In Reply to: Re: When is VIN assigned? Is posted by Courtney on March 07, 1999 at 14:47:48:
: I have a follow-on question: What delivery tracking information is available online to the dealer (build date, ship date, port departure/arrival, projected delivery date, etc)?
DEALER HAS ACCESS TO BUILD DATE, SHIP DATE, ARRIVAL IN PORT DATE AND THEN HE ESTIMATES BASED ON EXPERIENCE AS TO DAYS FROM PORT TO HIS PARTICULAR DEALERSHIP. NOTE THOUGHT THAT ALL OF THIS INFO IS SOMETIMES OBTAINED A COUPLE OF DAYS AFTER THE EVENT SINCE THE UPDATE PROCESS SEEMS TO HAVE SOME LAG.
: : My sales guy just provided me with the VIN number for my factory order 328i with Sports Package. When is the VIN assigned (before or after build completion)?
UNSURE BECAUSE OF AFOREMENTIONED LAG, I COULD NOT MAKE OUT AND DID NOT BOTHER MY DEALER WITH WHAT I THOUGHT HE WOULD CONSIDER AS INANE (OF COURSE FOR ONE WAITING FOR A BMW, IT WOULD BE QUITE NORMAL LOL)
: : The car should be shipped to Charleston SC and then prepped at the factory in Spartanburg before final delivery to Raleigh NC. My salesman says the car has been coded "hot" to help expedite delivery. Is this possible or is he just trying to pacify me?
YES, IN MY CASE IT WAS TO BE PREPPED IN SOME PLACE IN JERSEY. AND YES THEY DO EXPEDITE ALL CARS CATEGORISED AS "SOLD". THE STATUS SHEET SHOWS WHICH CARS ARE SOLD. MY DEALER READILY GAVE ME PRINOUTS OF DAILY STATUS REPORTS (NOT DAILY BUT ON DAYS WHEN I REQUESTED IT OF HIM - ABOUT THREE TIMES IN TWO MONTHS - WANTED TO USE MY GOODWILL FOR OTHER ISSUES SHOULD THEY ARISE - SUGGEST YOU USE SUCH "GOODWILL" WITH DISCRETION)
CHEERS. AND BEST OF LUCK.