I so wanted to put one of those "personal trackers" on my car -- the kind used by hikers and pilots so they can be found when something happens. Then I could track it near-real-time since they use satellite phone technology. I just worry that the ROLO ship structure will physically block GPS and SAT Phone.I was amazed that I could track it on the ship literally every three minutes all the way across the ocean. But once it hit the final port, you get one update a few days later on released from Customs and that's the end. Dealer basically said "It'll be here when it gets here."
It is not as easy to track an OSD car from the port to the retailer. It can still be done but it is not listed in the daily pipeline report they get regarding their regular inventory.One additional question. Who handles the truck shipment from the port. It would seem that the dealer would be aware that a truck shipment is on the way and what vehicles are on the truck. The last bit of information I received was on August 15th and that my car was released to the manufacturer (from the EHHarms site). The sales rep at the dealer did not know the status of my car. Thought I would have had it by now.
I feel your pain, mstak. If it's any consolation, it takes even longer for west coast deliveries. Mine will have taken about 12 weeks from the time we dropped it off in Gothenburg on June 12. Now my dealer says we should have received some kind of customs form that we don't have, and we are told that in order to drive the car off the lot we need the license, which requires the customs form. And "everyone just arrives to pick up their car with their state license" We are really rather bewildered.My car was released by customs on August 8th, released to the manufacturer on August 15th. It's a week and counting since then, why does it take more than a week to ship the car only a few hours away from Baltimore to Pittsburgh?
It takes at least a week to process the car through the Port, release it to the transporter who has to configure a full load (usually 7 or 8 cars) and then transport from Baltimore to Pittsburgh (usually a 2-day trip). A truck will NOT leave port unless it has a full load configured.Who orders the truck and who decides to load the OSD on the truck? My car was released by customs on August 8th, released to the manufacturer on August 15th. It's a week and counting since then, why does it take more than a week to ship the car only a few hours away from Baltimore to Pittsburgh?
Wow, so curious if mstak's timeframe is normal? 25 days from port arrival until pick up at dealer? Mine is scheduled to arrive in port tomorrow so wondering if I should still expect over 3 weeks until pickup. Port is about hour and half drive from dealer.
Don't forget the Hurricane Sandy and then the Northeaster that distrubpted operations on the east coast. Even if your car was scheduled for Georgia or a West Coast port, the ship might be waiting to get into the NJ/NY port -- or waiting for a full load for other ports (since the NJ/NY cars would have to wait).Mine also sat in Europe for ~ 3 weeks. The letter I got from Volvo said I should get the car Nov 8, but it made port yesterday (11/15). I was more patient my 1st time in 2004 (factory 10/22, received 12/6), perhaps because Volvo got my hopes up with the letter. I also didn't know about tracking then. FedEx gets things through customs in about an hour; why does it take something simple like a car take so many days?