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Destination Charge vs Museum Pickup?

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Aside from the 2400 miles to drive home how does the museum delivery work on the price tag. It seems to be mutually exclusive destination charge or museum delivery. Is this correct or do we have the misfortune to have to pay both?
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The part which I find ludicrous is the destination charge is not a function of the delivery distance. Since I will not be doing a museum delivery (not because of cost, but rather because of time and distance) this translates to me saying that I personally should have to pay one of the highest destination charges in the country to get it transported to San Francisco. So be it: I choose to live here on the Pacific coast, so I should have to pay the price of being so far from Bowling Green. Also, I believe the other people who do choose to do a museum delivery should have a relatively inexpensive destination charge, because the museum is so close to the factory. Otherwise, those other people are essentially subsidizing my delivery for me to the west coast. Why should they pay for me? Ah yes, because the wealthy lobbyists and their elected politicians have decreed it to be so to "level the playing field". I believe quite strongly in a free market, so that really rubs me the wrong way.

I have no opinion on the museum delivery fee.
Is this the first new car you have ever purchased? This policy / regulation has been in place for decades.........
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No, but until I read this thread, it had never truly sunk in that the destination charge was the same for the whole country, and what that implies in practice (the bulb never went on for me until considering the extreme example of the super short delivery to the museum).
I figured you had and my response was somewhat "tongue in cheek". Personally, I believe they should do away with it and bundle it into the MSRP but since many states don't tax this portion of the purchase it would probably cause more harm than good. I'm sure there are other tax and accounting reasons on the manufacturer's side that make it beneficial to break this out as a separate line item.

OTOH, if I were able to accept delivery at the Museum then hand the car back to them for delivery to my local dealer I suppose I wouldn't have as much of a problem with the charge. I would almost be willing to pay for the Museum PDI instead of the delivery prep guy at the local dealership touching the car.
If I lived within a day's drive of the museum, I would do it. I am sure the museum delivery is worth every penny of the cost!
I do (sort of) and I will.
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