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Journey for Life

Here are some of the many photos, notes and cards received from people across America who have gone on a "Journey for Life" --- Flying to Europe and picking up a new Volvo via the Overseas Delivery Program.  Look at these fly Volvo cars and read comments from those who have earned their Volvo wings on a trip of a lifetime.

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Overseas Delivery XC60's

 

Notice the big red license plates on these cars? They are new Overseas Delivery XC60's parked at Lawrence Volvo shortly after arriving via truck transport from Port Hueneme. These cars will soon be picked up by their owners.

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Eddie Lee - Colorado

William,

My wife and I were delighted and completely pleased with the Volvo Overseas Purchase Program.  The process was simple and first class every step of the way!  We have shared our pleasure with many, many people and they are all amazed that Volvo would make and deliver on such an offer.  We have assured each and every person that the offer is valid; that it’s simple and worthwhile; that it's a first-class operation.  And on top of everything, we've got a great car at a great price!

Again, William, thanks for all your help and direction.

Eddie Lee

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Nancy & Bill Deuell - California

We thought you might like to see a photo. Our trip was the best ever. We drove 2112 miles and saw a lot of Sweden. It is sure a beautiful country with many friendly people, great food, excellent hotels, and good highway signs The people at the factory delivery center were very cordial and helpful. We had lunch and took the factory tour. It is truly amazing.

When can we go again? Hope to see you soon.

We received travel ideas from your website and want to share with others. Here is a list of places we stayed. All were good and we would recommend any. We drove generally 3 to 4 hours between stops. This made for an easy trip.

Vastanna Slott near Granna - Easy drive from Gothenburg. Wonderful castle.

Grythyttan Gastgivaregard - Known for their dinners. All famous chefs in Sweden have worked here.

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Nancy & Bill Deuell - California

Rica Hotel in Gamlastan - Small rooms in Old Town. Short walk from subway.

Skargardshotellet in Nynashamn - Good place to stay if you are taking the ferry to Visby

Tott Hotel in Visby - A new hotel similar to time shares.

Clarion in Kalmar - You can walk to Kalmar Castle.

Hotel Gasslingen in Skanor - A wonderful hotel near the beaches. Close to bridge to Copenhagen.

Stenungsund Yacht Club in Stenungsund - It's a short drive back to Volvo if returning car. Don't miss Marstrand Island.

Thanks.

Bill and Nancy Deuell

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Anna & Ricardo Hernandez - California

Hi William!

As promised, here's a picture of us at the delivery center with our XC90...

In the future, please dont forget to send me OSD offers for S60's, I trully like it! If things at the office stay the way they are…I might do this next spring-summer.

Seems like the wait is almost over, Don Carlos has arrived at the port with my precious cargo. I cant wait any longer to ask you how long will it take for delivery? I'm planning on taking a scenic trip to the Napa Valley when I pick up the XC90, and of course, meet you and thank you in person.

Again, thank you for such smooth transaction...

I can anticipate that you know I'm real interested in a Naughty S60, to replace my S40, and doing the OSD all over again... we had such great time.

Thanks!

Ricardo and Anna Hernandez

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Dave Hoesly - California

 

 

William,

I wanted to thank you again for all of your assistance while purchasing my new Volvo.  We had a wonderful two-week Scandinavian vacation, which started with delivery of my new S80 on May 17th in Gothenburg.  The entire process (from ordering the car through delivery and returning the car for shipment home) was smooth, stress-free and enjoyable.

 

The car was a dream to drive.  We put nearly 1300 miles as we drove through Sweden, Norway and Denmark.  What a great vacation and great car buying experience!

 

Dave Hoesly

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Dave Hoesly - California

 

(Attached are a few pictures of my car in Sweden.   Feel free to add this to your “flyvolvo” website.)

I am anxiously looking forward to picking up my car at your dealership later this month.

Thanks again for all of your help, I’ll definitely be buying future cars this way.

Dave Hoesly

PS  Please save the red license plates for me when I pick up the car.

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Dave Hoesly - California

William,

It was a pleasure meeting you in person yesterday, and I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful experience of purchasing my new Volvo.

I had a great day driving down the coast yesterday.  It was foggy off and on, but it was always beautiful.  Plus, once I got onto Highway 1 there was little traffic.  Attached is a picture I took near San Simeon around 9 pm last night.

Take care, and thanks again for all of your help.

Dave Hoesly

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The Schultze Family - Italy

 

 

William,

Great experience with OSD, the entire order process you guided me through, and everyone at the Volvo Factory. 

We flew to Oslo Norway to start the trip and only spent a day there since it is very expensive compared to most places in Europe. Traveled to Gothenburg and spent one day seeing the city and another at the factory. I recommend the factory tour and lunch after getting your car!  We did not go to the Volvo Museum, wished we had because I have heard nothing but good things about it.  Picked up the car November 3rd and took the overnight ferry to Kiel Germany.  The ferry ride was a little bumpy since the seas up North are rough in the winter. We then drove to Berlin. During the drive we encountered a snow storm that put a couple inches on the Autobahn, the car handled great.

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The Schultze Family - Italy

We spent two days seeing Berlin, another recommendation for anyone coming to Europe, then drove to Munich for an evening stop. We got the chance to drive at 117 mph, at 4000 rpm, on the Autobahn.  The C30 handles exceptionally well at speed and still had room to go.

We are back home with our C30 in Naples Italy. The whole family enjoyed the trip.

William, I will always refer anyone interested in a Volvo purchase to you.  I had no issues.  You were always quick to answer my questions, even when some of them would have seemed to be at midnight your time when I sent them.

When I am ready to purchase Volvo number 4 we will contact you.

Thanks.

Steve Schultze

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Mike Kobialka - New Jersey

 

I have arrived : )

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Mike Kobialka - New Jersey

 

There it is!

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Mike Kobialka - New Jersey

 

It is real...

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Mike Kobialka - New Jersey

 

Here's your keys!

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Mike Kobialka - New Jersey

 

Which is mine?

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Mike Kobialka - New Jersey

 

Cosmic White C30 twins - delivered on the same day!

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Ken of California meets Mike of New Jersey

- The C30 was designed by Volvo to appeal to two different demographics... the young urban professional and the empty nester. So it is very cool to see C30 owners of different generations from the West Coast and East Coast meet for the first time when they pick up their new Volvo at the factory. Ken is retired and flew with his wife from California to Sweden to pickup their C30. Mike took time off from work in New Jersey to go to Goteborg with his girl friend to get his C30.

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Ken was confused…"Which one belongs to us?  Oh, I remember, Mike has an extra pedal hanging from under the dash; to the left of the brake pedal."

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- Ken and Mike, it’s been a pleasure to help each of you get a new Volvo and a great European vacation. -

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Mike Kobialka - New Jersey

Thanks to William Marks!!!

He answered all of my questions immediately even though initially I had no plan to buy from him. All of the dealers by me well…sucked to put it nice. He ordered the car for me no problem. Even when William found out my age and I told him I would send a personal check for the car in full. He never treated me like a BS’er. He’s good people!!!

My trip was a blast. The drive down the E6 was nice. I liked Gothenburg the best. So easy to settle in, everything was in walking distance, very friendly locals, and cheaper then Denmark by far. Copenhagen is actually really nice! But soooo expensive!

I still can’t get over its mine. It’s so much nicer than I thought. I ordered a bunch of options I had never seen in person, so was slightly worried, but everything is perfect. The wait to get it back to the US is going to be brutal. I haven’t had a car since JULY!!!

Mike Kobialka

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Ken & Billie - California

William,

I had the real pleasure of meeting another client of yours from New Jersey.  We met at the delivery center.  His name is Mike.  He's a great guy who also picked up a Cosmic White C30. It was nice visiting with Mike and Melissa.

We produced a video of the delivery of our C30 and posted it online: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoEmuTDZlyI

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Ken & Billie - California

We're down in Southern Sweden, (Malmo area) now…Out in the middle of nowhere! We're staying at a B&B (Bed and Breakfast) on a farm. I am serious! We are about 30 miles from the main freeway, (E65). The last three roads do not have names. We were given coordinates to put into the GPS to get here. Ms. Garmin would just say..."turn left on this road," (no name because it was just a road). The driveway is dirt/gravel at least a half mile from the paved single lane road. What's amazing is that, even though the roads out here are wide single lane, they are smooth like the interstate freeway. There are no street lights, just flat farm land and lots of deer and wildlife.

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Ken & Billie - California

 

The picture of the keys is interesting. Our delivery date was 11/13. The B&B we stayed in for that evening in Gothenburg has a street address of # 13 and # 1 is the room we stayed in. We were with a family in the city of Gothenburg..

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Ken & Billie - California

We went to Svaneholms Slott (castle), where there was a Christmas market. In the states, they're called a craft fair. Only it was being held in an old castle, about 9 miles from our Bed & Breakfast Inn. The family that we're staying with clipped the article out of the local paper for us; that's the only way we knew about it. It was really nice.

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Ken & Billie - California

 

The whole interior of the castle, all four floors had booths from private parties offering their homemade Christmas wares, Christmas ornaments, etc, etc. And food, home made candies, fudge, all the stuff that makes us gain weight. But what the heck, we're here so why not.

The trip has been an outstanding experience for us. We have put a little over 700 miles on the car. It has been outstanding as well.

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Ken & Billie - California

 

We're staying in a village called Kvarnviks Gards. The farm dates back to 1923, however our cottage is fairly new. The temperature high for the day was 49 degrees; about what it is in the SF Bay Area. We're actually 1.2 miles from the ocean, so it's pretty warm.

Your support has been great. I really appreciate your honesty and openness through the OSD process.

Thank you,

Ken and Billie

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Chris & Stacy Yost - Michigan

William,

Please add this to your site and use any of the photos.

I found the quote below on the website and it is correct, down to the syllable:

"It is a pleasure and honor to share the Volvo Overseas Delivery - Tourist, Diplomat, Expatriate and Military Programs with people around the world.  Please let me know what I can do to help you, your family or your friends go on a "Journey for Life".
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This program has no hidden expenses or surprises of any kind, my wife and I can attest to that...

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Chris & Stacy Yost - Michigan

We had a great time and enjoyed Goteborg and Stockholm for a total of five days.

William has been so patient with us and our questions no matter how minuscule they may have been. He has answered every question with the utmost expediency and kindness.



OSD Sweden delivery: 09 - 10 - 09

U.S. Michigan pickup: 11 - 04 - 09

Chris and Stacy Yost

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Walker Family - California

 

 

William,

We had a terrific trip.  No snafus, mostly good weather, lots of great stuff to see and we were still all on speaking terms when we came home. 

The factory pickup and drop off was flawless. It was a lot of fun driving north from Goteberg along the coast. Only regret is that we didn’t have 2 more weeks. 

Here is a picture of Deborah with her car at a church near Hälleviksstrand.  Feel free to send it to your Delivery Center folks with our thanks they did a terrific job. 

Thanks again.

 

Bob Walker

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Jay Hill - North Carolina

The Volvo factory tour was actually very cool, the complementary Swedish meatballs & lingonberries lunch was really quite good, and the car is great! 

The tour felt kind of like a Disney Fantasyland attraction with hundreds of robots: welding, lifting, rotating, transforming, flipping, attaching Volvo assemblies into completed cars.  Engines, bodies, and components were moving all around us.

The weather is cooler, the days shorter, the skies grayer, and the Internet inexplicably slower up here closer to Lapland and the Arctic Circle.

Tomorrow I go looking for castles, Uppsala, Nordic runes, and reindeer meat.

p.s. Downloading Swedish maps onto my TomTom was a good decision.  I have little idea where I am going, am free to enjoy the enjoy the scenery, yet end up just where I wanted to be. There really are lots of blond, blue eyed, tall Scandinavians here - and they all speak English!

Jay Hill

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Julie & Paul - California

 

We want to say that this was an amazing trip and the experience was awesome!

Julie Howe and Paul Fields

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Julie & Paul - California

 

Lawrence Volvo is the best. We have found our car dealer for life.

Julie Howe and Paul Fields

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Julie & Paul - California

 

Once again,

Thank you so much!

Julie Howe and Paul Fields

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The Nilsson Family - California

William,

We just picked up the car in Gothenburg and drove it on the test track. Beautiful. They remembered your visit last week.

Joakim Nilsson

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Joe & Cathy Hood - New York

Picking up our new C30 in Sweden.

Joe and Cathy Hood

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Joe & Cathy Hood - New York

Having fun driving a Volvo bumper car in Europe.

Joe and Cathy Hood

 

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Mark & Susan Miller - Texas

William,

Just had the opportunity to look at your journal. Great idea and some nice photos. If I were a bit more "computer savvy" I would send you a couple from our trip last summer to pick up our new XC90. What a great adventure it was for us. The whole experience exceeded our expectations at every turn from origianl order to pick up to shipment home.

I would recommend this opportunity to anyone, and I would definitely recommend that anyone interested in an overseas delivery work through you. While my wife and I decided against driving our new Volvo during our stay in Scandinavia, we were more than pleased with the way were treated by SAS and by Volvo. The factory tour was great as was the lunch at the delivery site. The car was exactly how we ordered it, and we were treated like valued guests the entire time we were with anyone associated with Volvo.

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Mark & Susan Miller - Texas

 

We are now the proud owners of two Volvos and cannot wait until we need to purchase another so we can once again experience the Overseas Delivery program and the great service you provide.

We would be more than happy to speak with anyone wanting to know "first hand" what the Overseas Delivery program is all about. We will look forward to working with you and Volvo again when the time comes for our next Volvo. As my wife said once we returned home, "too bad these Volvos last so long because it will be a few years before we need another one and can go back to Sweden to pick it up".

Mark and Susan Miller

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Russ Haig - California

William,

I just got back from Sweden yesterday, and, honestly, I cannot wait to get the car back here. 

I want to thank all of you at Lawrence Volvo for making this such a wonderful experience.  Everything from the ordering process, through the financing, and onto the final delivery at the Factory went flawlessly.  Them Swedes got it together, ja!

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Russ Haig - California

Here’s a couple of photos me picking up the XC60 at the Factory Delivery Center, and one in the Swedish countryside south of Gothenburg.

Call me in two or three years and we’ll think about doing it all over again.

Tak…

Russ Haig

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Ed & Diana White - California

Ed at the Volvo Shop in Sweden just before we picked up our new S40.

Diana White

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Ed & Diana White - California

We had a wonderful trip. How's this for a picture worthy of an advertisement! Just a typical stop in Sweden.

Ed and Diana White

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Ed & Diana White - California

Our Chameleon Blue S40 next to a very large Volvo in Sweden.

Ed and Diana White

 

 

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Ed & Diana White - California

Hi William,

Ed and I are still major advocates for the program after being so satisfied with both our trips. I am attaching one other picture that we English speaking Volvo enthusiasts like.

Diana White

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Debbie Crawshaw - Texas

William,

I just want to say thank you again for all of your help and expertise. Then you go even another extra mile in order to accommodate my daughter's schedule. We have the travel arranged and are going to Dublin as part of the the OSD package. We are so excited. Now my daughter has decided... what is just two days of classes missed for the incredible opportunity.

Warmest regards and thank you!

Debbie Crawshaw

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David & Diane Schick - Florida

William,

We are soon to receive our Volvo here in the US.

Our trip was great and we are looking forward to having the car.

 

Thanks.

David and Diane Schick

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Kevin Dennehy - Colorado

I was always intrigued by OSD. I think it is a great deal / experience. However, working with my local dealer has been less than satisfactory.

I tried to go to the local dealer to ask about models, pricing, details...they seemed to blow me off and suggested that I buy a car through their conventional means. I ended up buying mine through the OSD from William. I was on active duty in Afghanistan during the process--coming in out of the field to use the community computer to do all of the administrative details...the whole process was excellent...thanks to William...and no thanks to the local dealer.

In terms of the trip--the London side trip was excellent. The car service to and from the hotel was almost worth the price of the side trip. This is a great program and I would encourage folks to do it...many thanks to William.

Kevin Dennehy

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John & Elena - Nevada

We got back from Europe last Monday, and we've finally beaten the jet lag blues. We had the trip of a lifetime. Six countries: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France. We put over 1900 miles on the C70 and it performed beautifully. Our only worry was how to avoid getting a single scratch on that beautiful Celestial Blue body. We did it inspite of some of the craziest drivers I've ever seen. Especially in Paris…highway intersections with no lights or traffic cops, with bicycles on one side of the car and motorcycles on the other.

The people in Gothenburg were fabulous hosts. We have over 250 photos and a ton of material for our travel writing business.

Here's a photo of us at the factory being introduced to our new family member.

John and Elena

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John & Elena - Nevada

William,

Love the new web page.

We are thoroughly enjoying our C70. It has the feel of a supercar. We kept the Swedish license plate on the front, just for fun -- and remembrance of our big journey. Here are a few more pictures.

Best,

John and Elena

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Dunmire Family - Oregon

William,

Just got back a few days ago. Thanks so much for your help. Our trip was spectacular!

Thanks again.

Scott Dunmire

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Williams Family - Maryland

The trip was absolutely fabulous. If you are interested I have posted our vacation journal online:

The Overseas Delivery Experience with a 4 year old in tow: http://dreamaastrid.livejournal.com/131983.html

Laurie and David Williams

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Williams Family - Maryland

So, the car rocks, Sweden rocked, Copenhagen rocked, Roskilde rocked in a Viking kinda way, Legoland rocked in a tiny, ridiculously detailed OMG! kinda way, and the flight home so totally did NOT rock, but being home again rocks like nothing else.

Laurie and David Williams

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Katie Hawkinson - California

Dear William,

I just got back to California last night and am trying to regain my footing here. Sweden was outstanding! The car ain't so bad either and what a treat to be able to drive it around such a beautiful place. We experienced all sorts of activities that we could not have planned for and had an excellent guide in our cousin Viveka. It turned out to be a great time to be there. Early spring was in full gear and the weather was quite comfortable. I have a number of photographs to choose from but thought I would send this along for now. This is in front of Svanholm near Malmo.

Thanks again for all of your help in making this happen.

Katie Hawkinson

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Katie Hawkinson - California

- Lake Bodarp - Skane, Sweden - April 2008 - Hawkinson / Hakanson Family Home -

Katie Hawkinson

 

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Craig & Kim Fischer - Texas

William,

Kim and I wanted to thank you again for your fine work and help in helping us with our new Volvo XC60! What a fantastic trip and a very professional experience by Volvo, and a great car.

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Craig & Kim Fischer - Texas

Included here are two pictures of our Volvo, in Provence where we spent two weeks with our new car. Thanks again. How do we know when the car will arrive here? We can't wait!

Craig and Kim Fischer

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The Jansen Family - California

 

On our trip Alex set up a blog to accomplish a section of his Boy Scouts Communications Merit Badge - it should be interesting reading.

www.jansensineurope.blogspot.com

The Jansens

 

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Richard & Karen Mason - Washington

William,

Thanks for all your help.

The trip went well. The arrangements worked perfectly. We picked-up our new C30 yesterday. Most important, my wife is pleased with her new car.

Richard Mason

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Jonathan Kaplan - California

I started out by talking to local dealers in Southern California and found none to be nearly as honest or well informed as William. The process can be a bit complicated, and William's connections within the Volvo Overseas Delivery (OSD) community certainly paid off for me. Whatever you do, use an expert since the local guys who do one or two OSD orders a year really do not have the same resources to offer you. By the way, I took US delivery locally, so the distance is a non-issue.

When I planned my OSD order, I found that almost every dealer I talked to had incorrect information. Most seem to simply make it up in order to get me interested in a sale. William helped me with my order and was open and honest with me from the start. He consistently had correct information and good enough contacts at Volvo corporate to get things done.

Jonathan Kaplan

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Bing Locson - California

Good morning Bill,

Thank you so much for your kindness, hospitality and your professionalism in getting my Volvo XC90. The experience will last a lifetime. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to do business with you. I will most definitely recommend your business and hopefully we can do more in the future.

Should I have any unfinished business please do not hesitate to send me and email or call me.

Again, thank you for everything and for taking care of every detail to get my Volvo here in the US. Working with you is truly a blessing. I am very grateful.

 

Bing Locson

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Dave & Colleen Nickles - California

William,

I just wanted to touch base now that we've returned from our trip. Driving the car was really a pleasant experience. We were sad to have had to end the trip after a week, but everything went very well.

Dave Nickles

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Simon Harrop - Georgia

William,

What a fantastic opportunity to visit an amazing part of the world. Why would anyone buying a new Volvo, even another make not want to do this?

One travel idea is to go down to Germany via ferry and the fantastic Oresund bridge and then hit the autobahn. Where else will you get the chance to test the full capabilities of your wonderful new Volvo.

Simon Harrop

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Bob Torrance - California

William,

Just got back from F1 trip.

It was great. We wanted to go to Spain but just didn't have enough time.

The best sustained speed for us was about 120. We had a lot of traffic - but taking those gentle curves at 120 was amazing.

Yes, the trip was great and the Volvo people were great, too. We went to the race on Saturday and Sunday. Watching the F1 cars in the rain on Saturday was pretty impressive but in the dry on Sunday was really impressive.

Great bunch of people.

Bob Torrance

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Rich Law - Colorado

Trip was awesome and the Volvo guys did a great job hosting 30 people over what was effectively 5 full days of travel. I think we wore them out!

The Nav system was awesome. With no previous experience, we navigated through 5 countries and 3 ferries. Do you know the Nav system actually tells you when you've arrived on the ferry? Very funny.

We went to Spa for two of the three days. We skipped the Qualifying race on Saturday so we were fortunate to stay dry all weekend. Volvo hired a Greyhound type bus ferry us to the race. We had a pretty rough time getting to and from the race, especially on Sunday, but the group stayed in good spirits. This is a compliment to both the Volvo guys and the group as whole!

Oh, yeah. Almost forgot. Got my new S60R up to 152+ mph on the autobahn! It's going to be hard to drive slow from now on!

Rich Law

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Peter Stanwyck - California

 

I’m ready to go to Sweden! Tell them to start preparing the meatballs!

Peter Stanwyck

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John & Jean Wang - Texas

Hello William,

We purchased an XC90 V8 from you and had a wonderful experience. I am not sure we ever thanked you for your help, if not thanks!



John and Jean Wang

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Michal Danek - California

Hi William,

We love our new Volvo. Much better design & features vs our old 2002 XC70. It also steers more solid (not "bouncy" in turns). It did really well in the Alps in Austria. The fuel economy might be bit better - about 17 miles per gallon on mixed road and autobahn.  It may improve on the US highways - no more 100 plus miles per hour... Please keep us posted on the delivery date.

Michal Danek

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Steve & Sara Alaniz - Texas

William,

I have to tell you that this has been ABSOLUTELY one of the best adventures of our lives. We had such an amazing time in Sweden and Spain (our first trip to Europe).

Everything went sooo smoothly, we kept waiting for someone to pop up and say okay well the real deal is that you really have to pay XXXXXX or your hotel is not really a hotel but a share home kinda thing...but we honestly can say that we felt God's favor as everything just fell in line for us. Thank you soooo much and I already have 3 people who are very interested in this program.

Blessings to you,

Sara Alaniz

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Joel & Walt - California

Picking up our new C70 in Sweden at the Volvo Factory Delivery Center. Loving the car! And we tell everyone we can about the Overseas Delivery Program.

Walt and Joel

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Lila & James - California

Here we are with the C30 in the little Czech Republic town of Cesky Krumlov. Call us the minute our new baby arrives - we miss her terribly. Such fun!

Lila

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Steve Gruber - California

Hi William,

The trip was wonderful and the car is better than we anticipated. The factory tour was interesting and we enjoyed the two free nights at the hotel in Gothenburg.

One question: Do we get to keep the Swedish license plate? If it comes with the car please save it for us.

It was a surprise to get a license plate that was bright red, since other plates in Europe are white, yellow, etc., but never red. We figured it was an export license plate, probably used to prevent European residents from taking advantage of the program. But it sure made us stand out in the crowd on the autobahn.

Steve Gruber

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Marcus Holmquist - Alaska

- from someone who ordered their Volvo elsewhere -

William,

Thank you for sending the sticker, I sure appreciate it.

And, as I am talking my head off for the OSD program will also recommend you to others. My dealership wasn't bad, but they also did not meet the level of quality that the rest of the OSD program did. I had to do a lot of leg work myself about things they should have been able to know, do and follow up on.

Many thanks. I wonder who I should contact next time I do an OSD... I will display the "S" with pride.

Marcus Holmquist

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Igor Dralyuk - California

My S60 R parked with other cars participating in the special Volvo Overseas Delivery Nurburgring trip in October 2006.

 

Igor Dralyuk

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Igor Dralyuk - California

The Nürburgring was built in the 1920s around the village and medieval castle of Nürburg pictured in the background.

 

Igor Dralyuk

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Igor Dralyuk - California

Lineup of Volvo cars at the gates at Nurburgring.

Igor Dralyuk

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Igor Dralyuk - California

My Silver Bullet next to instructor's car on the track.

Igor Dralyuk

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Igor Dralyuk - California

The R at Nurburgring. Simply known as "The Ring" by enthusiasts, it's a motorsport race track in Germany widely considered the toughest, most dangerous and most demanding purpose-built race track in the world.

Igor Dralyuk

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Igor Dralyuk - California

Check out the speedometer...

The max speed wasn't on the Ring, it was somewhere in Belgium.

Igor Dralyuk

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Jill Zabel - California

- Jill in her new S40 at the Volvo factory in Sweden. -

Europe was fantastic.  This is such an amazing program Volvo offers! 

When we were driving home from LAX we were behind a Volvo with a red license plate and a CA plate over it.  How exciting and what are the odds?

Hope all is well,

Jill Zabel

 

 

 

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Jill Zabel - California

- Jill receiving her S40 from William at Lawrence Volvo -

William,

I want to extend my warmest thank you to you for all of your help during, and after, my participation in the Volvo Overseas Delivery Program. You always got me immediate answers to my questions (and I always had plenty). I am so glad I made the decision to purchase my S40 through you. You have even offered continued support now that my car has been in Southern California for a couple of months. Thank you for all you do! You're simply wonderful and I hope to work with you again.

Warm regards,

Jill Zabel

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Jim & Lori Willingham - California

Although our trip was in 2003, we still find ourselves telling the story of how we got our Volvo quite often.  My husband's aunt and uncle purchased a Volvo overseas after hearing how much fun we had.

We enjoyed touring the factory and Volvo museum very much, but that was only the beginning of two and a half weeks of adventure!  My husband and I and our two best friends jumped into the car and because we had no real itinerary, literally looked at each other and asked, "Do you guys wanna go left or wanna go right?"  We chose to head to Norway, making a big loop through fjords and drove across the snowfields (thank you for all wheel drive), then hopped a ferry to Denmark.

We drove through Denmark, climbed up an old windmill and drove along the canals.  We checked out cool castles, tulip fields and had amazing food in Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium.  I can't tell you how much fun we had!  Yes, it was a lot of

 

 

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Jim & Lori Willingham - California

driving, but the car was so comfortable that the only complaint I recall was a large block of smelly cheese purchased in Denmark and unwrapped in the car. The cheese spent the next few days on top of the car, we had places to go!

We dropped the car in Belgium and made our way home, anxiously awaiting its arrival.  I love, love, love this car so much that although we purchased a different car last year, (With me kicking and screaming the whole time and prefacing each test drive with the statement, "I'm a hardcore Volvo fan and you're going to have a hard time changing my mind!") I can't bring myself to part with it!  I even emailed Volvo to tell them just how much I love this car.

Needless-to-say, we highly recommend the overseas delivery program. It was a great experience and we look forward to doing it again!  I've attached a photo of our trip.  We pulled off the road to have a car picnic in Sweden.

Sincerely,

Lori Willingham

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Ignacio & Maria - California

Our S60 was the easiest deal I've ever done on a car. William was absolutely fantastic and he made every effort to ensure that everything was peachy perfect and problem free. We still remember our OSD with pleasure. You will be our first stop on our next purchase, whenever my “CFO” (Maria) allows me to start thinking about it. Thanks again.

Ignacio

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Tim & Marilyn Groves - California

Picking up our new Electric Silver S80 sedan at the Volvo Factory Delivery Center. Everything went seamlessly. All of our dealings with Lawrence Volvo, Volvo Travel, and the factory were without incident. And the return of the car to Gothenberg for shipping was easy. We were met at the airport by Volvo and transferred to the hotel. Volvo picked us up the following morning and took us to the factory where the car was ready. Upon return of the car Volvo transferred us to the airport.

Tim and Marilyn Groves

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Tim & Marilyn Groves - California

Marilyn next to our S80 V8 AWD at the pass in Voss, Norway. After taking the Coastal Express Cruise from Bergen and back to Bergen we set off across the Norwegian countryside. The countryside is spectacular and the drive through the pass between Bergen and Balestrand exhibited how well the S80 performed.

Tim and Marilyn Groves

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Tim & Marilyn Groves - California

Our new S80 on the Sognefjord Ferry across the Sognefjord - a beautiful passage. We had a fabulous Smorgasbord at Kiviknes in Balestrand.

Tim and Marilyn Groves

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Tim & Marilyn Groves - California

Parked in front of our hotel in Oslo, Norway. - We stayed at the Clarion Collection Hotel Gabelshus which is modestly priced, charming, and includes a dinner buffet as well as breakfast.

Tim and Marilyn Groves

 

 

 

 

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Tim & Marilyn Groves - California

Here we are at Vastana Slott, in Granna, Sweden.

Vastana Slott is without equal in our travel experience. Overlooking Lake Vattern it dates back to 1590 and has been in the family of the current owners since the 1700's. The castle is full of family heirlooms. Catharina and Fredrik von Otter are charming and gracious hosts. The dinner and the breakfast are as fine as any we had in Sweden and Norway.

Here's the website for this wonderful bed & breakfast - castle and golf course near Lake Vattern: http://www.vastanaslott.se/languages/english.aspx

Tim and Marilyn Groves

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David & Socorro - California

I felt like a kid again, watching that door slooooooowly open...

David

 

 

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David & Socorro - California

Ready to go!! - the start of a BEAUTIFUL friendship...

Barents Blue 2009 C30 R-Design

Sweden pick up - 12.23.08

California pick up at Lawrence Volvo - 03.15.09

David

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Brian & Carla Pera - California

Our Magic Blue Volvo S60 R picked up August 15, 2005 - best trip ever! We started in Goteborg, took the ferry to Denmark drove through much of it (Legoland, Copenhagen ...) then the Oresund Bridge to Sweden and up to Stockholm and back to Goteborg - best trip ever…

Brian and Carla Pera

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Anne & Charles Sweeris - California

- William,

Just a quick note to let you know we picked up and dropped off our car today. All is well. Tomorrow we are on to Rome. Hans sends greetings.

Anne and Charles Sweeris

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Renier Cruz - Florida

William,

Thank you for your help and knowledge. The factory tour alone was worth it. The fjords in Norway were breathtaking.

 

Renier Cruz

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Judd & Mitzi Wasden - Arizona

Hello William,

I appreciate your phone call a week or so ago. We had a wonderful time in Sweden and a great experience picking up our car from the plant.

Many thanks for your help.

Judd and Mitzi Wasden

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Stephanie & Paul Verbanszky - California

Greetings from above the Arctic Circle!

We have taken our new Volvo on quite an adventure so far! It has been wonderful everywhere from the tight roads around Norway's fjords to the dirt roads of remote Lapland.

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Stephanie & Paul Verbanszky - California

This card shows the Finnish traffic that we've encountered : )

Looking forward to having our Volvo in California.

Regards,

Stephanie and Paul Verbanszky

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Through the Overseas Delivery Tourist Program, Americans can obtain a free trip to Sweden with the purchase of a new Volvo car. Volvo provides two complimentary airline tickets to Europe, where the customer picks up their new car from the Volvo factory in Goteborg, Sweden or at one of several other European locations. Then, the new Volvo owners can venture out on a European road trip.  At the end of their vacation they simply drop off their new car at a designated drop off location and Volvo will ship the vehicle to the USA for free.

To learn more about picking your new car up in Europe with the Volvo Overseas Delivery Program please visit www.flyvolvo.com

It is a pleasure and honor to share the Volvo Overseas Delivery - Tourist, Diplomat, Expatriate and Military Programs with people around the world.  Please let me know what I can do to help you, your family or your friends go on a "Journey for Life".

                                                                                                                      William Marks



Volvo. for life

                                                                                      

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