New Car Delivery Times

Find all the relevant and latest information on manufacturer delivery times

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New car buyers are often shocked when they find out just how long they have to wait for a car built to their custom specification..

Many car manufacturers have been hit hard by a shortage in semiconductor chips in recent months, resulting in longer wait times for new models.

We’ve put together a list of the most popular cars, showing the current waiting times factory order cars, to provide this information upfront and earlier on in the car buying process.

Use this information as a guide only – when you configure your car and start to get offers from carwow trusted dealers, they will be able to give you the very latest information on delivery times for your specific model.

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New Car Delivery Times By Brand
Model Wait time (weeks) Stock cars available Alternative
BMW 1 Series 36 No

Mercedes A-Class

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BMW 2 Series 36 No

Toyota Supra

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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 36 No

Mercedes CLA

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BMW 3 Series 36 No

Audi A4

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BMW 3 Series Touring  36 No

Audi A4 Avant

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BMW 4 Series 36 No

Audi A5

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BMW 5 Series 36 No

Mercedes E-Class

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BMW 5 Series Touring 36 No

Audi A6 Avant

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BMW 7 Series 36 No

Mercedes S-Class

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BMW X1 36 No

Audi Q2

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BMW X2 36 No

Volvo XC40

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BMW X3 36 No

Audi Q5

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BMW X5 36 No

Mercedes GLE

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BMW i3 52 No

VW ID3

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BMW M135i 36 No

Mercedes-AMG A35

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Model Wait time (weeks)
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Ford Fiesta 27 No

Renault Clio

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Ford Fiesta ST - No

Toyota GR Yaris

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Ford Focus - No

VW Golf

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Ford Focus ST - No

Cupra Leon

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Ford Kuga 27 Yes

Kia Sportage

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Ford Puma 27 Yes

VW T-Cross

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Ford Mustang 27 No

BMW M430i

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Model Wait time (weeks)
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Hyundai i10 36 No

Toyota Aygo

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Hyundai i20 36 No

Kia Rio

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Hyundai i30 - -

Renault Megane

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Hyundai Kona Hybrid 27 No

Ford Puma

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Hyundai Kona Electric 41 No

Peugeot e-2008

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Hyundai Ioniq Electric - No

Kia e-Niro

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Hyundai Santa Fe 36 No

Kia Sorento

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Hyundai

Tucson

41 No

Kia Sportage

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Model Wait time (weeks)
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Jaguar E-Pace 36 No

BMW X2

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Jaguar F-Pace 41 No

Lexus NX

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Jaguar I-Pace 27 Yes

Mercedes EQC

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Jaguar F-Type 27 No

Toyota Supra

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Jaguar XE 52+ No

BMW 3 Series

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Jaguar XF 52+ No

Mercedes E-Class

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Model Wait time (weeks)
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Kia e-Niro 27 Yes

Hyundai Kona Electric

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Kia Niro - -

Ford Puma

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Kia Sorento 45 No

Renault Kadjar

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Kia Sportage - No

Volkswagen Tiguan

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Kia Picanto - No

Toyota Aygo

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Kia XCeed - No

SEAT Ateca

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Model Wait time (weeks)
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Land Rover Defender 27 No

Mercedes G-Class

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Land Rover Discovery Sport 41 No

Audi Q5

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Range Rover Evoque 27 No

BMW X3

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Range Rover Sport 27 No

Mercedes GLE

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Range Rover Velar 27 No

Jaguar F-Pace

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Model Wait time (weeks)
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Nissan Leaf 27 No

Renault Zoe

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Nissan Qashqai 14-27 No

Kia Sportage

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Nissan Juke 36 No

Ford Puma

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Nissan X-Trail - No

Honda CR-V

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Nissan Micra 36 No

Renault Clio

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Model Wait time (weeks)
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Peugeot e-208 14 Yes

Vauxhall Corsa-e

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Peugeot e-2008 14 No

VW ID4

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Peugeot 208 10 No

Vauxhall Corsa

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Peugeot 2008 14 No

Volkswagen T-Cross

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Peugeot 3008 27 No

SEAT Ateca

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Peugeot 5008 27 No

Skoda Kodiaq

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Model Wait time (weeks)
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SEAT Arona 27 No

Ford Puma

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SEAT Ibiza 27 No

Audi A1

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SEAT Leon 50 No

Kia Ceed

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SEAT Tarraco 27 No

VW Touareg 

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SEAT Ateca 27 No

Skoda Kamiq

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Model Wait time (weeks)
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Skoda Enyaq 52 No

VW ID4

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Skoda Kamiq 18 No

SEAT Arona

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Skoda Karoq 18 No

Ford Kuga

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Skoda Kodiaq 36 No

Kia Sorento

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Skoda Superb Estate 41 No

BMW 3 Series Touring

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Model Wait time (weeks)
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Toyota Aygo - No

Hyundai i10

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Toyota C-HR 14 No

Kia XCeed

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Toyota Corolla 18 No

Skoda Scala

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Toyota RAV4 45 No

Skoda Kodiaq

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Toyota Yaris 18 No

Suzuki Swift

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Model Wait time (weeks)
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Volkswagen Golf 41 No

SEAT Leon

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Volkswagen Golf GTI 45 No

Ford Focus ST

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Volkswagen Golf R 45 No

Mercedes-AMG A35

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Volkswagen Polo 32 No

Renault Clio

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Volkswagen T-Cross 23 No

Ford Puma

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Volkswagen Tiguan

52 No

Skoda Karoq

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Volkswagen Touareg 52 No

Audi Q5

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Volkswagen ID3 52 Yes

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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Volkswagen ID4 52 No

Skoda Enyaq

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Model Wait time (weeks)
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Volvo V60 December No

BMW 3 Series Touring

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Volvo V90 December No

Mercedes E-Class Estate

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Volvo XC40 September-October  No

Audi Q2

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Volvo XC60 December  No

BMW X3

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Volvo XC90 December  No

Mercedes GLE

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New Car Delivery FAQs

This is the time it takes from when you order a car at a dealership to it being ready for you to drive away from the showroom. When you spec a car to your individual tastes - your specific colour and fitted with all the options and option packs you want - that car will be made to order in a factory possibly on the other side of the world.
So your order has to be processed and your car built and then transported to the UK. It then has to be given a pre-delivery inspection to make sure the car hasn't been damaged in transportation. And then when it has been delivered to your dealership, any final dealer-fit options are added and your car prepped so it's ready for you to drive away on the date that suits you.
All this can take weeks to complete and is the delivery lead time.

The term factory order refers to a new car that's been built according to a customer's requirements. You'll tell a dealer exactly what engine, trim, colour and any extras you want and the manufacturer will build a new car to your exact specification.

This is a 'how long is a piece of string' question because there are so many variables involved. Generally, a waiting time of between one and three months is not unusual. If you opt for a very popular car but with very specific options and/or uncommon paint colours then that time could be much longer. Before you place your order, you should ask your dealer roughly how long the car will take to be delivered.

If you are prepared to compromise a little. Car makers build stock cars in large batches. These are models in standard colours in the most popular trims and equipment levels. If you choose a stock car, rather than your unique specification you should be able to get these versions much quicker.

Generally, the stock cars on carwow can be delivered in around two to three weeks, but that depends on if there is a supply of stock cars and how busy your dealership is with handovers or deliveries.

There are lots of reasons your new car could be delayed. A car is made up of thousands of components, many made by external suppliers. A delay in any one of these components getting to the factory could cause delays in your car being made.
If you are buying a hybrid or electric car, which rely on specific materials for their battery packs, sourcing of these materials could cause specific delays for these types of cars.
Industrial problems at the plant or severe weather disrupting shipping could cause delays too.
If your car is damaged in transportation and remedial repairs made, then that takes up time. And lastly, your dealer has to arrange the handover or delivery of your new car on a date and time that suits you and so has to make sure there is the staff to do so, although of course this could extend the delay by days rather than weeks or months.

Every major car factory in Europe closed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The European Automobile Manufacturers Association estimates that nearly 2.5 million fewer cars were made across Europe during lockdown because of the outbreak.
As different countries come out of lockdown, car makers are slowly reopening their factories. From Audi to Volvo, companies have said they have begun a gradual restart of production, albeit at lower volumes than before. This is because they have implemented social distancing procedures, to ensure the safety of staff. And also, because the economic outlook is uncertain car makers are not expecting the demand for new cars to be as high as it was before the pandemic.

Exact delivery times are hard to predict and, as a result, some dealers may be hesitant to give an exact date. Building a car is a complicated process and a small delay at any one stage could set the entire production line back days or even weeks. Some manufacturers may also choose to prioritise a particular type of car or engine for supply chain or demand reasons.
As a result, any new car delivery time should be taken with a small pinch of salt. It's often a good idea to order as early as possible – you can always leave the car at the dealership unregistered if it arrives a little too early for you.

If you change your mind about a particular option, you'll be able to alter your order up to a point. Broadly speaking, most manufacturers will allow you to change things like paint colour and optional extras at a later date than the engine or gearbox, for example.

Yes. Most leasing companies source their vehicles through dealerships, so will face the same issues as a car dealer. Again, if they are quoting for a stock car, a lease car should be delivered within two to three weeks. If they are quoting for a factory order it could take months for your car to arrive. Make sure you are aware of the delivery time before committing to a lease.

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