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      11-17-2020, 06:50 PM   #23
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Made a deal 10/31 with Ohio dealer. Received text from salesman that vehicle was in Production Begins 11/12. Remains there since despite very frequent browser refreshes . BMW estimates completion 12/1.
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How was your experience using a broker? I'm curious whether I should have considered that route. Savings on the cost or hassle factor, or both?
So far the experience has been great. In regards to the hassle factor, huge savings there! I basically configured what I wanted on BMW's site, and then sent the build code to the broker. I then spoke directly with them and reviewed my order. He had some questions and suggestions about my order, which was nice to get some outside input. I had some questions related to the Federal Tax credit on the 45e (whether or not it would apply to a lease) and the broker was happy to look into that for me with his rep. He initially checked what was available in dealer stock, but could not locate anything close to my build so we ended up placing the custom order.

In regards to the cost factor, the broker got me 6.3% off before any incentives. After applying $3500 finance & loyalty credit the savings add up to 10.4% off. I also just asked the broker to see if I could take advantage of the Test Drive to End Hunger promotion for an additional $1000 off (no answer on that one yet).

Post sale, I will also be able to get the $1000 BMW CCA rebate, plus the $7500 federal tax credit. It all adds up to 20.4% off MSRP (not including the test drive promo). I do have to pay the broker $395 for their service, so deduct that and the savings is a little less than 20%.

Of course, I have not taken delivery yet so the final verdict is still not in...

And full disclosure: I also emailed several dealerships in WA and OR to see if I could get a better deal, and none were able to come close to the broker. I also did not attempt to further negotiate with the broker based on my comparison shopping.
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      11-17-2020, 11:06 PM   #25
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So far the experience has been great. In regards to the hassle factor, huge savings there! I basically configured what I wanted on BMW's site, and then sent the build code to the broker. I then spoke directly with them and reviewed my order. He had some questions and suggestions about my order, which was nice to get some outside input. I had some questions related to the Federal Tax credit on the 45e (whether or not it would apply to a lease) and the broker was happy to look into that for me with his rep. He initially checked what was available in dealer stock, but could not locate anything close to my build so we ended up placing the custom order.

In regards to the cost factor, the broker got me 6.3% off before any incentives. After applying $3500 finance & loyalty credit the savings add up to 10.4% off. I also just asked the broker to see if I could take advantage of the Test Drive to End Hunger promotion for an additional $1000 off (no answer on that one yet).

Post sale, I will also be able to get the $1000 BMW CCA rebate, plus the $7500 federal tax credit. It all adds up to 20.4% off MSRP (not including the test drive promo). I do have to pay the broker $395 for their service, so deduct that and the savings is a little less than 20%.

Of course, I have not taken delivery yet so the final verdict is still not in...

And full disclosure: I also emailed several dealerships in WA and OR to see if I could get a better deal, and none were able to come close to the broker. I also did not attempt to further negotiate with the broker based on my comparison shopping.
To get 6.3% from the dealer would be amazing. My MSRP is around 83k. The dealer gave me 2500 plus the 3500 rebate. Would love to know how to do this right next time - probably too late for this one because I need it delivered by end of year for tax reasons.
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      11-18-2020, 09:17 AM   #26
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Looks great! Check your tire pressure. My dealer didn't realize the 45e has lower pressure for the front tires and set them all at 43.
Funny that you mention. When the BMW person was walking me through the car and system, there was the screen with the tire pressure and I asked why the front wheels are 34 while 43 back (or whatever numbers)? Are those the same tires or different type for the the front and back? As I was asking, I thought about the battery in the back. He told me that the tires are the same, just different pressures.
You can set the type and size of the tires in Idrive and it will show the advised pressure.
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      11-19-2020, 10:05 PM   #27
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Wow, yours went fast compared to mine. I ordered from BMW Northwest (Tacoma) on 10/20 and I just hit Production Begins last Thur 11/13 - still there. Estimated completion is 12/2 and HOPING to have it before year end.
Hey Mine started on Nov 13th as well, and automated phone service told me estimated completion time is on Dec 3rd. Reading through this forum, looks like most of the folks had their car completed production in less than 2 weeks. Wondering if our cases are delayed or BMW automated phone service was giving an inflated estimate? Btw I am in Boise Idaho, so absolutely no idea about how long it takes to ship it here.
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      11-20-2020, 11:31 AM   #28
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My 45e in Minneapolis...
Ordered 10/24 with week 49 assigned
Moved to step two 10/30
Moved to step 3 11/17 and got VIN assigned. States will be complete 12/4.
Fingers crossed
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      11-21-2020, 05:45 PM   #29
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Possibly good news, for me and maybe others if the trend holds. I was initially quoted a completion date of 12/1 but it's been updated to 11/24. Still trying to verify as the automated system may be confusing the "F" in my partial VIN with an "S" - remarkably hard to tell (using an "S" sends me to a person so I am betting it got the "F" when I got the automated reply of completion date change).
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      11-22-2020, 12:16 AM   #30
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Possibly good news, for me and maybe others if the trend holds. I was initially quoted a completion date of 12/1 but it's been updated to 11/24. Still trying to verify as the automated system may be confusing the "F" in my partial VIN with an "S" - remarkably hard to tell (using an "S" sends me to a person so I am betting it got the "F" when I got the automated reply of completion date change).
Funny, same thing happened to me. I just called the automated line and it says I now have an estimated completion of 11/25 - before it was 12/2 (week 49). I will be calling Monday morning to see if a live person can confirm...
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      11-24-2020, 09:24 AM   #31
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My BMW CCA $1,000 rebate arrived in the mail Monday. Just 2 weeks after I applied for it. Super fast!
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      11-24-2020, 05:44 PM   #32
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Yep, mine is showing In Transit as of today also
Interesting, mine just updated today to show "At the Port", which is 1 step before "In Transit" that it was showing previously. But that actually seems to match what the BMW Genius told me on the phone last week, that the train was scheduled to arrive in CA on 11/23...
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      11-25-2020, 05:44 PM   #33
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End of day update - we made it all of the way to Awaiting Carrier Assignment in one day. BMW Genius just told me that he expects it to leave the facility on 11/27 and estimates less than two weeks for dealer arrival (WA State).

So current complete timeline:

• Ordered 10/20
• Sched for Prod 10/30, week 49
• Prod began 11/13
• Estimated completion changed 11/21. Was Dec 2, now Nov 25 per automated 800#
• Entered assembly line 11/25 beginning of the day
• Awaiting carrier assignment 11/25 end of day

I hope that is helpful for anyone else tracking their vehicle.
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      11-25-2020, 11:31 PM   #34
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End of day update - we made it all of the way to Awaiting Carrier Assignment in one day. BMW Genius just told me that he expects it to leave the facility on 11/27 and estimates less than two weeks for dealer arrival (WA State).

So current complete timeline:

• Ordered 10/20
• Sched for Prod 10/30, week 49
• Prod began 11/13
• Estimated completion changed 11/21. Was Dec 2, now Nov 25 per automated 800#
• Entered assembly line 11/25 beginning of the day
• Awaiting carrier assignment 11/25 end of day

I hope that is helpful for anyone else tracking their vehicle.
Can you post the automated 800#? Ordered, got production number...back in the game again.

I have this 18008311117,,2,,,<prodnumber>,1

It doesn't work.
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      11-26-2020, 12:26 AM   #35
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Can you post the automated 800#? Ordered, got production number...back in the game again.

I have this 18008311117,,2,,,<prodnumber>,1

It doesn't work.
Same number but at first, do not select an extension and then it will transfer you to a voiceprompt menu asking you what you want where you can say 'production status'. Then it asks for your prod number, then it gives you an automated update on your status. After that you have the option to ask for and talk to a live customer service person. Maybe there is another way to do it, but that has been my method. I hope that is helpful.
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      11-26-2020, 01:05 AM   #36
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Same number but at first, do not select an extension and then it will transfer you to a voiceprompt menu asking you what you want where you can say 'production status'. Then it asks for your prod number, then it gives you an automated update on your status. After that you have the option to ask for and talk to a live customer service person. Maybe there is another way to do it, but that has been my method. I hope that is helpful.
I thought you can feed the prod. number automated with pause and you land on the right prompt on IVR.
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      11-26-2020, 10:55 AM   #37
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I thought you can feed the prod. number automated with pause and you land on the right prompt on IVR.
Maybe - I was just relaying how I have been doing it.
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      11-26-2020, 12:50 PM   #38
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I placed an order on October 21 and it was assembled on November 25. I presume it will be on the way to the dealer in Massachusetts early next week, depending on the holiday schedule for the factory. It was helpful in this forum to find a BMW phone number that I could call to get production status. My dealer salesman hasn’t been very helpful in this regard.
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      11-26-2020, 05:35 PM   #39
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Same number but at first, do not select an extension and then it will transfer you to a voiceprompt menu asking you what you want where you can say 'production status'. Then it asks for your prod number, then it gives you an automated update on your status. After that you have the option to ask for and talk to a live customer service person. Maybe there is another way to do it, but that has been my method. I hope that is helpful.
I found another thread that inserts more comma pauses into your sequence. It has 11 commas where you have 2 commas and 2 commas where you have 1 comma. Works well for me
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I found another thread that inserts more comma pauses into your sequence. It has 11 commas where you have 2 commas and 2 commas where you have 1 comma. Works well for me
18008311117,,,,,,,,,,,2,,,prod#,,1
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18008311117,,,,,,,,,,,2,,,prod#,,1
Thanks, it works.

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      12-01-2020, 12:29 AM   #42
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End of day update - we made it all of the way to Awaiting Carrier Assignment in one day. BMW Genius just told me that he expects it to leave the facility on 11/27 and estimates less than two weeks for dealer arrival (WA State).

So current complete timeline:

• Ordered 10/20
• Sched for Prod 10/30, week 49
• Prod began 11/13
• Estimated completion changed 11/21. Was Dec 2, now Nov 25 per automated 800#
• Entered assembly line 11/25 beginning of the day
• Awaiting carrier assignment 11/25 end of day

I hope that is helpful for anyone else tracking their vehicle.
Update - mine flipped to Dispatched from factory today, 11/30.
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      12-01-2020, 12:19 PM   #43
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Finally got my production number. Now what is the average waiting time from “order received” to “production begins”?
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      12-01-2020, 12:59 PM   #44
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My order placed 10/24, scheduled 10/30, begins 11/17. Just went into assembly line today
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