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      10-08-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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Shipping Route?

For a new M3 headed to Denver, does the boat unload on the East Coast or West Coast?
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      10-08-2011, 12:23 PM   #2
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For a new M3 headed to Denver, does the boat unload on the East Coast or West Coast?
I would put money on it that it be the east coast then have a read below it might help to figure out this mystery

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Vehicle Production Status - West Coast Shipping
Almost two months ago, I ordered my first BMW. Over time, I've gotten more and more excited about this car. As a result, I've grown a little impatient about my wait. To be fair to myself, I think I've waited more than my share of time. The car didn't finish production until July 29th and then sat on the dock in Bimmerhaven err.. Bremenhaven.. for a week waiting for a ship.

The tricky part was fiquring out the ship. If you use the automated line at BMW and called 800 831-1117, you probably gave it your "Vehicle order number" to find out the "vehicle production status" or your VIN #. Unfortunately, the last thing it will tell you is that your car left the port or is in transit. Same thing at the BMW website. Not exactly very helpful here. Worse (if you've read the vehicle tracking forums) is that the website and status information via the phone line take anywhere from a couple of days to a week or more to update. So now what do you do?

You do what I did. You become obsessed. You start googling these forums looking for some keyword on shipment tracking. It's taken me 3 weeks, but I finally figured out how to figure out when you car will arrive if you live on the west coast. The solution is so simple, I wonder why it took so long for me to figure it out in the first place. First, some resources that I used to help me find information:

This link has a nice list of the production codes at BMW AG:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/arc...p/t-88923.html

The Ultimate Ship Tracking Guide:
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showpos...25&postcount=1

Of coursel:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=828

And finally, the King:
http://www.bmwblog.com/2009/07/14/ho...d-to-delivery/

The last three links really are the ultimate. The information I have is more of an addendum to the Ultimate Ship Tracking Guide for people that live on the west coast.

If you are seeking to track your vehicle, you're going to run into two problems.

First, BMW uses K Line for the west coast, so unlike the east coast runs, you can't enter your vin # to find out what boat your car is on. You're actually going to have to do some leg work. The key here is to know either when your ship left bremerhaven or when it will arrive in CA. You can extrapolate the time your car left Bremerhaven or the time when your car will arrive in CA based on either data. You'll want to become a member of these two useful websites:

http://www.digital-seas.com
and
http://www.vesseltracker.com

Both sites have very good information, but they often complement one other.


My dealer wouldn't tell me what ship my car was on. So I had to become somewhat of a detective. The light bulb finally went off when I figured out which port the cars actually go to. And fortunately, the answer is easy: the cars always arrive at Port Hueneme.

Even better news is that Port of Hueneme has a very good website.
http://www.portofhueneme.org
Just click on Vessel Schedule..

Low and behold, there was my ship!


Other good ideas shamelessly taken from others:
Call the LA office of NYK line. They usually can tell you if the ship has docked in Port Hueneme.

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      10-08-2011, 07:37 PM   #3
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..use google as did to find a nice shipping company.
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