What you need to know: New Car Delivery Timescales

Published 11 November 2021
in Advice
What you need to know: New Car Delivery Timescales

With many manufacturers pausing or slowing production during the coronavirus pandemic, along with the issues surrounding the shortage of semiconductors and the shipping delays compounded by Brexit, we are finding that building back towards capacity and getting the supply chain moving again is taking some time.

Consequently, the lead time for delivery of many new cars is becoming longer than expected. We are keeping a close eye on the situation and will continue to keep our clients proactively informed on progress. We have assembled a list with the support of our core brand partners, as a guide for those who may be looking to renew their car in the near future. As always, the best approach is to get in touch with the experts here at Pike + Bambridge for the latest impartial advice and support!


Most Audi models are currently seeing a lead time of between four and five months, with the most popular variants (including the A4 Avant and Q5) at around five months. The popular electric model, the e-tron, is now experiencing a wait of around seven months.


Compared to Audi, there are fewer BMW cars in stock, and customers are looking at a similar lead time of around four to six months for custom builds of most core models. The all-electric i3 and iX are also now a four-month wait.


Most core models in Jaguar’s reduced line-up have lengthened to between six and nine months, with the popular all-electric I-PACE deliverable within 3-4 months on factory order (with a small number of stock cars available), while the XE and XF are facing a 12-month lead time.


Extremely limited stock available.  Lead times ranging from 3 months (ID.3 and ID.4) to 10 months (Golf R) with the VW Golf and Tiguan both a 4-5 month wait.

Land Rover

Similarly, all of Land Rover’s range now have a current wait time of around six to nine months, with very little stock remaining.


Mercedes-Benz is perhaps the brand with the largest range of lead times among its models, with the EQC and some A-Class variants available within around two months of order, but some E-Classes, and the popular GLE, closer to ten months. Customers ordering a GLC would be looking at a wait of around 5 months. There is some limited stock available across all models. In addition, our sources have advised that no AMG cars will be produced for the rest of the current year.


Having hitherto ridden the storm better than most, the Swedish maker is now beginning to feel the impact, with lead times for all models now stretching out towards 4-5 months.


The situation is of course fluid, and we are seeing production and delivery dates move both back and forth, so we’ll be sure to keep this list updated with the latest information from our network of trusted core brand partners.

If you’d like to discuss your options, we’d advise getting in touch with our experts sooner rather than later – and for further information on some of the issues mentioned here, such as the semiconductor shortage, check out our blogs.