Did you know Mercedes-Benz offered 350 model cars in Europe and only 70 models in the US? Have you been looking for but never found the world-famous BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, Audi A1 Sportback, or many of the Ferrari cars because they are not currently mass-imported into the United States?
European manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Volvo make many of their cars right here, in the US. That saves them a lot of money. Have they ever passed the savings over to you, the consumer, or you still have to pay the dealer the same inflated price compared with the identical model in Europe?
Shopping around has become an international obsession in recent years. Few people nowadays would buy a car (or furniture or any other major item) before comparing prices of at least three, four or more dealers. We are often willing to spend days and even weeks, and travel 30, 40, or 50 miles to get that attractive price break. Unfortunately, most people do not realize that a ”shopping-around spree” is nothing other than chasing rainbows. By expending all this effort looking for the ”super bargain” we often end up just kidding ourselves.