How to Order a Car From the Manufacturer

Walk into any dealership with a detailed list of specifications you desire, and they most likely won’t have a vehicle in stock that perfectly suits your tastes. Car dealerships often cater to the most popular needs, leaving some drivers without the exact options and specifications the desire.

Luckily, you can choose to order your vehicle directly from the factory or manufacturer. Ordering a car straight from the factory will allow you to handpick features and specifications. It will take a bit longer for your custom car to be made and delivered to you, but the benefits outweigh the cons for anyone seeking niche or uncommon features in their vehicle.

Part 1 of 1: Ordering a car from the factory

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Step 1: Choose your vehicle. You must make a decision as to what vehicle and exact features and specifications you want.

Do research on the internet and in automotive publications so you can approach the process with well-informed decisions and feature choices.

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Image: BMW USA

Step 2: Research factory options. Once you have decided on a particular make and model, search online to find the manufacturer’s website.

You should be able to find or request a list of all the available factory order options and features. These options will include everything from entertainment and comfort features to performance and safety options.

Step 3: Prioritize your options. Make a final prioritized list of all the features you want.

Step 4: Decide what you are willing to spend. Your desires may be bigger than your wallet, so consider how much you want to spend on the car.

Step 5: Go to the dealership. Go to a dealership that sells the type or brand of car you are interested in buying, and go through the salesperson to order.

You will go over the final costs of all your options at the dealership, so be sure to have your prioritized list ready.

  • Tip: Factor in the cost of the vehicle being delivered when planning your costs and weighing your options.

Step 6: Purchase the car. Place your order with the salesperson, trying to get the best deal possible, and wait for your car to come in.

Ask your dealership for an estimated time of delivery of your vehicle.

Although ordering a vehicle from a factory will almost always cost more than a car on the lot, it is a great way to guarantee that you are buying a vehicle perfectly up to your standards. If you want your car to stand out from the crowd, then this is the option for you. Have a [pre-purchase inspection] performed by one of YourMechanic’s certified technicians so you’ll know your car is in top condition.


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