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New car delivery times: how long will you have to wait?

New car lead times mean you may be in for a frustrating wait before your car's delivered; some cars have longer lead times than others

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With dealerships having opened their doors and a number of online car buying platforms emerging in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may expect everything is back to normal when it comes to buying a new car. However, that’s not quite the case, as there are still a number of hurdles for your new car to cross before you collect the keys for it.

For starters, there are still production delays due to a limited supply of parts needed to build a new car. A shortage of semiconductor chips, which are used in a new car’s myriad computing systems, has reigned in the number of new cars coming off the production line, and the conflict in Ukraine has also impacted the supply of parts produced in the country.

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All of this means that, if you place an order now for a new car, you may need to wait a while before it’s ready to collect. Depending on the make and model, you may have to sit tight for anywhere between a few weeks to a number of months. In some extreme cases, it may take a year or more before your new car has been shipped to the UK.

If you aren’t too fussed over the spec and colour of your next car, there is the possibility of going buying a car that’s from dealer stock. These cars will already have been built, though as they’ve yet to be registered you will be the car’s official first owner by the time you buy and collect it. However, depending on what’s available in the dealer’s inventory, you may find the dealer stock pickings to be on the limited side – especially if you were specifically looking for a car in a certain specification. Don’t expect bargains, either, as the shortage of new cars has pushed prices of nearly new and used models up.

Below are examples of new car lead times for a selection of car manufacturers.

Audi lead times

Audi didn't give us any estimates on lead times, but a statement from the company said that customers are being contacted to keep them up to date with progress.

BMW lead times

Depending on the model, there’s typically a lead time of six to nine months for a new BMW. However, this can vary depending on the car’s popularity – for example, there’s strong demand for BMW’s plug-in hybrid and fully electric cars, and these may take longer. In comparison, dealer stock orders will take around two weeks to be delivered, though be aware availability may be limited depending on the car and spec you're looking for.

Ford lead times

Lead times for new Fords can vary quite a bit, depending on the model you plan on ordering. A new Ford EcoSport can take between three to four months to arrive, for instance, whereas it can take up to seven months for a Ford Mustang Mach-E to land on your driveway. At the time of writing, Ford has also temporarily suspended new orders for its Fiesta, FocusGalaxy and S-MAX models, as it works through an existing backlog that runs beyond September 2022.

Genesis lead times

Currently, Genesis G70 and GV70 models are expected to be delivered in four to five months, while its larger G80 and GV80 models have a seven to eight-month lead time.

Jaguar lead times

Jaguar predicts six-month lead times for the XE, XF and I-Pace models, while the Jaguar F-Type sports car is subject to a six to nine-month waiting time. For the E-Pace, specific models are available within six or 12 months, but some aren't available to order. No F-Pace models are available to order at the time of writing.

Kia lead times

The majority of Kia models are slated to arrive three to four months from the point of order. An exception is the Kia EV6 which, in GT-Line and GT-Line S specifications, you'll be waiting until early 2023 for. Kia says it has a reasonable level of UK supply but demand is high.

Land Rover lead times

As with many car makers, the availability of new Land Rovers can vary across the model range. As a general rule of thumb, lead times range from six to 12 months on average. The new Range Rover is expected to be delivered in at least a year from now. Some Evoque and Discovery models are currently suspended.

Mazda lead times

Mazda is confident that recent orders will be fulfilled by the end of September, but some derivatives are likely to take longer. The company's UK stock is described as 'limited'.

MINI lead times

MINI is owned by BMW, so it perhaps unsurprisingly has lead times that mirror those of its parent company. If you place an order for a new MINI now, it will likely take between six and nine months for the car to be delivered. Anticipate a longer wait if you've ordered a fully electric MINI Electric or the plug-in hybrid MINI Countryman.

Skoda lead times

Depending on the model, you'll be waiting between two and eight months for a new Skoda. The Fabia, Scala and Kamiq have the shortest waiting times, with the Kodiaq and Superb hatchback not far behind. In a reoccuring trend, the plug-in hybrid Octavia iV and electric Enyaq have the longest lead times.

Subaru lead times

Regardless of the model, it will take a while before the new Subaru you order arrives in the UK. Depending on the vehicle, lead times for new Subarus vary from six to eight months at the time of writing.

Tesla lead times

Only the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are available to order at the moment. The Model Y seems to be a priority, with deliveries expected between August and October; customers who order a Model 3 look set to have to wait until January-March 2023 for delivery. Model S and Model X models can be preordered with a £100 reservation fee, but there are no details on pricing or when they'll be available.

Vauxhall lead times

Vauxhall quotes different lead times for its various models, but generally it's between 18 and 25 weeks - so up to six months. Different specs can impact delivery dates, too – for instance, the fully-electric Corsa-e’s lead times are much longer than the petrol model.

Volvo lead times

Lead times for new Volvo cars vary, depending on which model has been ordered. The S60, V60, S90, V90 and C40 are due in nine to 12 months; its SUVs have year-long waiting lists (or longer in some cases). Some long lead times are also the result of Volvo selling through its entire allocation of certain models for 2022. 

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