BMW Ultimate Driving Event for 2013 - $1,000 Incentive

by Bimmerfest.com Member - tturedraider on April 26, 2013, 6:29 pm
BMW Ultimate Driving Experiance

Well, this isn't F3x specific, but since 3er folks are my peeps and the F3x has the largest potential new buyer audience right now I'm gonna cross post this here for youse guys. Get your $1,000 incentive here!

Coming to a BMW dealership near you- https://www.bmwusa.com/secured/conte...ESummer13.aspx

Quote:
Originally Posted by analogue View Post
I have an existing lease terminating this summer, so I assume I was targeted.

You can go to this page to sign up:

https://www.bmwusa.com/secured/conte...ESummer13.aspx

Just click "No ID Code" then on the next page enter your zip to search for participating dealers and the date of their event.
Thanks to analogue for providing the link! A few additional incentive details - http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...99#post7544699

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201 responses to BMW Ultimate Driving Event for 2013 - $1,000 Incentive

justinnum1 commented:
April 26, 2013, 6:34 pm

Signed up for it...going to add it to the march incentives i locked in looking to get an additional 2750 after i negotiate 500 over invoice! might be able to get it for 2000 under invoice.
kkapdolee commented:
April 26, 2013, 7:06 pm

I signed up too just to experience driving different bimmers more than i can in a regular test deive.


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3ismagic# commented:
April 26, 2013, 7:16 pm

Signed up for one July 27th. Gonna drive the X1 and the F31 assuming it's available.
terryn commented:
April 27, 2013, 7:40 am

What is this event? The web page offers no explanation. It's nice to know what you are signing up for

After some searching I gather that that it is the opportunity to test drive cars?
A $1000 incentive is offered to all attendees? What are the rules for applying it? Can it be applied to a car I will be taking delivery on in two weeks?

My dealer is holding the event July 16, don't see anything offered in the area before July. Am I correct in assuming I won't be able to take advantage of this with the car coming in
Mark K commented:
April 27, 2013, 8:29 am

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Originally Posted by kkapdolee View Post
I signed up too just to experience driving different bimmers more than i can in a regular test deive.
If this is the same thing as USA Team $1,000 off event (and it seems to be), chances are you will be given the route to follow. Granted, nobody is with you so you can freely interpret the route, but that doesn't do any good to ME since just a detour to proper testing ground would be at least 20 min and then test drive in my case. I was given about 10 miles route ... so you should realistically be back in no more than 20 minutes.

Granted, different event and different dealership, but I don't think it will be that much different from last year's format.
zoombie99 commented:
April 27, 2013, 9:40 am

No 4 series



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thebest commented:
April 27, 2013, 9:49 am

Can this be used in conjunction with the BMWCCA $500 rebate? Thanks.
chris328 commented:
April 27, 2013, 9:57 am

i remember i did this a couple years ago and they gave me a 650i, man i flogged that thing
hispeed4fun commented:
April 27, 2013, 10:35 am

I am picking my car up in a few weeks, is there anyway i can use any credit i get after i get the car?
brkf commented:
April 28, 2013, 3:17 am

Nice... no interest in the 6 series gran coupe but the chance to play with a Porsche... okey dokey.
dtc100 commented:
April 28, 2013, 10:08 am

Anyone received a confirmation email?
-=Hot|Ice=- commented:
April 28, 2013, 10:28 am

We got hammered last year.
jlukja commented:
April 28, 2013, 1:17 pm

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Originally Posted by dtc100 View Post
Anyone received a confirmation email?
I signed up the day this thread was started but have not received the confirmation e-mail yet.
chiefneil commented:
April 28, 2013, 1:34 pm

Thanks for posting the link, just registered.
Snareman commented:
April 28, 2013, 2:06 pm

Wow, I'll forget about the thing by July. I'm guessing based on previous deals like this that you can't apply the money to a Euro Delivery car.

Registered
jagu commented:
April 28, 2013, 4:07 pm

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Originally Posted by Snareman View Post
Wow, I'll forget about the thing by July. I'm guessing based on previous deals like this that you can't apply the money to a Euro Delivery car.

Registered
Yes, it's not applicable for ED, but it brings the price of 3 series closer to ED when you factor traveling expenses and this $1000 incentive.
skierrob commented:
April 29, 2013, 6:42 pm

Hrmm... I was going to buy a 328i in mid May --- just registered for the event, though, so I guess I'll be waiting until after my local event date in mid-June to place an order.

Unless anyone thinks that BMW will give me the $1,000 early???

Robert
jagu commented:
April 29, 2013, 8:53 pm

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Originally Posted by skierrob View Post
Hrmm... I was going to buy a 328i in mid May --- just registered for the event, though, so I guess I'll be waiting until after my local event date in mid-June to place an order.

Unless anyone thinks that BMW will give me the $1,000 early???

Robert
LOL. No.
tturedraider commented:
April 29, 2013, 11:08 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by skierrob View Post
Hrmm... I was going to buy a 328i in mid May --- just registered for the event, though, so I guess I'll be waiting until after my local event date in mid-June to place an order.

Unless anyone thinks that BMW will give me the $1,000 early???

Robert
The likelihood is high you will have to order a 2014 model by the time mid-June rolls around. The 2014 price increase will probably be at least $300.
bayoucity commented:
April 29, 2013, 11:14 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by dtc100 View Post
Anyone received a confirmation email?
I have via the invitation ID received in the mail.

dtc100 commented:
April 30, 2013, 8:27 am

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Originally Posted by bayoucity View Post
I have via the invitation ID received in the mail.

Thank you for the headsup, if you got this after registering online, I shall be prepared for seeing three of this.
analogue commented:
April 30, 2013, 12:14 pm

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Originally Posted by dtc100 View Post
Thank you for the headsup, if you got this after registering online, I shall be prepared for seeing three of this.
These mailings are not sent out after you register. They are physical invitations that contain your personal invite code if you were targeted for the event.

I've received both emails and this paper version of the invitation, but I have not registered since it is pointless because I cannot use the offer on an already ordered car.

My speculation is that if you register with an ID code, you get a confirmation. Those who register without a specific invitation might be sitting in a queue where they will get confirmed spots if the event is not fully booked with invitees. At least that is how I would have run the program.
chris328 commented:
April 30, 2013, 12:20 pm

last time i went i never even registered, but my SA told me to just show up, so i did and it was fine. didnt even really have to wait that long. just make sure you sign the papers after the event or else you might not qualify for the 1k
jlukja commented:
April 30, 2013, 2:08 pm

I just bought my F30 so I won't be able to use the discount. Still, it should be fun to drive the BMWs and their direct competitors back-to-back.
bayoucity commented:
April 30, 2013, 2:39 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by dtc100 View Post
Thank you for the headsup, if you got this after registering online, I shall be prepared for seeing three of this.




Quote:
Originally Posted by analogue View Post
These mailings are not sent out after you register. They are physical invitations that contain your personal invite code if you were targeted for the event.

...


analogue is correct. It is an invitation with unique ID# which will pull up your profile including name, address , phone # & email. Hence, I receive my confirmation via email after signing up the event using the invitation ID#.

Crzy'boutBimmer commented:
May 1, 2013, 1:41 pm

Signed up and ready to drive a 640 gc and its MB competitor! Yeah!

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skierrob commented:
May 1, 2013, 1:43 pm

BTW -- where does it say on BMW's website that you get a $1,000 rebate? When I registered it said nothing about a $1K certificate. Only place I've read about the $1,000 is on Bimmerfest so far?

I just don't want to be disappointed that I waited to buy a car until after the event just to be told that I won't be getting a certificate.

Thanks!
bayoucity commented:
May 1, 2013, 2:07 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by skierrob View Post
BTW -- where does it say on BMW's website that you get a $1,000 rebate? When I registered it said nothing about a $1K certificate. Only place I've read about the $1,000 is on Bimmerfest so far?

I just don't want to be disappointed that I waited to buy a car until after the event just to be told that I won't be getting a certificate.

Thanks!
It says on my paper invitation:"... BMW Ultimate Drive Allowance of $1k toward a new BMW ".
skierrob commented:
May 1, 2013, 2:09 pm

Thanks! I hope the $1K cert isn't just for people who got an invitation code (since I didn't). I wonder how I might be able to confirm?

Quote:
Originally Posted by bayoucity View Post
It says on my paper invitation:"... BMW Ultimate Drive Allowance of $1k toward a new BMW ".
chris328 commented:
May 1, 2013, 2:47 pm

ask your sa
dtc100 commented:
May 1, 2013, 6:12 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by bayoucity View Post






analogue is correct. It is an invitation with unique ID# which will pull up your profile including name, address , phone # & email. Hence, I receive my confirmation via email after signing up the event using the invitation ID#.

Don't need your explanation now, that other members have done the job.

You either don't know how to clarify, or just want to play an arss. People who did not have IDs knew we did not have IDs.

Although I was never concerned, attended such events three times in the past, twice was just there having the cars done at the dealerships, and signed on to the events there because I knew the events would be held there. The bad part was, the timing was never right, never actually got to use the $1k rebate.

Just curious if BMW ever sends out invitations for their free performace courses where you get to drive M cars on race tracks?
bayoucity commented:
May 1, 2013, 7:12 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by dtc100 View Post
Don't need your explanation now, that other members have done the job.

You either don't know how to clarify, or just want to play an arss. People who did not have IDs knew we did not have IDs.

Although I was never concerned, attended such events three times in the past, twice was just there having the cars done at the dealerships, and signed on to the events there because I knew the events would be held there. The bad part was, the timing was never right, never actually got to use the $1k rebate.

Just curious if BMW ever sends out invitations for their free performace courses where you get to drive M cars on race tracks?
^
It's okay if you can't read or misread the reply. You are forgiven
AzWildcatG commented:
May 1, 2013, 10:02 pm

I like to know 100% if this rebate is good for cars that are custom order builds that have not been delivered yet.

My car is being transported to the US west coast now via the WW Fedora. I should take possession around the end of this month. Can I get the rebate form using the Ultimate Driving Event in my area and be able to apply it at the time of signing of the purchase contract?
analogue commented:
May 1, 2013, 10:12 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by AzWildcatG View Post
I like to know 100% if this rebate is good for cars that are custom order builds that have not been delivered yet.

My car is being transported to the US west coast now via the WW Fedora. I should take possession around the end of this month. Can I get the rebate form using the Ultimate Driving Event in my area and be able to apply it at the time of signing of the purchase contract?
Unfortunately, 100% no. You must attend the event before you negotiate any type of deal (whether that is a custom order or a car sitting on the lot).
AzWildcatG commented:
May 1, 2013, 10:19 pm

Thanks. It was worth a try!
dtc100 commented:
May 1, 2013, 10:34 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by bayoucity View Post
^
It's okay if you can't read or misread the reply. You are forgiven
You directed to my post with your half arss post that made no attempt to explain that you went through a different sign up process. Most people here weren't talking about sign up by invitation, you were pretty much the first. It took a few members to clarify, before you again made some half arssed response as if you were trying to educate people.

We knew there were two sign up processes, no need your education. Anyone who visited that page knew there were two ways to sign up. Besides, I was joking anyway, if you saw the, so no need to be snobbish.

This is not the first time I have done the event, I have three BMW caps from three different events in the past. Unfortunately, the quality of the caps have gone down in each subsequent event.

I only put on the very first cap they gave me when the occasion arises.
bayoucity commented:
May 1, 2013, 11:06 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by dtc100 View Post
You directed to my post with your half arss post that made no attempt to explain that you went through a different sign up process. Most people here weren't talking about sign up by invitation, you were pretty much the first. It took a few members to clarify, before you again made some half arssed response as if you were trying to educate people.

We knew there were two sign up processes, no need your education. Anyone who visited that page knew there were two ways to sign up. Besides, I was joking anyway, if you saw the, so no need to be snobbish.

This is not the first time I have done the event, I have three BMW caps from three different events in the past. Unfortunately, the quality of the caps have gone down in each subsequent event.

I only put on the very first cap they gave me when the occasion arises.
^ It really is okay. You have been forgiven

yawn ...
dtc100 commented:
May 2, 2013, 8:32 am

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Originally Posted by bayoucity View Post
^ It really is okay. You have been forgiven

yawn ...
I can understand the excitmemt getting an invitation from BMW for a driving event at the dealer.

I was equally excited when I got the invitation to attend a three hour Porsche "performance course" and get to drive four different Porsche performance models on a race track.

I will then go to the BMW event and drive a Panamera against the M6 GC. My bet it will be a base Panamera BMW will use for the event, which is perfect, because Porsche will not have a base Panamera during their event.

See how the M6 GC fairs against the base and the top Panameras. The M6 GC should eat the base Panamera for breakfast with its Turbo V8, if only I can find a place with speed limit above 25 mph during the event. Although the $1k potential money to use evens things out a little.
tturedraider commented:
May 2, 2013, 10:55 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by dtc100 View Post
I can understand the excitmemt getting an invitation from BMW for a driving event at the dealer.

I was equally excited when I got the invitation to attend a three hour Porsche "performance course" and get to drive four different Porsche performance models on a race track.

I will then go to the BMW event and drive a Panamera against the M6 GC. My bet it will be a base Panamera BMW will use for the event, which is perfect, because Porsche will not have a base Panamera during their event.

See how the M6 GC fairs against the base and the top Panameras. The M6 GC should eat the base Panamera for breakfast with its Turbo V8, if only I can find a place with speed limit above 25 mph during the event. Although the $1k potential money to use evens things out a little.
BMW has a history of providing competitor cars that are equally equipped with the BMW model to which they're compared.
alex2364 commented:
May 2, 2013, 11:02 am

So is BMW going to email a confirmation? I forgot when I signed up and didn't print out the page.
dtc100 commented:
May 2, 2013, 11:16 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
BMW has a history of providing competitor cars that are equally equipped with the BMW model to which they're compared.
I hope you are correct. If BMW is going to provide a Panamera Turbo V8 against the M6 GC Turbo V8, I will be able to actually compare the Panamera Turbo both on the track and in the street. I will also be taking videos during both events if this is true. And if all goes well I will post videos here too.

A lot has been said about how modern performance cars today can not be too much fun because people don't get to take them to the track, therefore cannot realize even "3/10th" of their potential. The videos will hopefully add some value to the debate.

But my bet is BMW will use a base Panamera. From the price point, they can say it is fair.

I do have a question if people here can help me out. When is your local BMW driving event going to take place? Want to know the earliest event and location.
3ismagic# commented:
May 2, 2013, 11:28 am

I am really curious what BMW will use as a comparison vehicle for the X1. MINI Countryman? Range Rover Evoqe?, Acura RDX? Audi Q5? Mazda CX-5?

Until the Audi Q3 hits US shores the X1 doesn't really have a lot of obvious natural competitors. Only the MINI is close in size but is significantly cheaper.
tturedraider commented:
May 2, 2013, 11:33 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by dtc100 View Post
I hope you are correct. If BMW is going to provide a Panamera Turbo V8 against the M6 GC Turbo V8, I will be able to actually compare the Panamera Turbo both on the track and in the street. I will also be taking videos during both events if this is true. And if all goes well I will post videos here too.

A lot has been said about how modern performance cars today can not be too much fun because people don't get to take them to the track, therefore cannot realize even "3/10th" of their potential. The videos will hopefully add some value to the debate.

But my bet is BMW will use a base Panamera. From the price point, they can say it is fair.

I do have a question if people here can help me out. When is your local BMW driving event going to take place? Want to know the earliest event and location.
Have you seen something that leads you to expect an ///M6 GC? It is EXCEEDINGLY unlikely the event you attend will have an ///M6 GC in the lineup. EXCEEDINGLY UNLIKELY. First off, this is a street drive event, not a closed course event. Second, this is not a Motor Sport Division event. Over the years I have received one invitation to an ///M3 driving event. It was held on the runway of a local executive airport.
chris328 commented:
May 2, 2013, 11:36 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by analogue View Post
Unfortunately, 100% no. You must attend the event before you negotiate any type of deal (whether that is a custom order or a car sitting on the lot).
not in my case. but that was in 2011. maybe it's changed.

ask your sa, maybe if you're cool enough, you'll get it like me
dtc100 commented:
May 2, 2013, 11:57 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
Have you seen something that leads you to expect an ///M6 GC? It is EXCEEDINGLY unlikely the event you attend will have an ///M6 GC in the lineup. EXCEEDINGLY UNLIKELY. First off, this is a street drive event, not a closed course event. Second, this is not a Motor Sport Division event. Over the years I have received one invitation to an ///M3 driving event. It was held on the runway of a local executive airport.
A base 6 GC and base P will still be in BMW's favor, for street driving that is.
AnOrO commented:
May 2, 2013, 4:00 pm

In my case it was suggested by the sales person.

Just signed for it and will apply to my purchase coming soon.
Iron Man commented:
May 3, 2013, 11:15 am

I imagine this should be okay to apply to a car I'm about to order? I put the deposit down this week and car should arrive in July. My drive event is scheduled for June 11th.
tturedraider commented:
May 3, 2013, 11:32 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iron Man View Post
I imagine this should be okay to apply to a car I'm about to order? I put the deposit down this week and car should arrive in July. My drive event is scheduled for June 11th.
No. It is not applicable to orders placed prior to attending the event.
AnOrO commented:
May 3, 2013, 12:40 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iron Man View Post
I imagine this should be okay to apply to a car I'm about to order? I put the deposit down this week and car should arrive in July. My drive event is scheduled for June 11th.
Correct as previously indicated you should not order the car before the event. You can wait to assist the event and then order the car, or talk to your sales rep since he might be willing to order the car but for dealer usage instead of you, and this way you save delivery time. This 2nd option was offered to me I just swiped my credit card to guarantee the purchase.
justinnum1 commented:
May 3, 2013, 1:10 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by AnOrO View Post
Correct as previously indicated you should not order the car before the event. You can wait to assist the event and then order the car, or talk to your sales rep since he might be willing to order the car but for dealer usage instead of you, and this way you save delivery time. This 2nd option was offered to me I just swiped my credit card to guarantee the purchase.
thats good
tturedraider commented:
May 3, 2013, 1:18 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by AnOrO View Post
Correct as previously indicated you should not order the car before the event. You can wait to assist the event and then order the car, or talk to your sales rep since he might be willing to order the car but for dealer usage instead of you, and this way you save delivery time. This 2nd option was offered to me I just swiped my credit card to guarantee the purchase.
This may be an option if you have a willing dealer. The incentive is not available for Priority 1 orders, Customer Sold. You may be able to get your dealer to order your car as Priority 3, dealer inventory, with the understanding that when the car arrives you will immediately buy it. In that scenario you could place your order prior to the event.

If you've already ordered the car you would have to cancel the order or get your dealer to reclassify it as Priority 3. If the car is built and delivered in Priority 1 status it will be ineligible for the incentive.

If your dealer is willing to do this the main effect it will have on you is that it might cause some delay in when the car is built, shipped, and delivered, because Priority 1 orders have priority over Priority 3 orders on the production schedule.
tturedraider commented:
May 3, 2013, 1:26 pm

I just now received email confirmations to the two events I registered for last Friday, April 26th. The event at my preferred dealer is on a Thursday, so I also registered at another area dealer where the event is on Saturday.
AnOrO commented:
May 3, 2013, 2:15 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
This may be an option if you have a willing dealer. The incentive is not available for Priority 1 orders, Customer Sold. You may be able to get your dealer to order your car as Priority 3, dealer inventory, with the understanding that when the car arrives you will immediately buy it. In that scenario you could place your order prior to the event.

If you've already ordered the car you would have to cancel the order or get your dealer to reclassify it as Priority 3. If the car is built and delivered in Priority 1 status it will be ineligible for the incentive.

If your dealer is willing to do this the main effect it will have on you is that it might cause some delay in when the car is built, shipped, and delivered, because Priority 1 orders have priority over Priority 3 orders on the production schedule.
Hello tturedraider. I was not aware on the priority assignment, but you are correct it might work if you have a willing dealer which I have. Looking at the order the dealer shared with me he assigned a priority 2 "center own use" (look at the attached image)

So Iron Man you might give it a shot and see if it works for you the way it worked for me, and if not it might work to wait some additional days to shave off 1000
dtc100 commented:
May 3, 2013, 2:44 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
I just now received email confirmations to the two events I registered for last Friday, April 26th. The event at my preferred dealer is on a Thursday, so I also registered at another area dealer where the event is on Saturday.
I also just received confirmation email. The events are still several months away. Did you mean your events had already taken place and you received confirmation after the fact?

I know the answer is likely a no but want to make sure.
Iron Man commented:
May 3, 2013, 2:55 pm

Thanks for the information everyone. Looks like I need to have a discussion on this with my CA.
tturedraider commented:
May 3, 2013, 3:06 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by dtc100 View Post
I also just received confirmation email. The events are still several months away. Did you mean your events had already taken place and you received confirmation after the fact?

I know the answer is likely a no but want to make sure.
My events are in August.
weezl commented:
May 4, 2013, 3:00 pm

I just registered with no ID and got immediate confirmation, with an early date!

"Your registration is now complete and your BMW experience has been scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2013, xxxx PM at South Bay BMW. Please print this page for your records."
Db750 commented:
May 4, 2013, 3:58 pm

Just got my email confirmation!
Rocket_man commented:
May 6, 2013, 5:01 am

I signed up at the web site and got a confirmation for 14 May. I did not get a card in the mail, but have been on their mailing list in the past. The 328 is on my short list as is the Q50 and new IS. I loved my E46 coupe, test drove but passed on the E90, now I look forward to driving the new car. I understand it will not drive like the E46, but I'm older now and may not mind. After 14 May I guess I'll know. The e-mail invite did talk about the $1,000 credit, but also said it was a limited time offer, it didn't say how limited it is. I'm not looking to buy now so it may not help me at all.
Iron Man commented:
May 6, 2013, 8:49 am

Just got my email confirmation!
skierrob commented:
May 6, 2013, 1:42 pm

Hrmmm -- no email confirmation for me yet. I signed up about two weeks ago and have my printout.
TFA372 commented:
May 6, 2013, 6:56 pm

WTF... You have to be over 21 to test drive the vehicles? That means 3 years of me not being able to partake in the BMW Ultimate Driving Event. :thumbs down: I'll just go drive my Uncle's 7-series if I really wanted to.... I wanted some hands-on with the 5-series.... Was planning on getting on over the summer.
3ismagic# commented:
May 6, 2013, 7:41 pm

Oh the horror.


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dtc100 commented:
May 7, 2013, 12:36 am

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Originally Posted by mo.karney View Post
WTF... You have to be over 21 to test drive the vehicles? That means 3 years of me not being able to partake in the BMW Ultimate Driving Event. :thumbs down: I'll just go drive my Uncle's 7-series if I really wanted to.... I wanted some hands-on with the 5-series.... Was planning on getting on over the summer.
At least it is not over 45, their target age.
TFA372 commented:
May 7, 2013, 1:07 am

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Originally Posted by dtc100 View Post
At least it is not over 45, their target age.
I guess that is true... I really wanted to get take a 5-series on a long journey..... Might just have to take a shot in the dark adn get one....
dtc100 commented:
May 7, 2013, 8:45 am

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Originally Posted by mo.karney View Post
I guess that is true... I really wanted to get take a 5-series on a long journey..... Might just have to take a shot in the dark adn get one....
Nineteen year old wanting to drive a new 5 series, I think BMW was right to put the age limit

As bad as when BMW decided to go floaty comfy with their cars, they didn't want our younger generations to get the new habit, until their bodies can really benefit from a softy ride, like after the age of 21.
JoeFromPA commented:
May 7, 2013, 9:04 am

You think that's bad? Try renting a car under 25

Remember, you aren't a true adult yet. You are just legally responsible for your actions and can vote. But you can't legally drink or so certain other things.
JoeFromPA commented:
May 7, 2013, 9:07 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
I just now received email confirmations to the two events I registered for last Friday, April 26th. The event at my preferred dealer is on a Thursday, so I also registered at another area dealer where the event is on Saturday.
This is huge - I'd much rather be able to identify 2-3 dates and be shown as having attended at more than one dealership as well.

To me it's $1k + $500 BMWCCA + whatever other incentives are being offered. With negotiation, this is some really nice benefits...
White05X3 commented:
May 7, 2013, 9:41 am

Signed-up for June 8 at Beverly Hills BMW. The lease on my wife's e90 328i is up in October so this is perfect timing. $1,000 + $500 BMW CCA Rebate = a better deal and a happy returning customer.

I will probably get her a 328d assuming the money works-out right. If not, then a 328i it will be!
Rocket_man commented:
May 16, 2013, 1:22 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rocket_man View Post
I signed up at the web site and got a confirmation for 14 May. I did not get a card in the mail, but have been on their mailing list in the past. The 328 is on my short list as is the Q50 and new IS. I loved my E46 coupe, test drove but passed on the E90, now I look forward to driving the new car. I understand it will not drive like the E46, but I'm older now and may not mind. After 14 May I guess I'll know. The e-mail invite did talk about the $1,000 credit, but also said it was a limited time offer, it didn't say how limited it is. I'm not looking to buy now so it may not help me at all.
Just a follow up after I attended this event....

- Signed up for 1100 on the 14th at Advantage BMW in Clear Lake, just down the street from me. Got there at 1103 and there were about 10 people ahead of me. Somehow I thought this was a little more 'by appointment' event vice a larger group event. I guess I either mis understood or just had my expectations too high.
- Registered (again) even though I had already registered on line. Like a lot of these drive events they have iPads and enter all this info, check your drivers license and put a wrist band on you.
- The event was being run by some temp BMW staff. They were not part of the dealer. They probably travel with the show. They brought a few cars with them. But the 3-series was not one of them... huh?
- I was there to drive the F30, but like I said the event folks didn't even bring one. The dealer had to use one of their cars and they only had ONE to drive. We sat in the dealership eating free munchies waiting for the one guy ahead of us who was driving the 3-series. We sat there for 45 minutes. I was getting pretty annoyed. My wife and I both took a day off from work to go and I was feeling like I wasted a vacation day. Free food aside I didn't expect to come to this event to sit for 45 minutes waiting to drive a car. I was set to walk away at 1 hr. Finally they came to get us since the car was available. Since it was a dealer car I had to go get my insurance before I could drive the car. Close to the 1 hr mark we finally got to drive a 328 with Premium and Nav.
- My expectation before the event was that I had a set time to drive the car for an extended period, but they gave me 15 minutes. No one came with us, but 15 minutes is really not a lot of time with the car. By this time I was so annoyed I was not very up to drive the car. Just my impressions if anyone on here is interested... I liked the N20 engine. It had plenty of power for me in Comfort and Sport (Eco was awful except maybe for highway cruising) and I didn't find it in anyway inferior to my old E46 in-line 6. The seats were terrible, could not get comfortable. I'm not large at all, but I hung over the left side of the seat, almost like the seat was not aligned with the steering wheel. No real side bolsters for a sport sedan. I was all over the seat.
- Brought the car back and asked if they had a 5 series. Finally got into a brand new 535 with 7 miles on it. This was another dealer car. We were the first drivers. The seats were wonderful, put those seats in the 3 series and my impression would be completely different. That car hauled a$$ but at $63K was not in my price range.
- Unfortunately the F30 did not stand up well to the memories of my E46 coupe. The E46 was a car that you wore, I always felt so connected to that car. I loved driving it. The F30 didn't affect me at all. I felt like I sat on this car, I didn't feel like I wore it. Sure the engine pulled but it just didn't seem to have that same excitement of the E46. These RF were a big improvement over the E90 I test drove several years ago. The car was fairly quiet.

- Lessons Learned for those going to this event...
- Arrive early. You will not be alone in your assigned time slot. Since they won't have many cars to drive, be there first to get in a car first.
- You can just walk in off the street and still register. They had three wrist bands... one for passengers, one for pre-registered drivers, and one for walk-ons. It seemed to be first-come first-served.
- Plenty of food to eat, that was nice. As I sat there eating it reminded me of the hours I spent there waiting on my E46 in the service bay...
- Don't count on there being many cars to drive. They had a 6 series, an X3, X5, one or two competitor cars but a fairly small selection of cars overall. We were there about 1.5 hrs and only drove 2 cars.
- You have to drive a car and fill out a post drive survey to get your $1,000 cert. You don't walk away with the cert, it is either mailed to you, or sent on-line. I don't actually have it. They told me it was good until Oct. Can't recall if he meant 1 Oct or THRU Oct. I'm assuming thru Oct. For me I won't be buying the F30, just couldn't get comfortable in it. There was nothing compelling about this car when I compare it to the E46. The 5-series I would get if I was in that market.
- Got a nice tote bag (for the wife) with a travel mug.
- I don't get the feeling they were very well organized. This may have been one of the first events this crew did. They seemed to be learning along the way.
- If it weren't for the $1K certificate a regular trip to the dealer for a test drive would have been better.
- This was definitely a marketing thing but never any sales pressure which was nice.

If you are going, adjust your expectations and just have some fun.
tturedraider commented:
May 16, 2013, 2:40 am

You should post your experience on BMW's Facebook page. Being that you were pre-registered you should not have had to wait behind someone who was not.

What year model was your E46 coupe? Did it have the sport package? Based on your comment about the lack of bolsters in the F30 I'm guessing your E46 did have the sport package. The non-sport E46 seats have no more bolstering than the non-sport F30 seats and I would say the regular F30 seats are considerably more comfortable than the regular E46 seats. You really can't compare a non-sport suspension F30 to a sport suspension equipped E46. I would suggest you not give up on the F30 based solely on this experience. You need to do some research.
Rocket_man commented:
May 16, 2013, 4:10 am

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Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
You should post your experience on BMW's Facebook page. Being that you were pre-registered you should not have had to wait behind someone who was not.

What year model was your E46 coupe? Did it have the sport package? Based on your comment about the lack of bolsters in the F30 I'm guessing your E46 did have the sport package. The non-sport E46 seats have no more bolstering than the non-sport F30 seats and I would say the regular F30 seats are considerably more comfortable than the regular E46 seats. You really can't compare a non-sport suspension F30 to a sport suspension equipped E46. I would suggest you not give up on the F30 based solely on this experience. You need to do some research.
I don't know if the person ahead of me was pre-registered or not. He might have been. If I had got there 10 minutes early I would have been before him. My bad. But to have only one 3-series, their biggest seller, was poor planning I thought.

My E46 was a MY 2000 and it did not have the sport package. I passed on the sport package since I was concerned about too harsh of a ride and this was my only car, a daily driver. But the non-sport model may have had the sport seats. Can't recall. But it wasn't just the seat bottom, I just couldn't get comfortable at all. My options would have put the car around $43K, for that kind of price the seats should be better IMO. The Sport Line doesn't really appeal to me. I'm looking for a daily driver and over the years my tastes have changed. It is either a no-line or the Lux-Line for me.
jj10310 commented:
May 16, 2013, 4:26 am

Nice

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jj10310 commented:
May 16, 2013, 4:29 am

Hello there first time here. I have an 95 e36 m3. Want to learn more about these cars. Bimmerfest this sat for sure
arktctr commented:
May 16, 2013, 8:01 am

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Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
This may be an option if you have a willing dealer. The incentive is not available for Priority 1 orders, Customer Sold. You may be able to get your dealer to order your car as Priority 3, dealer inventory, with the understanding that when the car arrives you will immediately buy it. In that scenario you could place your order prior to the event.

If you've already ordered the car you would have to cancel the order or get your dealer to reclassify it as Priority 3. If the car is built and delivered in Priority 1 status it will be ineligible for the incentive.

If your dealer is willing to do this the main effect it will have on you is that it might cause some delay in when the car is built, shipped, and delivered, because Priority 1 orders have priority over Priority 3 orders on the production schedule.
My understanding is that you CAN order Priority 1 but not until the event is completed. I thought I recall even reading fine print somewhere that the incentive is not available for orders PRIOR to the event which infers orders after would be ok. My CAis a pretty knowledgable guy that everyone here has heard of so I'm sure I'm being informed correctly
arktctr commented:
May 16, 2013, 8:02 am

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tturedraider commented:
May 16, 2013, 10:28 am

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Originally Posted by arktctr View Post
My understanding is that you CAN order Priority 1 but not until the event is completed. I thought I recall even reading fine print somewhere that the incentive is not available for orders PRIOR to the event which infers orders after would be ok. My CAis a pretty knowledgable guy that everyone here has heard of so I'm sure I'm being informed correctly
That is correct. The post you quoted was in response to someone asking about orders placed prior to the event.
arktctr commented:
May 16, 2013, 11:08 am

Just making sure...thanks!
Rocket_man commented:
May 20, 2013, 11:12 pm

I got my $1,000 incentive va e-mail. They give you a special code to use for purchase or lease. The offer expires 31 Oct 2013.

Good luck!
cantinoz commented:
May 21, 2013, 12:55 pm

Could I have it if youre not going to use it?
Thyrilumi commented:
May 21, 2013, 8:18 pm

Thanks for sharing! Just signed up!
Rocket_man commented:
May 21, 2013, 8:24 pm

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Originally Posted by cantinoz View Post
Could I have it if youre not going to use it?
I doubt it is transferable since it has my name associated with it. But they are easy to get if you can sign up for the event.
Mo@BMWRockville commented:
May 21, 2013, 8:27 pm

For those of you in the DC Metro area, BMW of Rockville's will be holding the event on June 27th! Don't be scared! Make a reservation and join us! We'd love to have you!
Thyrilumi commented:
May 21, 2013, 8:33 pm

Just signed up! ...Question...I can negotiate the price of the car and then present this incentive right? Or will they give me a hard time about it?
Mo@BMWRockville commented:
May 21, 2013, 8:36 pm

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Originally Posted by Thyrilumi View Post
Just signed up! ...Question...I can negotiate the price of the car and then present this incentive right? Or will they give me a hard time about it?
Yup. This is just icing on top of the cake. You can also apply all other incentives available, I believe.
Thyrilumi commented:
May 21, 2013, 8:54 pm

Awesome, Thanks Mo!
Mo@BMWRockville commented:
May 21, 2013, 9:34 pm

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Originally Posted by Thyrilumi View Post
Awesome, Thanks Mo!
My pleasure man!
ryannel2003 commented:
May 21, 2013, 10:45 pm

I signed up for the event at Leith BMW in Raleigh. I'll be in the market at the end of the year or next year and want some more seat time in the F30. I'm excited.
ChrisDC commented:
May 22, 2013, 12:13 am

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Originally Posted by Mo@BMWRockville View Post
For those of you in the DC Metro area, BMW of Rockville's will be holding the event on June 27th! Don't be scared! Make a reservation and join us! We'd love to have you!
I signed up a while ago for the Rockville event, but never got an email confirmation - is that normal?
Mo@BMWRockville commented:
May 22, 2013, 12:19 am

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Originally Posted by ChrisDC View Post
I signed up a while ago for the Rockville event, but never got an email confirmation - is that normal?
Hmm, that's odd. Try signing up again. The confirmation doesn't come from us, it comes from BMW telling you that you're registered since you're doing it through the BMWUSA website.
ChrisDC commented:
May 22, 2013, 12:37 am

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Originally Posted by Mo@BMWRockville View Post
Hmm, that's odd. Try signing up again. The confirmation doesn't come from us, it comes from BMW telling you that you're registered since you're doing it through the BMWUSA website.
Figure it out. I tried registering again and said I already had. I ended up finding the confirmation in my SPAM box (Gmail).

I'm all set. Looking forward to it. Thanks
Mo@BMWRockville commented:
May 22, 2013, 12:42 am

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Originally Posted by ChrisDC View Post
Figure it out. I tried registering again and said I already had. I ended up finding the confirmation in my SPAM box (Gmail).

I'm all set. Looking forward to it. Thanks
Look forward to seeing you!
chiefneil commented:
May 22, 2013, 4:11 pm

I did the event this morning and to be honest it was pretty lame. Based on what somebody else reported, I arrived 10 minutes early so I wouldn't have to wait. I was told they don't have any 3-series in the travelling show stock, so I had to wait and take a test drive with one of the dealer's cars and a sales guy. The guy who registered me said there was only one person ahead of me so it shouldn't be too long.

Good thing I brought along my kindle, as 45 minutes later I was still waiting. Not a single member of the dealer's staff came by to say hi even though I spent some time poking around the various cars on the floor (and I've bought 2 cars from this dealer). Anyway, after 45 mins I asked one of the roadshow people if I needed to do the test drive in order to get the 1k credit. She said no and that I could take off if I wanted to. So I did.

They did have X1, X3, 6-series, and 7-series, so if you're interested in driving one of those you'll probably have better luck. They also had a panamera and e-class available for test drives for comparison. If you just want the 1k credit, then just drop by to get registered and take off without the drive (after verifying that you can, of course). I would recommend doing that, then going back to the dealer later for a more personal (and faster) experience.
bayoucity commented:
May 23, 2013, 4:48 pm

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Originally Posted by Rocket_man View Post
Just a follow up after I attended this event....
...
If you are going, adjust your expectations and just have some fun.
You shall have been here at BMW West today. There isn't a line & those vehicles beg to be driven. I check in @ 2pm with no wait, drive a few cars & left with tote bag + goodies by 2:30pm.





I love that M-sport 6 GC /w cinnamon brown leather.



Bill Valley commented:
May 23, 2013, 9:08 pm

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Originally Posted by chiefneil View Post
I did the event this morning and to be honest it was pretty lame. Based on what somebody else reported, I arrived 10 minutes early so I wouldn't have to wait. I was told they don't have any 3-series in the travelling show stock, so I had to wait and take a test drive with one of the dealer's cars and a sales guy. The guy who registered me said there was only one person ahead of me so it shouldn't be too long.

Good thing I brought along my kindle, as 45 minutes later I was still waiting. Not a single member of the dealer's staff came by to say hi even though I spent some time poking around the various cars on the floor (and I've bought 2 cars from this dealer). Anyway, after 45 mins I asked one of the roadshow people if I needed to do the test drive in order to get the 1k credit. She said no and that I could take off if I wanted to. So I did.

They did have X1, X3, 6-series, and 7-series, so if you're interested in driving one of those you'll probably have better luck. They also had a panamera and e-class available for test drives for comparison. If you just want the 1k credit, then just drop by to get registered and take off without the drive (after verifying that you can, of course). I would recommend doing that, then going back to the dealer later for a more personal (and faster) experience.
My experience could not have been more opposite. I walked in 10 mins late, my sales rep asked "what do you want to drive" and before I could respond he said "let's go drive the Mercedes" ($100K S Class ridiculousness). I am in the market for a 328i, and my sales rep knows it. I also drove a 5 series, 3 series, and 640i Gran Coupe which was AWESOME.
AnOrO commented:
May 25, 2013, 10:10 pm

Well today it was my turn. I arrived 10 minutes early, they asked me if I wanted to do the test drive or just get the incentive. Of course I told the lady I wanted to test drive so I registered literally in 3 minutes. I asked about a 3 series and they told me they did not have one available. I asked what was available and I jumped into a 640i Coupe almost immediately. I was surprised they give you the car a printed paper on what streets you are allowed to drive in, but no one sits with you. I returned waited like 5 minutes and jumped into a Mercerdes CLS550.

They offer me to continue test driving but it have to wait from 5 to 20 minutes upon the car, so I decided to take the survey and ask for my certificate. They told me the would send it via email in max 72 hrs.

I went to see my sales rep to see the status of my car, and he told me he just needed the code with the rebate to be able to put the car under my name, but he already gave me my chassis and confirmed my order number and I was able to track my new car online.



This is the current status of my car:









Find attached some pictures of the event:

Arriving at the Event Registration table:


Food:


1st car I tested. 640i Coupe w/M Sport 3.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine with 315 horsepower:



2nd car I tested. Mercedes CLS550 4.6L biturbo V-8 with 402 Horsepower


Other cars at the event:

justinnum1 commented:
May 25, 2013, 10:12 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by AnOrO View Post
Well today it was my turn. I arrived 10 minutes early, they asked me if I wanted to do the test drive or just get the incentive. Of course I told the lady I wanted to test drive so I registered literally in 3 minutes. I asked about a 3 series and they told me they did not have one available. I asked what was available and I jumped into a 640i Coupe almost immediately. I was surprised they give you the car a printed paper on what streets you are allowed to drive in, but no one sits with you. I returned waited like 5 minutes and jumped into a Mercerdes CLS550.

They offer me to continue test driving but it have to wait from 5 to 20 minutes upon the car, so I decided to take the survey and ask for my certificate. They told me the would send it via email in max 72 hrs.

I went to see my sales rep to see the status of my car, and he told me he just needed the code with the rebate to be able to put the car under my name, but he already gave me my chassis and confirmed my order number and I was able to track my new car online.



This is the current status of my car:









Find attached some pictures of the event:

Arriving at the Event Registration table:


Food:


1st car I tested. 640i Coupe w/M Sport 3.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine with 315 horsepower:



2nd car I tested. Mercedes CLS550 4.6L biturbo V-8 with 402 Horsepower


Other cars at the event:

Is that lauderdale in ft lauderdale? my mom and sister were there this afternoon lol
AnOrO commented:
May 25, 2013, 10:20 pm

Oh and I forgot to mention I got my BMW bag, coffee cup and gift card
nlkccom commented:
May 31, 2013, 11:36 am

Is the $1000 incentive good for any BMW dealerships? Or only to the one where you attended for the event?
AnOrO commented:
May 31, 2013, 4:21 pm

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Originally Posted by nlkccom View Post
Is the $1000 incentive good for any BMW dealerships? Or only to the one where you attended for the event?
I got this disclaimer under my invite via email. It looks like you can, but better check with your dealer. I know the rebate is granted by BMW North America not the actual dealers:

You must be 21 or older to test drive certain BMW models and competitive cars.
* BMW Ultimate Driving Allowance is available on all new 2013 and 2014 BMW models and can only be redeemed by individuals who participate in a scheduled BMW Ultimate Drive Experience event and is non-transferable. The offer is valid from April 17, 2013 through October 31, 2013 on the lease or purchase of all eligible models. Offer may be redeemed at an authorized BMW center for Stateside (U.S.) delivery only and cannot be used for European delivery. Offer not valid for vehicles delivered prior to event attendance or customer orders placed prior to event attendance. This offer may only be combined with certain eligible offers available at the time of delivery. Offer cannot be used for tax, title, registration, destination or other dealership fees. Offer is only valid for the recipient of this invitation. Some restrictions apply; see an authorized BMW center for details.
nlkccom commented:
May 31, 2013, 4:28 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by AnOrO View Post
I got this disclaimer under my invite via email. It looks like you can, but better check with your dealer. I know the rebate is granted by BMW North America not the actual dealers:

You must be 21 or older to test drive certain BMW models and competitive cars.
* BMW Ultimate Driving Allowance is available on all new 2013 and 2014 BMW models and can only be redeemed by individuals who participate in a scheduled BMW Ultimate Drive Experience event and is non-transferable. The offer is valid from April 17, 2013 through October 31, 2013 on the lease or purchase of all eligible models. Offer may be redeemed at an authorized BMW center for Stateside (U.S.) delivery only and cannot be used for European delivery. Offer not valid for vehicles delivered prior to event attendance or customer orders placed prior to event attendance. This offer may only be combined with certain eligible offers available at the time of delivery. Offer cannot be used for tax, title, registration, destination or other dealership fees. Offer is only valid for the recipient of this invitation. Some restrictions apply; see an authorized BMW center for details.
Thanks for the info. Is this disclaimer from the event invite or the incentive? I registered but never received any confirmation for the event. Checked spam folder as well. Nothing.
AnOrO commented:
May 31, 2013, 4:39 pm

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Originally Posted by nlkccom View Post
Thanks for the info. Is this disclaimer from the event invite or the incentive? I registered but never received any confirmation for the event. Checked spam folder as well. Nothing.
I did not get a confirmation either, but called to their 800 a couple of days before the event and surprisingly I got an event reminder after the call where I pulled this info from.

Now I'm waiting for the actual incentive code for a week now, so I called them earlier today. They told me they were going to validate and get back to me. I recommend you to give them a call to 1-800-956-4BMW (4269). An actual person picks up no robo phone with options
nlkccom commented:
May 31, 2013, 4:55 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rocket_man View Post
I got my $1,000 incentive va e-mail. They give you a special code to use for purchase or lease. The offer expires 31 Oct 2013.

Good luck!
How long did it take for you to receive the $1000 cert?
nlkccom commented:
May 31, 2013, 5:10 pm

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Originally Posted by AnOrO View Post
I did not get a confirmation either, but called to their 800 a couple of days before the event and surprisingly I got an event reminder after the call where I pulled this info from.

Now I'm waiting for the actual incentive code for a week now, so I called them earlier today. They told me they were going to validate and get back to me. I recommend you to give them a call to 1-800-956-4BMW (4269). An actual person picks up no robo phone with options
Thanks for providing their phone number. Just called them and they do have my info.

Just wondering, how does the incentive work on a lease? Does it just get applied to the selling price? I want to know if I should expect $1000 off on the total of my 36 months lease payment.
pony_trekker commented:
May 31, 2013, 7:32 pm

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Originally Posted by nlkccom View Post
Thanks for providing their phone number. Just called them and they do have my info.

Just wondering, how does the incentive work on a lease? Does it just get applied to the selling price? I want to know if I should expect $1000 off on the total of my 36 months lease payment.
Usually put as a cap cost reduction.
skierrob commented:
June 1, 2013, 1:06 pm

Attended this morning and showed up 45 min early. Got to drive cars with no wait

Afterwards found my sa and said I was now ready to order my car. His answer? I'm too busy to sell you a car today!

WHAT?!?!?!?!?!

Hrmmmm guess I might be finding a new SA!
chiefneil commented:
June 1, 2013, 1:26 pm

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Originally Posted by skierrob View Post
Attended this morning and showed up 45 min early. Got to drive cars with no wait

Afterwards found my sa and said I was now ready to order my car. His answer? I'm too busy to sell you a car today!

WHAT?!?!?!?!?!

Hrmmmm guess I might be finding a new SA!
Too busy to take an order? Wow that's crazy.

If he's too busy for you before he has your money, how helpful is he going to be after the order is placed?
skierrob commented:
June 1, 2013, 1:39 pm

Yup -- I've been waiting to buy this car for the past month counting the days till the event.

Then I come in ready to put a deposit down and he is too busy.

Well Jon at Santa Barbara just earned my business I think -- I was going to buy closer to home but if that is the attitude I don't see myself getting any help after the purchase.
thegandalf commented:
June 1, 2013, 2:31 pm

That is just amazing. I guess he thought you were not serious or had another sale with a higher margin. Still a good salesman would never let business go away like that.
AnOrO commented:
June 1, 2013, 2:34 pm

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Originally Posted by skierrob View Post
Yup -- I've been waiting to buy this car for the past month counting the days till the event.

Then I come in ready to put a deposit down and he is too busy.

Well Jon at Santa Barbara just earned my business I think -- I was going to buy closer to home but if that is the attitude I don't see myself getting any help after the purchase.
Wait until you have the actual code to place the order.
bmw_or_audi commented:
June 1, 2013, 4:30 pm

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Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
BMW has a history of providing competitor cars that are equally equipped with the BMW model to which they're compared.
Then the usual FWD A4 they provide must be an exception.
bmw_or_audi commented:
June 1, 2013, 4:32 pm

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Originally Posted by tturedraider View Post
Have you seen something that leads you to expect an ///M6 GC? It is EXCEEDINGLY unlikely the event you attend will have an ///M6 GC in the lineup. EXCEEDINGLY UNLIKELY.
Aren't the typical cars provided the 1, 3, and 5, and maybe their X variants?
bmw_or_audi commented:
June 1, 2013, 4:39 pm

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Originally Posted by Rocket_man View Post
- My expectation before the event was that I had a set time to drive the car for an extended period, but they gave me 15 minutes. No one came with us, but 15 minutes is really not a lot of time with the car.
I think renting the car for a day and using it on your very familiar commute is probably the best way of gauging whether the car is right for you. That is what I intend to do.

Quote:
The seats were terrible, could not get comfortable. I'm not large at all, but I hung over the left side of the seat, almost like the seat was not aligned with the steering wheel. No real side bolsters for a sport sedan. I was all over the seat.
I didn't like the regular seat at all. The Sport seat was far better. IMHO, this car is not its price without the Sport pack anyway.
thegandalf commented:
June 3, 2013, 11:51 am

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Originally Posted by AnOrO View Post
I did not get a confirmation either, but called to their 800 a couple of days before the event and surprisingly I got an event reminder after the call where I pulled this info from.

Now I'm waiting for the actual incentive code for a week now, so I called them earlier today. They told me they were going to validate and get back to me. I recommend you to give them a call to 1-800-956-4BMW (4269). An actual person picks up no robo phone with options
Thanks for the phone number!

I went to my drive event last Thursday (I went to my local dealer since it was closer, even though it's most likely that I will order my car through Adrian Avila).

Sign in was quick (I chose the goodie bag with the T-shirt, I wonder if I should have picked anything else). Since I was mainly interested in driving an F30 (as I still need to make a couple of decisions about the final buid), so I was told that the "event" had no F30s to drive so they assigned me to a CA to talk F30 and drive one of their cars. This process took so long, that in the end I didn't have enough time to actually drive the 640i GC they had at the even (which is probably good).

It's true that not all CAs are created equal... One thing was clear to me, I know which CA to steer away from if I ever decide to work with the local dealership! The guy was nice enough, but not very helpful. At some point he asked me if I wanted to order the car with Nappa leather or Dakota leather, when I told him that as far as I knew (unfortunately) Nappa was not an option for US bound F30, he was like: "Really, that's weird".

When I told him I wanted to see a Jet back and Saphire black to determine which one I found better, he first took of to bwmusa.com/byo to show me on the computer... I told him I had done that already and that I wanted to see the actual car. I also wanted to test drive a sports line. So he opened his excel spreadsheet with the inventory info and tried to locate the car(s). This was a painful experience to watch, I think all he knew to do in excel was to apply a filter for the model, he then scrolled with his mouse over each line to determine what he had or didn't have (I so wanted to take over his keyboard).

In the end, he couldn't find a sports line, so we took a lux line around after about 40 minutes (I must say I don't like wood in cars, but the dark anthracite on this one looked pretty good).
By the time we made it back to the dealership I said my farewell and ran as fast as I could... Maybe another CA would have made the experience more interesting?

In any case, I then realized that I never asked if I needed to check out or something to ensure I got my rebate code, so I was stressing quite a bit. I called the number you provided, and it seems they do have me on the system. They said I should get the code today or tomorrow, but to give them another call by wednesday if I still didn't have the email.
nlkccom commented:
June 3, 2013, 12:55 pm

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Originally Posted by thegandalf View Post
Thanks for the phone number!

I went to my drive event last Thursday (I went to my local dealer since it was closer, even though it's most likely that I will order my car through Adrian Avila).

Sign in was quick (I chose the goodie bag with the T-shirt, I wonder if I should have picked anything else). Since I was mainly interested in driving an F30 (as I still need to make a couple of decisions about the final buid), so I was told that the "event" had no F30s to drive so they assigned me to a CA to talk F30 and drive one of their cars. This process took so long, that in the end I didn't have enough time to actually drive the 640i GC they had at the even (which is probably good).

It's true that not all CAs are created equal... One thing was clear to me, I know which CA to steer away from if I ever decide to work with the local dealership! The guy was nice enough, but not very helpful. At some point he asked me if I wanted to order the car with Nappa leather or Dakota leather, when I told him that as far as I knew (unfortunately) Nappa was not an option for US bound F30, he was like: "Really, that's weird".

When I told him I wanted to see a Jet back and Saphire black to determine which one I found better, he first took of to bwmusa.com/byo to show me on the computer... I told him I had done that already and that I wanted to see the actual car. I also wanted to test drive a sports line. So he opened his excel spreadsheet with the inventory info and tried to locate the car(s). This was a painful experience to watch, I think all he knew to do in excel was to apply a filter for the model, he then scrolled with his mouse over each line to determine what he had or didn't have (I so wanted to take over his keyboard).

In the end, he couldn't find a sports line, so we took a lux line around after about 40 minutes (I must say I don't like wood in cars, but the dark anthracite on this one looked pretty good).
By the time we made it back to the dealership I said my farewell and ran as fast as I could... Maybe another CA would have made the experience more interesting?

In any case, I then realized that I never asked if I needed to check out or something to ensure I got my rebate code, so I was stressing quite a bit. I called the number you provided, and it seems they do have me on the system. They said I should get the code today or tomorrow, but to give them another call by wednesday if I still didn't have the email.
I was told by the rep at the event that you must fill out the survey at the end of the event in order to receive your rebate code. Hope you still get yours. I'm still waiting for mine to arrive.
thegandalf commented:
June 3, 2013, 2:02 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by nlkccom View Post
I was told by the rep at the event that you must fill out the survey at the end of the event in order to receive your rebate code. Hope you still get yours. I'm still waiting for mine to arrive.
When was your event?
I did sign in at the begining on some IPADS they had. the first one asked me to confirm my name, address, how I had heard about the event, what can of car. The second one was some sort of disclaimer.

I will call back on Wednesday afternoon, if I still haven't received the code. I will post an update...
nlkccom commented:
June 3, 2013, 2:12 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by thegandalf View Post
When was your event?
I did sign in at the begining on some IPADS they had. the first one asked me to confirm my name, address, how I had heard about the event, what can of car. The second one was some sort of disclaimer.

I will call back on Wednesday afternoon, if I still haven't received the code. I will post an update...
My event was 2 days ago (Saturday). It was a 2-step process. First I had to sign in on their iPad before I can test drive any cars, and it was pretty much what you just described. Basically confirming information you've provided when you registered.

After I was done with my test drives, I was then asked to take a survey of the event, again, on one of their iPads. This is where they asked questions about what did you think about the event, availability of the vehicles, and things like that. I was told this is the one you needed to complete in order to get the rebate code.
thegandalf commented:
June 3, 2013, 2:36 pm

Well, if that is the case I guess I might not get my code after all... I'll see if there's a way to fix that over the phone... Otherwise I need to look for the next event as close to home as possible
nlkccom commented:
June 3, 2013, 3:27 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by thegandalf View Post
Well, if that is the case I guess I might not get my code after all... I'll see if there's a way to fix that over the phone... Otherwise I need to look for the next event as close to home as possible
Might want to do that just as a back up. I did the same because I never got any email confirmation from my original reservation. Eventually I got the reservation confirmation AFTER I went to the event.
chiefneil commented:
June 3, 2013, 4:59 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by nlkccom View Post
I was told by the rep at the event that you must fill out the survey at the end of the event in order to receive your rebate code. Hope you still get yours. I'm still waiting for mine to arrive.
Nah, I didn't even do the test drive if you read my earlier post. I signed in, sat around for a while, then left (without any exit survey) and still got my rebate code.
skierrob commented:
June 3, 2013, 5:02 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by chiefneil View Post
Nah, I didn't even do the test drive if you read my earlier post. I signed in, sat around for a while, then left (without any exit survey) and still got my rebate code.
How long did it take to get the code in email? I did the event on Saturday and I've been checking my inbox like crazy since then lol!

Robert
nlkccom commented:
June 3, 2013, 5:05 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by skierrob View Post
How long did it take to get the code in email? I did the event on Saturday and I've been checking my inbox like crazy since then lol!

Robert
You are not alone.
nlkccom commented:
June 3, 2013, 5:06 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by chiefneil View Post
Nah, I didn't even do the test drive if you read my earlier post. I signed in, sat around for a while, then left (without any exit survey) and still got my rebate code.
That's good news. Then thegandalf should be ok then.
thegandalf commented:
June 3, 2013, 6:40 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by nlkccom View Post
That's good news. Then thegandalf should be ok then.
Cross my fingers.

In the mean time, let me go refresh my inbox. It's not like I haven't looked every minute for the last few hours.

Good luck to anyone else out there waiting for this email
skierrob commented:
June 3, 2013, 6:45 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by thegandalf View Post
Cross my fingers.

In the mean time, let me go refresh my inbox. It's not like I haven't looked every minute for the last few hours.

Good luck to anyone else out there waiting for this email
Yeah, I think I've checked my inbox only about 20 times in the last three hours...

Hopefully we will all get some good email from BMW soon.
nlkccom commented:
June 3, 2013, 8:16 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by skierrob View Post
Yeah, I think I've checked my inbox only about 20 times in the last three hours...

Hopefully we will all get some good email from BMW soon.
Don't forget to check your spam box as well. My registration confirmation email ended up in my spam box after the event.
bayoucity commented:
June 3, 2013, 11:27 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by skierrob View Post
How long did it take to get the code in email? I did the event on Saturday and I've been checking my inbox like crazy since then lol!

Robert
It takes 48 hours to hit the inbox.
chiefneil commented:
June 3, 2013, 11:51 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by skierrob View Post
How long did it take to get the code in email? I did the event on Saturday and I've been checking my inbox like crazy since then lol!

Robert
I got the code 2 business days later, so I'd guess you'd receive yours on Tuesday or Wednesday.
thegandalf commented:
June 4, 2013, 7:39 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by skierrob View Post
Yeah, I think I've checked my inbox only about 20 times in the last three hours...

Hopefully we will all get some good email from BMW soon.
Got my email this morning. I am a happy camper now.
skierrob commented:
June 4, 2013, 8:56 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by thegandalf View Post
Got my email this morning. I am a happy camper now.
Nice - still waiting on mine. When did you attend again?
nlkccom commented:
June 4, 2013, 9:12 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by thegandalf View Post
Got my email this morning. I am a happy camper now.
Awesome! I'm still waiting for mine.


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
thegandalf commented:
June 4, 2013, 9:17 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by skierrob View Post
Nice - still waiting on mine. When did you attend again?
Mine was on Thrusday 30th.
It seems that once again the webservices of BMW are not 100% reliable, some people never got a confirmation for the event booking, I got mine 2 or 3 days before the event, some got it after the event.
Now it seems that some people are getting the code almost immediately while some others are having longer waiting times.

I recomment you call the number provided in this thread if you don't get it after a week.
Mo@BMWRockville commented:
June 4, 2013, 10:36 am

15 more days and the event will be held at BMW of Rockville!
nlkccom commented:
June 4, 2013, 2:38 pm

For those of you who haven't received your rebate code 72 hrs after the event, I suggest you to give BMW a call at the phone number posted earlier in this thread.

I attended the event on Saturday, and still have not receive the rebate code in the email. I gave them a call, and was told my reservation was cancelled for some strange reasons, even though I checked in and completed the post-event survey.

Now they are looking into it and will contact me back.
thegandalf commented:
June 4, 2013, 2:50 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by nlkccom View Post
For those of you who haven't received your rebate code 72 hrs after the event, I suggest you to give BMW a call at the phone number posted earlier in this thread.

I attended the event on Saturday, and still have not receive the rebate code in the email. I gave them a call, and was told my reservation was cancelled for some strange reasons, even though I checked in and completed the post-event survey.

Now they are looking into it and will contact me back.
Wow, I hope they can sort it out quickly. Good Luck
e90im commented:
June 4, 2013, 9:04 pm

I've done it a couple of times. No M cars though.
nlkccom commented:
June 5, 2013, 7:37 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by thegandalf View Post
Wow, I hope they can sort it out quickly. Good Luck
Finally got my code today after a few phone calls.


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
skierrob commented:
June 5, 2013, 7:39 pm

Got my quote today around 2 pm in an email also. Guess it's time to order my car:

2014 Melbourne Red 328i sedan
Black leatherette
Technology package
Heated front seats
Harmon Kardon
(debating driver assistance package)
AnOrO commented:
June 8, 2013, 4:47 pm

I got the same problem, but after a few calls I finally got my incentive today!
Robert A commented:
June 8, 2013, 6:56 pm

Went to the event at Center BMW in the San Fernando Valley. First off, go early -- they've good decent food -- and there can be a wait for the in-demand cars.

Drove a 535i M-sport. Until today, I wasn't liking the new 5s too much, but this car was darn nice. Had the M-sport suspension, ventilated seats, really nice setup. Real quality piece but quite large.

Also drove a Luxury non-sport 328i. I was taken aback by the apparent cheapness and quality of the car compared to the E90. Difficult to see how this car can hit the upper 40s in cost. Motor, though was quite okay.

My thoughts:

The price delta between a 3 series and an equivalently equipped 5 series is roughly $10k. With the current generation of cars, the $10k is justified. The quality in the 5 is that much better. This wasn't necessarily the case 7 years ago when I bought my car. The E60 wasn't necessarily $10k better than the equivalent E90.
pony_trekker commented:
June 15, 2013, 10:00 am

I was in FL on business so shot over to BMW Ocala for test drive. I was trying to get the code and new car before July 1 to take max advantage of the pull ahead and other incentives.

I test drove a 640 Gran Coupe which was, um, very nice and an X1 which was extremely tossable. It was all a street run so you had to be careful. I was able to get the 640 to drift a wee bit on a tight turn but same turn, same speed in the x1 didn't do it.

People there were great. There's a whole team that does the ultimate drive that goes from dealer to dealer driving all the cars all the way. Nice gig.
SWMOChris commented:
June 15, 2013, 10:46 pm

Went to the event today and it was pretty well put together. Drove a Sports Line 328i, and the wife drove an X3. Staff was friendly, not pushy in the least bit and seemed to genuinely care how well the event was going.

I arrived to the event and was signed up and in the drivers seat of the 3-series in ~5 minutes. Got a nifty travel mug to boot!
mntbiker commented:
June 19, 2013, 9:57 am

I went last Friday... it was pretty amazing! I got there a few minutes early and got to take out the CLS 550 first. Then I got to drive the loaded 640i M sport. This was my favorite car of the day for sure. I finished up with a GLK350 and the X3 28i. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful.

It's absolutely worth it if you can go!
Pasa-d commented:
June 22, 2013, 2:34 pm

Went last week. What a freakin' waste of time. The only cars they had to drive were cars you could walk in and drive any day of the week; what's the point of that? Plus, not really any competitors cars except luxo barges. Fail.

Told them to send my certificate and went and had a nice lunch instead.
Robert A commented:
June 22, 2013, 5:29 pm

Did you expect to find a preproduction prototype and some German execs standing by with Bratwurst and beer?

The point of the exercise is to drive a BMW (or another make) without a salesman breathing down you neck. I was at the Van Nuys drive event and they had a fully tricked out 535i M Sport, a Gran Coupe and a few other interesting cars.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pasa-d View Post
Went last week. What a freakin' waste of time. The only cars they had to drive were cars you could walk in and drive any day of the week; what's the point of that? Plus, not really any competitors cars except luxo barges. Fail.

Told them to send my certificate and went and had a nice lunch instead.
pony_trekker commented:
June 22, 2013, 6:25 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Robert A View Post
Did you expect to find a preproduction prototype and some German execs standing by with Bratwurst and beer?

The point of the exercise is to drive a BMW (or another make) without a salesman breathing down you neck. I was at the Van Nuys drive event and they had a fully tricked out 535i M Sport, a Gran Coupe and a few other interesting cars.
At least some chicken nuggets
Pasa-d commented:
June 22, 2013, 6:53 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Robert A View Post
Did you expect to find a preproduction prototype and some German execs standing by with Bratwurst and beer?

The point of the exercise is to drive a BMW (or another make) without a salesman breathing down you neck. I was at the Van Nuys drive event and they had a fully tricked out 535i M Sport, a Gran Coupe and a few other interesting cars.
No, but I fail to see the point of only bringing cars you can normally find on the lot on any day. Why not bring some cars with Performance Kits on them, or one or all of the Active Hybrids? Those are cars you don't see on the lots normally and would be a great opportunity to drive.
Robert A commented:
June 22, 2013, 6:57 pm

The 535i they had in Van Nuys was pretty decked out with Performance parts. It's also not every day that you can drive a Panamera or a Gran Coupe with such ease.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Pasa-d View Post
No, but I fail to see the point of only bringing cars you can normally find on the lot on any day. Why not bring some cars with Performance Kits on them, or one or all of the Active Hybrids? Those are cars you don't see on the lots normally and would be a great opportunity to drive.
MB330 commented:
June 23, 2013, 8:53 pm

Register for BMW Driving event - free
Test drive 640 coupe and Porsche Panamera on Sunday - free
Get e-mail from BMW on Tuesday with confirmation for $1,000 inecentive code
Get e-mail from my BMW center with summer promotion on Thursday morning
Drive with my daughter on Thursday at lunch (we work for the same company) and test drive new F30 320i. Get to work. Get phone call from my SA - deal went true and we can pick up car after work. BIG "THANK YOU" to my second time SA - Hamlet Shahverdian from Bob Smith BMW.
Get back to dealership after work, sign all paper, pay deposit, watch my daughter drive home with her first ever new car and see smile on her face - priceless
O, forgot - this is her B-day present also!
Aqua Bliss commented:
June 24, 2013, 6:24 pm

Received my cert via email this morning. Does anyone know if you have to take delivery by end of October or just place your order by then? I'd like to use this on 2014 X5 but don't know if the car will be delivered by then...
MB330 commented:
June 24, 2013, 6:47 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aqua Bliss View Post
Received my cert via email this morning. Does anyone know if you have to take delivery by end of October or just place your order by then? I'd like to use this on 2014 X5 but don't know if the car will be delivered by then...
Place your order. Sorry for typo.

* on offer mean this small script
Quote:
* BMW Ultimate Driving Allowance is available on all new 2013 and 2014 BMW models and can only be redeemed by individuals who participate in a scheduled BMW Ultimate Drive Experience event and is non-transferable. The offer is valid from April 17, 2013 through October 31, 2013 on the lease or purchase of all eligible models. Offer may be redeemed at an authorized BMW center for Stateside (U.S.) delivery only and cannot be used for European delivery. Offer not valid for vehicles delivered prior to event attendance or customer orders placed prior to event attendance. This offer may only be combined with certain eligible offers available at the time of delivery. Offer cannot be used for tax, title, registration, destination or other dealership fees. Offer is only valid for the recipient of this invitation. Some restrictions apply; see an authorized BMW center for details.
I would like to add something that not on this offer - this offer not for individual - it's for household. I was able to apply this rebate on my daughter car, who lives with us.
Aqua Bliss commented:
June 24, 2013, 6:49 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by MB330 View Post
Please your order
You mean "Place your order"?

Does anyone have a cert from BMW that mentions anything about excluding X5? Mine doesn't.
koctail commented:
June 27, 2013, 1:02 pm

Is a service loaner still considered a "new" car for purposes of this $1000 offer?
tturedraider commented:
June 27, 2013, 1:49 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by koctail View Post
Is a service loaner still considered a "new" car for purposes of this $1000 offer?
You'll probably get a quicker and better answer to this question by posting it in the Ask a Dealer forum.
nilfinite commented:
June 29, 2013, 5:13 pm

Did the ultimate drive last Tuesday and haven't gotten it yet (Saturday) has it taken this long for anyone else?
nilfinite commented:
June 30, 2013, 3:24 am

In case anyone reads this in the future: Received it today evening. So 4 days.
koctail commented:
July 1, 2013, 3:19 pm

I did mine on Friday and received my $1000 email on Sunday night. Right when I checked in the woman asked me if I just wanted to $1000 or actually wanted to drive a car. I told her I did wanna drive. I ended up driving a 320i. I have driven a 328i and wanted to see the difference. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the power but never got the speed above 60. It was 97 degrees when driving the car and the only 320i they had was base model. The plastic fake leather seats in this car are horrible. I was sticking to them in the heat with the A/C cranked up. Mercedes MB Tex is a superior fake leather imho.
tturedraider commented:
July 1, 2013, 4:18 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by koctail View Post
Mercedes MB Tex is a superior fake leather imho.
This is true. In fact, most MB buyers never know the car they are buying doesn't actually have leather and it is virtually impossible to find a C Class or a lower level E Class on a dealer's lot that has leather. They even sell $70k+ SUVs with MB Tex. At an auto show in Texas I once had a MB "product specialist" argue with me that MB Tex was a special leather for cars sold in Texas.
joelk01 commented:
July 1, 2013, 4:37 pm

is the code for the $1K a different code than the one that was included on the event invite I got in the mail? The event I am attending is scheduled for Jul 12. Thanks
bayoucity commented:
July 1, 2013, 7:39 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by joelk01 View Post
is the code for the $1K a different code than the one that was included on the event invite I got in the mail? The event I am attending is scheduled for Jul 12. Thanks
Yes.
koctail commented:
July 3, 2013, 12:17 pm

I received 2 emails from the internet department at the dealership that hosted my Ultimate Drive event stating they were responding to my inquiry in a new vehicle. I find this a bit sleazy, but totally not a surprise. Has anyone else had this experience?
jlukja commented:
July 3, 2013, 12:24 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by koctail View Post
I received 2 emails from the internet department at the dealership that hosted my Ultimate Drive event stating they were responding to my inquiry in a new vehicle. I find this a bit sleazy, but totally not a surprise. Has anyone else had this experience?
Yes. I received one e-mail and then one phone call to the number I provided when registering for the event.
Coder949 commented:
July 16, 2013, 4:05 am

Does anyone know whether the code can be used for either 2013 or 2014 models? I'm kind of confused as other users seem to have it state for both year, whereas mine states the following:

"You are entitled to a BMW Ultimate Driving Allowance of $1,000 toward the purchase or lease of a new 2013 BMW, now through October 31, 2013."

This is strait from bmwusa@emails.bmwusa.com
AnOrO commented:
July 16, 2013, 9:26 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Coder949 View Post
Does anyone know whether the code can be used for either 2013 or 2014 models? I'm kind of confused as other users seem to have it state for both year, whereas mine states the following:

"You are entitled to a BMW Ultimate Driving Allowance of $1,000 toward the purchase or lease of a new 2013 BMW, now through October 31, 2013."

This is strait from bmwusa@emails.bmwusa.com
Call or email BMW USA directly and ask them if you can apply the code for a 2014 model you are buying in 2013.
skierrob commented:
July 16, 2013, 12:06 pm

The print at the top of my certificate also says "You are entitled to a BMW Ultimate Driving Allowance of $1,000 toward the purchase or lease of a new 2013 BMW, now through October 31, 2013.* " but if you look at the fine print at the very bottom of the email it says:

*BMW Ultimate Driving Allowance is available on all new 2013 and 2014 BMW models and can only be redeemed by individuals who participate in a scheduled BMW Ultimate Drive Experience event and is non-transferable. The offer is valid from April 17, 2013 through October 31, 2013 on the lease or purchase of all eligible models. Offer may be redeemed at an authorized BMW center for Stateside (U.S.) delivery only and cannot be used for European delivery. Offer not valid for vehicles delivered prior to event attendance or customer orders placed prior to event attendance. This offer may only be combined with certain eligible offers available at the time of delivery. Offer cannot be used for tax, title, registration, destination or other dealership fees. Offer is only valid for the recipient of this invitation. Some restrictions apply; see an authorized BMW center for details.

Therefore, I believe that it definitely is valid for a 2014.
Coder949 commented:
July 16, 2013, 11:11 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by skierrob View Post
The print at the top of my certificate also says "You are entitled to a BMW Ultimate Driving Allowance of $1,000 toward the purchase or lease of a new 2013 BMW, now through October 31, 2013.* " but if you look at the fine print at the very bottom of the email ...

Therefore, I believe that it definitely is valid for a 2014.
Sweet! Thanks for pointing that out. I'll definitely email BMW USA as well to confirm.
mr_clueless commented:
July 25, 2013, 4:10 pm

I did the drive today.

The 3 series car was a no line 328i with leatherette. The only options were the moonroof, 18" wheels and enhanced bluetooth. I thought the car drove really well. The wheel style was similar (same?) as the standard wheels on the no line 335i. Can going from 17" to 18" wheels make such a difference in the feeling of "floatiness" at highway speeds?

I don't even see those wheels as an option when building the car on the BMW site.
jjrandorin commented:
July 25, 2013, 5:01 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by koctail View Post
I received 2 emails from the internet department at the dealership that hosted my Ultimate Drive event stating they were responding to my inquiry in a new vehicle. I find this a bit sleazy, but totally not a surprise. Has anyone else had this experience?
Yes, this happened to me as well. I thought it was pretty funny, as I went there JUST to drive the car(s), since I had just purchased 2 new BMWs, from the same dealership that I went to for the event.

I really did not care about the 1K since I had already missed that. I wanted to drive the 649 GC and the Panamera. Really, REALLY liked the 6GC, but boy they had that thing optioned up. Leather dash, Tech / Premium / Drivers assist etc. The difference between the 6GC and the Bottom Level Panamera they had was pretty striking.
bjb commented:
August 11, 2013, 9:41 am

Hi everyone; I am new to this
I just ordered my 328i xdrive including the UDE but after signing and paying deposit I discovered (the dealer did not tell me that before signing)that the car will not go into production till mid september and mostly it will not get delivered by October 31.
Anyone have similar situation?
Anyone at BMW in charge of this since the dealer told me he will talk to BMW rep to make an exception?
Anyone from last year event having similar problem and how it was dealt with?
It is mentionned in my agreement with the dealer though the $1000 is coming from BMW!!.
mr_clueless commented:
August 11, 2013, 11:23 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by bjb View Post
Hi everyone; I am new to this
I just ordered my 328i xdrive including the UDE but after signing and paying deposit I discovered (the dealer did not tell me that before signing)that the car will not go into production till mid september and mostly it will not get delivered by October 31.
Anyone have similar situation?
Anyone at BMW in charge of this since the dealer told me he will talk to BMW rep to make an exception?
Anyone from last year event having similar problem and how it was dealt with?
It is mentionned in my agreement with the dealer though the $1000 is coming from BMW!!.
I am in the same situation. The dealer said they would try and get the car delivered by Oct 31, but in case I miss it, I would not be able to take advantage of the offer.
chiefneil commented:
August 11, 2013, 12:33 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by bjb View Post
Hi everyone; I am new to this
I just ordered my 328i xdrive including the UDE but after signing and paying deposit I discovered (the dealer did not tell me that before signing)that the car will not go into production till mid september and mostly it will not get delivered by October 31.
Anyone have similar situation?
Anyone at BMW in charge of this since the dealer told me he will talk to BMW rep to make an exception?
Anyone from last year event having similar problem and how it was dealt with?
It is mentionned in my agreement with the dealer though the $1000 is coming from BMW!!.
My CA said he's seen BMW allow a little wiggle room, like a week or two. Much more than that and you're out of luck though.

If you can get a German build slot, my CA said those generally get delivered faster than the SA builds. I just ordered this week and my CA made sure to get me an August German build slot to make the Oct 31 deadline. VPC-installed items might also add some additional delay.
tturedraider commented:
August 11, 2013, 12:54 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by bjb View Post
Hi everyone; I am new to this
I just ordered my 328i xdrive including the UDE but after signing and paying deposit I discovered (the dealer did not tell me that before signing)that the car will not go into production till mid september and mostly it will not get delivered by October 31.
Anyone have similar situation?
Anyone at BMW in charge of this since the dealer told me he will talk to BMW rep to make an exception?
Anyone from last year event having similar problem and how it was dealt with?
It is mentionned in my agreement with the dealer though the $1000 is coming from BMW!!.
If your dealer is worth anything at all he should modify an order that is already in the system that is scheduledto be built relatively soon. Did you get a Vehicle Inquiry Report with a production number before you left the dealership? If not you should go back and tell them this is what you want.
tturedraider commented:
August 11, 2013, 12:55 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by chiefneil View Post
My CA said he's seen BMW allow a little wiggle room, like a week or two. Much more than that and you're out of luck though.

If you can get a German build slot, my CA said those generally get delivered faster than the SA builds. I just ordered this week and my CA made sure to get me an August German build slot to make the Oct 31 deadline. VPC-installed items might also add some additional delay.
I would NOT count on this AT ALL. Talk is cheap!
bjb commented:
August 11, 2013, 3:45 pm

Thanks for your answers;
I don't know about Vehicle Inquiry Report but I have a production number is it enough?
My dealer said he can not make the production earlier.
what do CA and VPC stand for?
In case I can not get the $1000, does the dealer take it?
mr_clueless commented:
August 11, 2013, 5:16 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by bjb View Post
Thanks for your answers;
I don't know about Vehicle Inquiry Report but I have a production number is it enough?
My dealer said he can not make the production earlier.
what do CA and VPC stand for?
In case I can not get the $1000, does the dealer take it?
CA = client advisor
VPC = vehicle prep center

If you don't get the $1000, then I guess you pay extra and it goes to BMW.
tturedraider commented:
August 12, 2013, 1:45 am

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Thanks for your answers;
I don't know about Vehicle Inquiry Report but I have a production number is it enough?
My dealer said he can not make the production earlier.

In case I can not get the $1000, does the dealer take it?
You need to get a VIR. Ask the dealer if there is some reason he cannot modify an order already in the system with an earlier build date.

If you miss the cutoff date for taking delivery no one gets the $1,000. The incentive just expires and is lost.
mr_clueless commented:
August 12, 2013, 1:51 am

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You need to get a VIR. Ask the dealer if there is some reason he cannot modify an order already in the system with an earlier build date.
For the CA said earliest build date is in early September. Nothing earlier is possible. It's a low volume dealer I guess. I could go to a dealer further out that I know is higher volume (and they would charge me less!), but I have been test driving cars here, so I feel obligated to give them my business.
bjb commented:
August 12, 2013, 6:12 pm

mr_clueless

""For the CA said earliest build date is in early September. Nothing earlier is possible. It's a low volume dealer I guess. I could go to a dealer further out that I know is higher volume (and they would charge me less!), but I have been test driving cars here, so I feel obligated to give them my business.""

I am in simila situation: but how much test driving cars is it worth since you will lose the $1000+the diference in price?
bjb commented:
August 12, 2013, 6:18 pm

tturedraider

You need to get a VIR. Ask the dealer if there is some reason he cannot modify an order already in the system with an earlier build date.

If you miss the cutoff date for taking delivery no one gets the $1,000. The incentive just expires and is lost.

I found the VIR (I did not realize its name)
The dealer said he has schediled production date that he hopes they will make it earlier but he can not make them
mr_clueless commented:
August 12, 2013, 6:21 pm

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I am in simila situation: but how much test driving cars is it worth since you will lose the $1000+the diference in price?
Well...I don't know. I think by the end of this week, if I don't hear back from them (they haven't even taken a deposit from me) I will talk to the larger dealer, find out how much I would lose, and go back to the first dealer and say to help out...if they cannot order soon enough to take advantage of UDE, then perhaps get them to drop the price a bit more.
skierrob commented:
August 12, 2013, 6:21 pm

If the dealer can't get you a car, why do business with them? Go somewhere else now before you lose out on $1,000!
bjb commented:
August 14, 2013, 4:24 pm

skierrob commented:
August 12, 2013, 6:21 pm

If the dealer can't get you a car, why do business with them? Go somewhere else now before you lose out on $1,000!

I already paid the nonrefundable deposit before knowing how late the car will be (dealer did not disclose that info)
skierrob commented:
August 14, 2013, 4:34 pm

Make sure it is non-refundable in your state. In California, ALL vehicle deposits are 100% refundable (although you may need to challenge a dealer to get the deposit back, you will get it back).
bjb commented:
August 15, 2013, 12:45 pm

skierrob commented:
August 14, 2013, 4:34 pm

Make sure it is non-refundable in your state. In California, ALL vehicle deposits are 100% refundable (although you may need to challenge a dealer to get the deposit back, you will get it back).

Thank you for the info; dealer emailed me that production moved to {"112: scheduled for daily production"} I don not know what it means or howsoon it will be produced.
Arciga18 commented:
August 22, 2013, 9:42 pm

So i was about to start making calls tomorrow and then i checked my spam folder......
BMW2013 commented:
September 7, 2013, 1:42 am

Quick question: is the $1,000 a rebate? or will reduce the selling price? My dealer told me that $1,000 is a rebate and reduce the OTD price $1,000. Also, is there condition to use the $1,000? Such as I need to finance my car through the dealer etc? I don't see clear detail from the BMW email. Thanks.
Robert A commented:
September 7, 2013, 1:46 am

It's a rebate, which also means that you'll pay sales tax on the pre-rebate amount.

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Quick question: is the $1,000 a rebate? or will reduce the selling price? My dealer told me that $1,000 is a rebate and reduce the OTD price $1,000. .
skierrob commented:
September 7, 2013, 2:08 am

When I used it, it was listed as a reduction in price and I used my credit union to finance at a lower interest rate than the bmw 2.9 percent offer.
BMW2013 commented:
September 7, 2013, 3:05 am

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It's a rebate, which also means that you'll pay sales tax on the pre-rebate amount.
Thanks. Any condition to use that? For example, do I have to finance through the dealer?
chiefneil commented:
September 7, 2013, 12:02 pm

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Thanks. Any condition to use that? For example, do I have to finance through the dealer?
No, you just have to close by Oct 31. If you're not trading in a BMW (for the loyalty discount) you can get an additional $500 discount by financing ~$5000 through BMW FS.
BMW2013 commented:
September 7, 2013, 1:04 pm

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No, you just have to close by Oct 31. If you're not trading in a BMW (for the loyalty discount) you can get an additional $500 discount by financing ~$5000 through BMW FS.
I am not going to have trade in, but don't like to do the financing through BMW FS as well since I can get better rate through bank.
chiefneil commented:
September 7, 2013, 1:47 pm

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I am not going to have trade in, but don't like to do the financing through BMW FS as well since I can get better rate through bank.
Depends on your personal financial situation if you want to get the extra money or not. I'm paying cash but financing 5k for the discount. After 6 months (that's the minimum you need to carry the loan) I'll pay it off and be out about $75 in interest so ~$425 ahead at the end of the day. It's hardly worth the trouble but I look at it as the $400 covering the cost of tinting.
Guy3Series commented:
September 12, 2013, 9:37 am

ALright so i booked my Car on 27th July with the UDE event code for 1000$ rebate, Its arriving this week .

What next? How do I get the rebate? Is it automatic? Do I need to fill out a form or something a link maybe ? Can anyone tell me how the rebate lands in your hand?
mr_clueless commented:
September 12, 2013, 10:58 am

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ALright so i booked my Car on 27th July with the UDE event code for 1000$ rebate, Its arriving this week .

What next? How do I get the rebate? Is it automatic? Do I need to fill out a form or something a link maybe ? Can anyone tell me how the rebate lands in your hand?
I think you just provide the code to the dealer.
flyinghippo commented:
October 3, 2013, 6:07 pm

Is this $1000 rebate transferable?
Robert A commented:
October 3, 2013, 6:11 pm

I'll answer it this way...

Years ago, MBUSA offered a $1k transferable rebate if you attended their driving event. What everybody (who wasn't going to buy a car) wound up doing was selling those rebates on eBay. I sold mine for roughly $300.

That was the end of transferability.

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Is this $1000 rebate transferable?
Guy3Series commented:
October 4, 2013, 11:02 am

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Is this $1000 rebate transferable?
Since Robert brought it up. The rebate comes in email with an 20 digit(i think) code. I forwarded that email to the Sales Manager and he used that code while doing the custom order.

So my guess is it should be transferrable unless the BMW internal system has tied the CODE directly to the person who is booking it, which should be kinda unruly.

For Eg. My step father does the drive and I want to use the code? I technically should be able to use the rebate isn't it?
bmw_again commented:
October 4, 2013, 2:16 pm

So to use the rebate, the delivery needs to happen before Oct. 31? It is not enough just to place the order by then?
mr_clueless commented:
October 4, 2013, 2:22 pm

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So to use the rebate, the delivery needs to happen before Oct. 31? It is not enough just to place the order by then?
Yes, that's what I understood from talking to multiple dealers. In fact, even now, if due to something unforeseen my car isn't available by Oct 31, I will end up not being able to use this. I was warned about that by the sales manager, although the SA told me the probability of not getting it by then is very low.
bmw_again commented:
October 4, 2013, 3:43 pm

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Originally Posted by mr_clueless View Post
Yes, that's what I understood from talking to multiple dealers. In fact, even now, if due to something unforeseen my car isn't available by Oct 31, I will end up not being able to use this. I was warned about that by the sales manager, although the SA told me the probability of not getting it by then is very low.
thanks for the info, confirms what I heard before.

My hope was that it could be similar to some of the other rebates that you had to place an order and get credit approval to lock the rebate for several months.

But I guess, this one is different, and not attached to financing with bmw either.
koctail commented:
October 15, 2013, 1:28 pm

OK. This marketing ploy of $1000 is working on me. I have my yet to be used $1k code. Any idea on lease deals to put this to use? Maybe a 12/24 month lease, no money down on a 320i or 328i with premium package? I am in SF Bay Area.