If Amazon Prime delivery to your doorstep is old news and in-home delivery leaves you a bit creeped out, how about delivery to your parked car?
The online retailer has rolled out a new option for receiving your purchases called “in-car delivery.”
First, the bad news — the service is not yet available in North Dakota. You can sign up to receive an email notification when it is offered in the state.
Second, there are costs associated with using this delivery program.
Here’s how the program works.
First, you have to be a Prime member with Amazon, something that will set you back $99 per year. With Prime, you’ll receive free two-day delivery on purchases, streaming music, e-books and a host of other benefits (you can read all about that here).
Once you’re a Prime member, you go to the in-car delivery page and check to see if your vehicle and your location are eligible for in-car delivery. Your vehicle must have features such as remote lock and unlock, remote start, in-vehicle Wi-Fi and more.
You also need a connected car service plan that will allow Amazon Key to connect with your vehicle for in-car deliveries. These plans are through the car company or your dealer and can either be free or require some form of recurring charge.
Amazon has partnered with several vehicle manufacturers, so there is a reasonably large combination of makes and models that support the in-vehicle delivery program.
However, the model year range only goes back to 2010, and there are some makes that aren’t eligible.
If your zip code and vehicle are on the list, you then download the free Amazon Key app to your smartphone (Apple or Android).
Complete the setup in the app. Then shop online.
When you check out, select your delivery address and then choose the in-car delivery option. Amazon will then tell you when you can expect delivery.
On your delivery day, Amazon will give you a roughly four-hour delivery window. You have to park within two blocks of your selected delivery address.
Amazon will pass along your vehicle information (including license plate number) to the delivery person. Amazon will then remotely unlock the car when the driver arrives. Your packages are placed inside the vehicle and Amazon remotely locks the doors.
There’s no word yet on when the in-car delivery option will find its way into North Dakota. Right now, the service is being offered in larger metropolitan areas.
You can learn more about the new service here.