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Old 01-17-2013, 05:50 AM
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Cars from S Africa: How long on water?

So how long does it take once on water?

I ordered last Friday. MY CA said I should expect my car in 8 to 12 weeks. My car is in production and expected to be done next Thursday.

I'm thinking I might get this pretty quickly, but I'm not really sure how long it takes to come from S Africa. Obviously longer, right? S Africa is much further than Europe...
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:06 AM
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its usually 4-6 weeks longer than an AG build.
aside from some special runs, cars from SA are shipped to bremerhaven first for distribution, then loaded onto ships for their final destination
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:14 AM
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So how long does it take once on water?

I ordered last Friday. MY CA said I should expect my car in 8 to 12 weeks. My car is in production and expected to be done next Thursday.

I'm thinking I might get this pretty quickly, but I'm not really sure how long it takes to come from S Africa. Obviously longer, right? S Africa is much further than Europe...
To sound like a broken record…..

Your build isn't that unique. You should be able to find one exactly like it, or pretty damn close, within 500 miles of your house. Take a one-way flight, drive it home, be in your new car next week. Waiting 3 months is really harsh.

At the very least, find another dealer with a 335i allocation out of Germany not South Africa. If you want the name and number of my aggressive sales associate here in New Jersey, PM me. He'll hook you up.

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:27 AM
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its usually 4-6 weeks longer than an AG build.
aside from some special runs, cars from SA are shipped to bremerhaven first for distribution, then loaded onto ships for their final destination
Really, so they go to Germany, then here. OK. Thanks.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:31 AM
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To sound like a broken record…...

Your build isn't that unique. You should be able to find one exactly like it, or pretty damn close, within 500 miles of your house. Take a one-way flight, drive it home, be in your new car next week. Waiting 3 months is really harsh.

At the very least, find another dealer with a 335i allocation out of Germany not South Africa. If you want the name and number of my aggressive sales associate here in New Jersey, PM me. He'll hook you up.

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It's ok. I'm good. Plus, I am about to get on a plane and go on a nice long vacation. So I won't have much of an opportunity to do that.

I got the deal I want (after dealing with all the dealers in a 50 mile radius). The price I want. The exact car I want. I am ok with waiting. It's no big deal.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:47 AM
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It's ok. I'm good. Plus, I am about to get on a plane and go on a nice long vacation. So I won't have much of an opportunity to do that.

I got the deal I want (after dealing with all the dealers in a 50 mile radius). The price I want. The exact car I want. I am ok with waiting. It's no big deal.
Enjoy. Where are you vacationing?

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Enjoy. Where are you vacationing?

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Vegas.
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Vegas.
There are 100 2013 335i Sedans in the Los Angeles vicinity.

After three days of relaxing in the sun, fly there, buy a car, drive it back home.

http://www.cars.com/for-sale/new/sed...102&bsId=20211

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BJ just tell him why to avoid a SA build.
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BJ just tell him why to avoid a SA build.
It's all good.
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I just picked up my 328i Wednesday. It was a South Africa build. I placed my original order at the end of October. So, about 2.5 months total. My dealer had an existing allocation so my order went in quickly. They said it took a record 45 days at sea to get here! Still not the end of the world for a $40k+ car built exactly how you want it. Hell, for some Alden shoes made in America you have to put a deposit down and wait 1-2 years for some styles to come in with NO promised date of delivery. The wait was kind of fun. I had a nice Audi to drive while I waited and it arrived within 14 days of when I expected it. I'd say, make sure you get a car you are happy with. Unless you want to lose a ton of money, your stuck with it for about three years!
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I just picked up my 328i Wednesday. It was a South Africa build. I placed my original order at the end of October. So, about 2.5 months total. My dealer had an existing allocation so my order went in quickly. They said it took a record 45 days at sea to get here! Still not the end of the world for a $40k+ car built exactly how you want it. Hell, for some Alden shoes made in America you have to put a deposit down and wait 1-2 years for some styles to come in with NO promised date of delivery. The wait was kind of fun. I had a nice Audi to drive while I waited and it arrived within 14 days of when I expected it. I'd say, make sure you get a car you are happy with. Unless you want to lose a ton of money, your stuck with it for about three years!
Congrats. Yeah, I have plenty of patience. When I signed on the dotted line, they said I'll get the car in March or April (and more likely April than March). It was a lot of work negotiating the deal I got, and I am really happy with it.

I got the price I want and the exact car I want. I'm done with the process. Now I'm content to sit back and wait a couple months. Plus, it won't be so bad to pick it up in the springtime anyway.

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Plus, it won't be so bad to pick it up in the springtime anyway.

Exactly my thoughts - we're getting them precisely when the nice weather begins. Well done!
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