3.0 The Order Process
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At the current time, because the demand far outstrips the supply, there are almost no Boxsters on dealer's lots. So you will need to order a Boxster from a dealer. Below are the details of the process.
Although this may seem the simplest thing in the world, it actually isn't. Each dealer is different from the others. A dealer might have a good service department and a bad sales department or vice-versa. You don't have to use a dealer just because it is the nearest one to your home. Many dealers will do a courtesy delivery to a dealer near where you live. Also, consider that driving a Boxster 500 miles from a dealer to your home isn't exactly torture. Get recommendations from others who have dealt with the dealership and salesperson you will be using.
Most dealers maintain a list of people waiting for Boxsters. Some dealers have shorter lists than others. By shopping around, you may be able to find a dealer with an early opening. A few dealers don't maintain lists at all, and catching them at the right moment may get you a car. Also, people sometimes back out of accepting delivery of their car. Sometimes you can get a car that has already been ordered, or sometimes already delivered. Depending on where the car is in the order process, you may still be able to change the options before it is built. Also, sometimes a dealer gets to accept an already built "pool" car with a certain set of options. These cars do not come out of the dealer's allocation and are used to reward dealers for playing by PCNA's rules. For example, the first Boxster every dealer had to accept was Guards Red with no options. You may be able to pick up one of these pool cars if there is no one else higher on the waitlist that is willing to take it.
Ask to see the dealer's Inventory Manager Summary Listing. All orders that have been submitted to PAG for production will appear on this listing. You can use this information to verify how many cars the dealer currently has on order and see how many cars are allocated each month. PCNA requires dealers to order units quarterly, so if it is January, all orders have already been submitted for February, March, and April build units. (For example, Dealers got their allocation for February/March/April on December 8, 1997. Orders for the February builds needed to be in by December 12, March orders by December 19, and April orders by December 26.) Since a car usually arrives 6 to 10 weeks after its build date, if the dealer is telling you in January that you will get a May delivery, the car has probably already been ordered! You may not be able to specify the options that you want if it is beyond the cutoff date for changing an existing order. [Thanks to Chris Huck of Pioneer Centres Porsche in San Diego, CA for this information.]
Make sure that your salesperson understands that you are going to demand at least bi-weekly reports of your current status code (described below) once the car has been ordered. If the salesperson can't agree to provide this information, appears hesitant, or doesn't know what a status code is, get another dealer. The salesperson is earning a substantial commission on this vehicle, and the main thing that he or she does to earn it is provide you information.
Check http://www.porsche.com for a list of dealers.
One option to consider is courtesy delivery. This option allows you to order from a dealer in Virginia, for example, but when the car arrives at the port in the U.S. it is delivered directly to a dealer in Colorado. Not all dealers will arrange courtesy delivery, and not all dealers will receive them either, because neither dealer can assure the quality of the work the other dealer does. Since the dealer that actually receives the car has to do preparation work, detailing, and do the walk-through of the vehicle, there is some expense involved. The rules for how the receiving dealer is compensated for this is negotiable. The selling dealer may compensate the receiving dealer by $500 or so for doing this work, you may have to pay the receiving dealer, you may pay the selling dealer who compensates the dealer, or the selling dealer may cover it gratis. Find out how this compensation will work when you make the deposit. Courtesy delivery is useful when picking up the car from the selling dealer and driving it home may be inconvenient due to schedule or weather.
The first step is to make a deposit with the dealer to hold your place in line. A typical deposit is $1000, but it has ranged from $250 to $2500. This deposit should be fully refundable at any point, but don't expect to gather interest if you want your money back. Because of the high demand for the Boxster, expect to pay the full Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) at the time of delivery for the Boxster. Get it in writing that that is what you will pay. A few unscrupulous dealers will try to charge you for "paint treatments" or some such to inflate the price over the MSRP. If you get one of these dealers, walk out the door and write a letter to PCNA.
When you take delivery, you will also have to pay a transportation fee, tax, license, and luxury tax for the vehicle. The luxury tax for 1997 was 8% of the cost of the vehicle in excess of $36,000. The luxury tax for 1998 is 7% of the cost of the vehicle in excess of $36,000. Unless the law is changed, the percentage will be dropping 1% each year until it is phased out. If your vehicle arrives at the dealer at the end of December, there could be advantageous tax consequences for delaying taking delivery until January.
Depending on the length of your dealer's waitlist, there will be a number of months for your name to get to the top of the list.
This is the time to do a lot of research. Can you really afford this car? Check out the financial calculators at http://www.smartcalc.com/cgi-bin/smartcalc/calcs/dd/robm for some idea. Call your insurance company and see how much insurance is going to cost you. Drive conservatively to avoid that extra ticket; you'll need those points after you take delivery!
When your name comes to the top of the waitlist, your dealer will call you to move onto the next step. It is fairly common that a dealer will only give you a couple of days to make your order. You should already have the options that you want picked out. While you are waiting, check with your dealer often to make sure that the options that you want are still available as PCNA frequently changes available colors and options. When your name gets to the top of the list, you should be ready.
The options available in North America are different from those available in the rest of the world. Also, the list of options that are available changes from time to time. For example, special exterior colors weren't available throughout most of the 1998 model year, but are now.
At this point, you will order your car. You tell your dealer the list of options that you want. Your dealer will ask for more money, a typical amount being another $4000.00. Make sure you fully understand how the dealer will refund this money should for any reason you do not accept delivery of your car. Your dealer will enter the order into a computer system called IDCS (Dealer Communication System) that sends it off to PCNA. When PCNA accepts the order, you move into the first step of the build process. Ask your dealer for a computer printout of the accepted order, called a pro-forma invoice with all of your options listed. There are horror stories of cars being delivered with options and colors messed up. If you make sure that the order is entered correctly into the computer, your chances of getting the car you want are extremely good.
Some people have had trouble getting the pro-forma invoice from their dealer. This is a bad sign that your dealer will not give you information that you need later. Consider finding another dealer and/or salesperson if they cannot provide this information, even if it means moving back to the end of the waiting list.
When your order is entered into the IDCS, it is assigned an order number (also called the reference number). The order number is a number, such as 1008384, that is used to reference your car as it is being built. As you wait for your car, it will go through various stages described below, in order. You should be able ask your dealer at any time to look up where the car is in the order process.
[Thanks to Valerie at Gaudin Porsche in Las Vegas, Nevada]
For examples of how long cars have been in each status code, take a look at this comparison: http://www.toolworks.com/bilofsky/boxster/orders.html . [Thanks to Walt Bilofsky for compiling the info.]
From the point that the car is entered into the IDCS until it reaches the ACPORD status, the dealer can change configuration and options directly using the IDCS. Once the ACPORD status has been reached, the dealer can no longer change the car through the IDCS. While it is in the MFGCNF state, the dealer may be able to change the order. The dealer can find out by going into the IDCS, selecting the Opt field, then pressing 8 for View. If the message shows "Released to production department" or "Assigned a Production Number", it is not changeable. If these messages do not appear, the dealer can fill out an Order Change Request form and fax it to Joe West at PCNA. After making a change, make sure that you get a printed copy of the updated pro-forma invoice with your name at the top. Also be careful when making changes, because some changes might go through and others be rejected. So if you change both the interior and exterior color you might only get one changed, which might leave you with an undesirable color combination. Once the car reaches the PLPROD status, the configuration is not changeable.
The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is assigned by the time the car reaches the PRDPNT step. If the eleventh letter in the VIN is a U, your car is a Valmet build. If it is a S, yours is a Stuttgart build. The 10th letter of the VIN identifies the model year. A V is 1997, W is a 1998, X is a 1999, and Y is a 2000.
At various times, other codes may show up on the IDCS. For example, if you ordered Tourist Delivery. The complete list of IDCS codes are listed below.
[Thanks to Tina Todd at Beverly Hills Porsche for much of the information in this section.]
When your dealer gets the car, it will take a day or so to check it over, detail it, and get it ready for you. Remember, before you drive off the lot, call your insurance company and insure the car. You might want to do this before you leave for the dealer.
Expect to spend up to two hours filling out paperwork. Then your salesperson will check off delivery of the following items:
Next, your salesperson will walk you through all of the features of your car. Make sure you know how to get the hardtop on and off the car if you ordered that feature.
Although you probably want to start driving, don't do it. Walk around the car and examine every square inch of the car. Are there any scratches on the car? Is there any rust on the wheel bolts? Any flaws in the interior? Is the leather perfect, with no nicks or misdyed areas? After you drive off the lot, you will have a hard time proving that you didn't put the scratch in the car. If there are any problems get the dealer to note them in writing.
Porsche requires dealers to deliver your car with a full tank of gas. The car should have between 25 and 45 miles on the odometer. Porsche takes all cars for a test drive of variable length. If it has more than 45 miles on the odometer, your dealer may have taken somebody for a test drive in your car. Valmet built cars will actually have a smaller number of miles on the odometer than Stuttgart builds, because conditions in Finland are less conducive to long test drives.
Consider waxing the car within the first 24 hours. This will force you to look at the entire surface of the car to find something that you missed at the dealer.
The owner's manual says not to exceed 4200 r.p.m. for the first 1000 miles (or 1000 kilometers if you're in a country that uses the metric system). However, the general consensus is:
Read the owner's manual! Then read it again!
Porsche offers its customers the option (for a price) to pick-up their car at the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen. It is an opportunity to see the place where "Porsches are born" and visit with others that are enjoying the experience of a new Porsche. The Tourist Delivery option (Option TD4) costs $1150 and includes the following:
The Grand Tour includes social activities, factory tour, lunch at the Porsche factory, and a trip around the Porsche test track with an engineer. It also covers insurance on the car while in Germany and the import fee. PAG provides two weeks of insurance for your Boxster while you are in Europe. If you are going to stay longer, PCNA will arrange for additional coverage. An extra two weeks costs $200, which is paid when the car is picked up.
Berkeley Johnson's web site, http://www.industryfigure.com/berkeley/Porsche/Germany/TouristDelivery.htm , includes a good account of his experience with tourist delivery.
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