New car delivery times including Audi

Waiting for a brand new car to be built and shipped can take months. Or you could have a nearly new or used car delivered within 10 days

Simon Ostler
May 25, 2021

If you're shopping around for a new car, but you want to have it on your drive as quickly as possible, ordering a brand new model is rarely the best way of doing things. Sure, it can be fun to configure and specify a car to your own specification, but it can often take many weeks or even months for that shiny new car to be delivered - especially if you've chosen a particularly popular model.

Importing challenges that have resulted from the global coronavirus outbreak and border changes due to Brexit mean that the time taken to get a new car increased significantly at the start of the 2020s. Add in global microchip shortages, and ordering a brand new car can be a lengthy process.

Alternatively, you could opt for a nearly new or used version of the same car, and this is likely to be a much quicker - and much cheaper - way to get hold of a high quality car that has most, if not all, of the features you're hunting for. With BuyaCar for instance, you can have a great value nearly new or used car delivered to your door within five to 10 working days.

Just because a car is 'used', doesn't mean you need to make big sacrifices in terms of quality; BuyaCar ensures that every used car it delivers meets stringent quality checks and comes with a 14-day money-back guarantee. There's also the option of getting a pre-registered car - a car that is practically new, with only a handful of miles on the clock, but one that has already been registered, making you the second owner on paper but giving you the benefit of a substantial price saving as a result.

The best thing about opting for a pre-registered, nearly new, or used car is that they're all readily available for delivery within a matter of days, so there's no waiting around for the car to be built and shipped to the country once you've made your purchase.

If you're in need of a car sooner rather than later, why not check out the offers available on BuyaCar on cars that could be delivered to you within a fortnight. Meanwhile, if you have your heart set on a brand new car, keep reading to get a feel for the typical waiting times for new models.

Cars with the longest waiting lists*

1. Volkswagen Polo

New car delivery time 21 weeks
Used VW Polo deals from £10,490
Monthly finance from £192**

In 2019, more than 37,452 Volkswagen Polos were sold in the UK, cementing its place in the list of top 10 best sellers of the year. Yet, despite that popularity, the Polo is one of the slowest new cars to arrive once you've ordered one - rare and exotic supercars aside.

Order one in a spec and colour combo that isn’t readily available and you’ll be waiting longer than the gestation period of a domestic goat with a delivery time of 21 weeks. If you were to order one during the last week of January, your new Polo would be ready for you by the end of June, not much good if you're in desperate need of a new car.

Luckily, the VW Polo's popularity does mean you'll have plenty of used options available to you on BuyaCar.

VOLKSWAGEN POLO BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Mercedes S-Class

New car delivery time 16-20 weeks
Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class deals from £27,950
Monthly finance from £500**

You could buy a house in the time it takes for a Mercedes S-Class to arrive. To test the theory, we shopped for an outlandish spec that wouldn’t be available in stock.

Starting with an S500L Grand Edition, we painted it in relatively uncommon Emerald Green, specced nut-brown leather and added a few packs that bundle optional extras such as the £5,000 ‘executive rear package’ and the £5,000 ‘rear lounge pack’ for the grand price of £104,000. A Mercedes dealer confirmed that, in a worst-case scenario, delivery would take four to five months.

That is of course a very extreme example, but the Mercedes S-Class is broadly available in a variety of trim levels and engine choices, so we're confident you'll be able to find one in an acceptable specification that will arrive in a much more timely fashion.

MERCEDES S-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine

New car delivery time 18 weeks
Used Volvo XC60 T8 deals from £32,990
Monthly finance from £495**

The Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine, the plug-in hybrid version of the brilliant XC60, is built in China these days. Factoring in the build time as well as shipping it halfway around the world, Volvo said it will take 18 weeks for a T8 to arrive in the UK. In the same length of time you could have walked Route 66 - the 2,500-mile road linking Chicago and Santa Monica.

VOLVO XC60 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Seat Tarraco

New car delivery time 14-16 weeks
Used Seat Tarraco deals from £22,995
Monthly finance from £362**

The Seat Tarraco is manufactured at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant in Germany. It’s Seat’s first seven-seat SUV and offers lots of space and kit for the money. Waiting times are estimated to be around about three to four months, which is a great deal longer than you'd have to wait if you made a purchase with BuyaCar.

SEAT TARRACO BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Range Rover Sport

New car delivery time 12 weeks
Used Range Rover Sport deals from £34,501
Monthly finance from £414**

The Range Rover Sport is built in Birmingham. But demand is so high for the luxury SUV that it takes 12 weeks to get one delivered if you go for a car that isn’t in stock. We love the Range Rover’s style and presence, and if you want to go off road, it’ll do so with ease. If you want one in a hurry though, you might have to put that bespoke colour on hold and go for a pre-reg or nearly new car.

RANGE ROVER SPORT BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa front three quarters view

New car delivery time 12 weeks
Used Vauxhall Corsa deals from £8,538
Monthly finance from £147**

A brand new Vauxhall Corsa was unveiled back in 2019 and the first deliveries arrived in January 2020. Order one today and it’ll be 12 weeks before you’ll get it, though Vauxhall is keen to point out that they will have cars in stock. You might be able to snap up a bargain on a run-out version of the previous car if you haggle.

VAUXHALL CORSA BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Audi A3 Cabriolet

New car delivery time 12 weeks
Used Audi A3 Cabriolet deals from £18,990
Monthly finance from £303**

In 1998, Ben Lecomte swam across the Atlantic Ocean in 73 days. That’s less time than it takes Audi to build and deliver you a new A3 Cabriolet. A spokesperson at Audi confirmed that the soft-top A3 takes 12 weeks from point of order, unless you choose a car that’s already in stock or a pre-reg car with delivery miles.

There are new versions of the A3 Sportback and A3 Saloon on sale now, but as yet there is no word on the arrival of a replacement for the A3 Cabriolet.

AUDI A3 BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Ford Fiesta

New car delivery time 5-6 weeks
Used Ford Fiesta deals from £9,100
Monthly finance from £148**

You could cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back again before your Ford Fiesta arrives on your drive, if you ordered one today. Since its launch in the seventies, the Fiesta has dominated the new car scene and, since 2009, has been the best-selling car in the UK. There’s plenty of bargains to be had on nearly-new versions if you don’t fancy the wait.

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

Cars with the longest waiting lists*

Model

Delivery time

Volkswagen Polo 

21 weeks

Mercedes S-Class

16-20 weeks

SEAT Leon Cupra

16-18 weeks

Volvo XC60 T8

18 weeks

Cupra Ateca

14-16 weeks

Seat Tarraco

14-16 weeks

Vauxhall Corsa

12 weeks

Range Rover Sport

12 weeks

Audi A3 Sportback

12 weeks

Audi A3 Cabriolet

12 weeks

Volkswagen Golf

12 weeks

Volkswagen e-Golf

11 weeks

Ford Focus

7-9 weeks

Ford Kuga

7-9 weeks

Nissan Qashqai

8 weeks

Kia Ceed

6-8 weeks

Kia Picanto

3-8 weeks

Ford Fiesta

5-6 weeks

Kia Sportage

2 weeks

 

*All waiting time figures accurate as of January 2020

**Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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