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:wave: Hi all. I am a newb here and have choosen the Elise as my next car to replace the 330i which will have given way to some SUV by delivery date I'm sure.

Question, I have been in touch with the Los Gatos Dealer, (I believe you guys refer to them as SVAG).

Anywho they said $2,000 to be number 156 on the list, purchased at MSRP. One guy told me 12-15 month wait, the other said 16-20 month wait. The wait is not too big of an issue (as long as I can get my deposit back should I change my mind), but is it even worth going on a list if I'm so far out? Will there always be a list?

I've also heard there will be some changes on the 2006 model to comply with DOT standards. Should I wait for that list?

Thanks for the help guys. (or maybe you know of a better dealer in CA). I'm located in Fresno CA so all dealers are relatively far from me.
 

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Welcome to the board. The waitlist time will vary depending on your dealer. Also, a percentage of those on lists now will either drop off, or have multiple deposits with dealers.

If Lotus is not able to get an extension on the federal exemptions, the changes will affect model year 2007, they can produce the present config. car up until Dec 31 2006 when the exemptions expire if extensions not granted.

My recommendation, get on a list even if you're not sure you want the car, you can always drop off and get your refund back.
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Welcome AVRed. Chris has several good points there. One thing you might want to do is call around; you might find a lower number and a lower deposit. My dealer's list in St Louis is now up to mid 80's and they're still taking 1000 deposits.
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Welcome too AVRed, please consider checking out dealers that may be a little further from you. Nothing wrong with a little drive to break in the car. :)
 

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zvezdah1 said:
If Lotus is not able to get an extension on the federal exemptions, the changes will affect model year 2007, they can produce the present config. car up until Dec 31 2006 when the exemptions expire if extensions not granted.
Thanks, Chris. I didn't know what the cutoff date was.

I put my deposit down with SVAG on Wednesday. I am optimistic that I'll get a car before 12/31/2006. FWIW, Salesman Jack told me I'm number 150. (I don't know if that's exact or approximate, and it doesn't matter this far out anyway.)

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Just don't place too much faith in any delivery estimate they give you - realize that they're at the mercy of Lotus for getting that info, and they're generally not getting it. I was told my car would be here in June, it's still not here and I have no word on when it'll arrive. I don't blame SVAG, it's just how Lotus works.

Congrats though. I've been really happy with SVAG, they seem like a class act. Remember, your deposit there is fully refundable (by law), so if you come across a shorter list you can always switch. Also, keep an eye on this message board for rumors of any new Lotus dealers opening up - if/when that happens, and you want a car soon, get on that list asap.

EDIT - when I saw shorter list, what I really mean is, earlier delivery date. Since different dealers get different numbers of cars, a longer list at one dealer may result in you getting a car sooner than being on a shorter list at another dealer.
 
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