or at any official delivery location in Europe and Volvo will pay for your airfare. Even better, when you’re done cruising around Europe Volvo will take care of all the paperwork involved when importing a car, from excise taxes to import duties.
The process is pretty simple. You buy a car in the U.S. to pick up in Sweden. Once the car has been built, Volvo provides you with two plane tickets on SAS Airlines to visit Gothenburg, Sweden where Volvo is headquartered. Once there you are able to go on a tour of the Volvo Factory and see how the massive plant works; they even provide one night of 5-star accommodations. Then, finally, you are able to pick up your car for a cool European road trip. You have up to six months to drive the car wherever you want, although most people use it as their annual vacation and spend a couple of amazing weeks driving around the incredibly beautiful Swedish countryside. When you’re done with your trip you drop the car back off and Volvo ships it back home for you free of charge. Overall, I can’t believe everyone who buys a Volvo doesn’t take advantage of this program; I mean, why wouldn’t you? If you’re interested, here are all the details: Volvo site.
In the slim chance you don’t want to buy a Volvo right now but do want a fantastic Swedish Road Trip experience, they’ve got you covered there too. Now through June 15, 2013, you can enter the Road Trip of a Lifetime in Sweden sweepstakes. One winner will win a trip for two to West Sweden where they’ll learn more about Volvo and the manufacturing facility before heading out on the road in their own Volvo which is theirs to use for the duration of the trip. They’ll be able to choose from dozens of fun places to visit on this remarkable road trip that promises to be a once in a lifetime experience. From personal experience I can confirm that this is indeed a beautiful part of the world.
Even though I didn’t buy a car, I went through some of the same experiences as those lucky buyers while I explored Sweden. I visited the small city that is the Volvo Torslanda plant and saw for myself the amazing process by which the cars are produced. It’s a symphony of automation, in a good way. I even got to borrow a Volvo V60 for the week and road tripped around the hills and coasts of West Sweden and Skåne. It was a wonderful drive made even better by the super comfy Volvo. I’m really not kidding when I say that my partner and I are seriously considering one for our next car.
That is the Volvo Overseas Buyer program in a nutshell as well as your chance to win a similar experience for yourself. So go, enter and cross your fingers because if you win you will have a unique opportunity to drive around one of the most beautiful regions on the planet.