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how long after production?

So I'm wondering how long it will be before I get my Mini.
The owner's lounge says it is scheduled for production Nov 15. My dealer says I'll have it in Dec. I just don't think it could get done and get here that quick.
How long did it take all of you to get yours after the scheduled production date?
I so want it in time for Christmas!
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Cool oops

I guess I never scrolled down far enough to see there is a whole thread about this. I'll just go read and learn...
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Have you read the FAQ's?

FAQ: How long does it take for a MINI to go from the factory to a US dealer?
It varies greatly.

Once a MINI comes of the end of the production line things may just fall into place and the car will move through the distribution chain very quickly. Or, there may be one or more delays.

In a simplified form, this is the distribution chain for cars going to the mainland USA:

Assembled in MINI factory in Oxford, UK
Shipped by train to the port of Southampton, UK
Placed aboard a ship
Ocean transit
Removed from ship at VPC
VPC inspects and QCs cars
VPC releases to enclosed truck for delivery to dealer
Dealer prepares and delivers car to new owner

If the timing and logistics are just right, a MINI will sail through this process relatively quickly. However, if any one part is just a little off, a series of delays may begin. This may start with the MINI spending a week or more waiting at the factory grounds in Oxford before being shipped by train to the docks in Southampton. Once at the docks, a MINI may quickly get aboard a ship, or it may play the waiting game, being scheduled to board a ship, only to be pulled off and stuck waiting for the next available ship. This is because some of the MINIs are 'waitlisted' by the shipping company, and may be bumped only to go back to 'waitlisted' status, trying for space available on the next ship.

Following ocean transit, a MINI arrives off the ship at a BMW-owned Vehicle Processing Center (VPC). The MINI may be at the VPC for just several days or it can stay in limbo for three weeks or even longer. It is at the VPC that the MINI undergoes final inspections and quality control, including rectification of faults or updates of components or software. Once all the hurdles are cleared at the VPC, MINIs are transported via enclosed car transporter truck to dealers. Obviously the greater the distance from the VPC to the dealer, the longer the trip will take.

The quickest time from factory floor to the US MINI dealer may be as soon as under four weeks to an east cost MINI dealer if everything falls into place just so. (Ocean shipment to the west coast naturally takes longer - typically at least two additional weeks). However, because of a variety of circumstances MINIs may take six to eight weeks (or even longer) after being built before showing up at a MINI dealer.
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