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      06-29-2007, 06:56 PM   #1
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Dealer allocation: do smaller dealers wait longer?

I've bought BMW and MB in the past from a smaller, more rural dealer. The large local "city" dealers dont like to deal like the smaller guys.

Anyway, I can get #1 spot on the list for the E92 M3 but I'm concerned the bigger dealers will get their cars sooner. If I'm truly #1 will the smaller dealers get their cars the same time as the larger ones?

This dealer isnt THAT small - they do have an M6 vert and M5 in the showroom, along with that crazy $500,000 SLR MB thing...

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      06-29-2007, 08:59 PM   #2
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it all depends on how many units your dealers sell per month.
go ask your salesman how the E46 M3 sales have been in the past.. that should give you a good enough idea for allocation rates.
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      06-30-2007, 03:54 AM   #3
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Doesn't matter for #1

The rates dealers will get new Ms will be about the same they got E46 M3s (educated guess). However, if you can get spot #1 it really won't matter unless your dealer is so small that they can not even get a car in the first month of allocations. What really matters is if you have a terrible spot like 20. That could take anywhere from 3 months to 10 months after the #1 guys get their car. See my post here as well.
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      06-30-2007, 09:47 PM   #4
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I've heard, and from what I asked my dealer, is the #1 spots are a sure-thing. Every dealer across the country will get at least one allocation immediately upon release. Its the #2, 3 and spots so-on, that will be more sensative to the small dealer-small volume/allocation rule.

This is my situation also. #1 at a small/medium volume dealer.
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