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Guys,

How long does it take from the build of the car or when you get your VIN to when the dealer has the car?
 

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My car was built mid/late July and I am picking it up today/tomorrow. I think there were some delays due to truck transport here in the US though, hopefully things will speed up a little.
 

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I'm thinking its more like 4 weeks. That would co-incide with James' timing if you factored in the 2 week Hethel shut down in which his car was probably in the midst of being built, plus the after start-of-production increase in output.
 

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Roughly two weeks to build a car. Cars ship out every Monday.

4 weeks to transport across Atlantic. 5 weeks across Pacific. 6-7 weeks to Hawaii. Including customs.

Distribution can be 1-3 weeks.
 

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Randy's numbers correspond broadly to what I've been told

About 2 months, give or take.
 

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Based on Stickers I found on the Elise>>>

and other documentation...

Found date stickers/marking on the inside of the front and rear
clams showing a 4/15/04 manufacture

Strickers on front and rear light assemblies showing dates of July 04 along with 'Sandra' being the light assembly inspector

The rear light assemblies are clearly stickered as 'Federal' (meaning for US Elise) and front lights being 'Euro' thus reason for the NHTSA exemption request for the headlights

Final production date sticker (which is bar coded) is 7/28/04 and we took delivery of the Elise the day it arrived at the dealership on 8/27/04
 

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Randy Chase said:
Roughly two weeks to build a car. Cars ship out every Monday.

4 weeks to transport across Atlantic. 5 weeks across Pacific. 6-7 weeks to Hawaii. Including customs.

Distribution can be 1-3 weeks.
I think distribution is more like 2 -5 weeks from my observations, although I am told they are trying to improve. Yup, anytime soon.:(
 

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Mark Starr (HRM) sez 4 Weeks

I asked Mark Starr from HRM.

He said about 4 weeks.

1 week on the water
1 week for customs and trucking
2 weeks for "friction in the system"

I asked my wife who has done import/export and international shipping for 10+ years.

She the passage for a RO/RO boat from Felixtowe England (the port of London) to New York is about 8 to 10 days.

It can take longer if the boat is visiting other ports on its way to dropping off in NY.

:cool:
 

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Re: Mark Starr (HRM) sez 4 Weeks

GHC said:
She the passage for a RO/RO boat from Felixtowe England (the port of London) to New York is about 8 to 10 days.

It can take longer if the boat is visiting other ports on its way to dropping off in NY.

:cool:
FYI They are not on RO/RO, they are in containers:)
 

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Cool, do I get to keep the box??

Can I keep the box it came in???
 

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Re: Cool, do I get to keep the box??

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Can I keep the box it came in???
You would have to split it with the other cars in it. :)
 

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Assuming no hiccups...

2 weeks for build
0-1 wk to get on a ship (depends when the car is completed)
2-3 wks to east coast + 1 week for west coast
1 wk for port prep
1 wk for transit to dealer

6 - 8 weeks total

Kiyoshi
 
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