Originally Posted by capitalst
Anyone know how long it takes to get out to a dealership in Chicagoland from the factory? My guess is that it would probably be there by Monday or Tuesday. What's your experience or thoughts?
Not sure of timelines for the early vehicles of the season, but my experience is that, after being built, vehicles wait in storage a random number of days for the rail car to arrive, and then to be loaded on a car and then for the cars to be assembled into a train. Best case seems to be three days from built to departing Detroit, most take at least 10 days, some are stuck in storage for near a month.... and there are exceptions.... Once the car is on a train that has departed the Detroit area, the car will show up at most dealers within a week.
So like roll three or four die and add the numbers. The sum is about as good an estimate as any....
The Jeep provided estimates are always optimistic, and based more on the best case scenarios. They don't seem to have much control over the rail situation. My buddy's red tag just slowed things down we think
If you have a VIN, sign up as a site supporter and Milous will give you tracking info, giving you reliable visibility of where the vehicle is in the system. You can also see how others are coming along to get an idea what may be happening.
Depending on the vehicle option, the sequence is something like the following:
C – tentative schedule
D – firm schedule: serial number is assigned.
D1 – gateline: plant has sequenced the unit for production, estimated ship date assigned
D2 – gateline: framing and build imminent, usually within 3-6 days
E – framing
F – paint
G – trim
I – unit is pending final inspection
J – vehicle has passed final inspection, but has not been released to carrier
JB – shipped to body vendor
JE – shipped to emissions
JJ – consigned body vendor
JS – shipped to storage
KZ – released by plant and invoiced
From D1 to KZ is usually around 10 working days, unless parts are missing or late (often) or they find something that needs corrected (unusual). I've noticed there have been some 2012 built and are on hold in storage waiting for trains (or Chrysler go ahead for delivery).