VW ID Buzz Wait Times Can Be Cut By Toning Down the Paint Selection

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

We’re several months away from the launch of the retro-inspired Volkswagen ID. Buzz, and there’s already talk of delays and extreme demand. Autocar reported that VW has more than 26,000 orders for the van, with wait times that extend to 18 months for European buyers. The situation may be the same when it lands here, but the automaker has some tips on beating the extreme wait.

Some options choices can reduce the wait for a new ID. Buzz by almost a year, including opting for a single paint color instead of two-tone options. Other tips relate to the ongoing microchip shortage, as buyers can cut the Infotainment Package Plus to speed up the production of their new van.

A VW rep told Autocar that “some are happy to wait, some are keen to change,” but it’s unclear if American buyers will have the same enthusiasm about the ID. Buzz when it arrives here.

That said, people go crazy for retro-inspired remakes (see: Ford Bronco), so there’s every chance the van is a smash hit. If that’s the case, Americans will be faced with waiting, simplifying their order, or paying what will surely be a ridiculous dealer markup or second-hand scalper’s price.

[Image: Volkswagen]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Kwik_Shift_Pro4X on Feb 22, 2023

    I'm warming up to this VW ID Buzz. I wouldn't purposely desire an EV, but IF I had to this could be the one, if pricing is reasonable and range is great in cold weather.

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    • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Kwik_Shift_Pro4X on Feb 22, 2023

      I do not believe any EV will have any long ranges or fast/convenient charging in mind for long term happiness.

  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Feb 22, 2023

    Can't wait to check one of these out. The new Abarth is still at the top of my list though if I had to replace mine assuming it actually comes here.

  • Lichtronamo Lichtronamo on Feb 22, 2023

    Put a deposit on a Mk8 Golf R in Oct 2021 - still waiting. Only 12 variations of the car, but do you think my dealer can get an allocation for black with a manual transmission. Crazy.

  • Islander800 Islander800 on Feb 22, 2023

    I felt 25 years ago that people who enjoy good auto design were yearning for a great modern retro vehicles and along came the 2005 Mustang GT - and I had to have one. The Bug and Mini also showed the demand was there and now the ID Buzz. My question is, when is GM going to wake up and give us a modern retro take on the classic Tri-Five Chevies? They did some auto show takes almost twenty years ago and then....nothing. Come on, Barra, green light one on your Ultium skateboard EV platforms.