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Re: Why should an ordered car arrive with > 2 mile (archive)

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Posted by Chris on April 16, 1999 at 09:27:50:

In Reply to: Why should an ordered car arrive with > 2 mile? posted by Jacob on April 16, 1999 at 02:17:03:

Dude, you need to get a grip. Think about what you are doing for a moment. Your car has not even arrived and you are freaking that it might have 7 miles on it and, my god, what have they been doing to my car! To prove to yourself that 2-4 miles is the max that any civilized society would put on YOUR new baby, you have gone through more convoluted calculations than Dennis Rodman's accountant figuring his hair color budget.

I am guessing that you have ordered this car, the thrill is gone until it arrives, and you are desparately doing anything to obsess about it until if finally arrives. Similar to "is silver really more delicate?" or "should I have gotten the sport package?" or an oldie but a baddie, "leather vs leatherette".

Suggestion, get a nice book that will fill your idle moments. Get one long enough to cover the time until your car shows up. Dream that when it does, the odometer will just turn to 0.1 as you pull out of the dealers lot. You could even get a book about BMW, though the therapeutic effects will be lessened.


: I saw the prior thread regarding pre-ordered BMW's arriving with what looks likes 2-9 miles for the low range. 2 seems just right, with 3-4 acceptable. Anything more seems excessive.

: I'm pretty close to ordering a custom ordered BMW myself and this got me thinking/worried. Basically, if I'm going to suffer through the wait of ordering a car, I want to make darn sure I get a brand spanking new car with only the minimum miles needed to deliver it with no test drives / joy rides on it.

: My question is, why should a pre-ordered car arrive with anything more than 2 mile on it? Just looking at it from a logistics point of view, I calculated that 2 miles based on:

: -you figure there's a guy who drives it off the assembly line to some temporary holding lot (0.1 - 0.3 miles)
: -then some other guy drives it off the holding lot to the shipping lot where they get loaded on trucks (0.1 to 0.5 miles)
: -then some other guy drives it onto the carrier trucks (0.1 miles)
: -then some guy drives if off the carrier truck to the shipyard cargo parking lot (0.1 to 0.3 miles)
: -then some other guy drives it off the cargo parking lot into the ship (0.1 to 0.3 miles)
: -then some other guy drives it off the ship to the cargo parking lot of the destination port (0.1 to 0.3 miles)
: -then some other guy drives it off the cargo parking lot onto a carrier truck (0.1 miles)
: -then the dealer/carrier driver drives it off the carrier truck onto the dealer's lot (0.1 to 0.2 miles)

: the range I arrive at is 0.8 to 2.1 miles. even assuming a bit larger range to deal with ports with really large cargo lots and doubling that figure, i can't think of anything else to account for legitimate delivery miles.

: jon/rick - what kind of milage are you seeing on cars coming into your dealerships ordered by customers?

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