US --- Mysteries of the Vehicle Distribution Center (aka VPC)
For MINIs going to the US, the stage of the journey between ocean shipping and truck transport to the dealer is the Vehicle Distribution Center (also known as VPC: vehicle processing center).
There is a rumor that some serious quality control work is being done to US MINIs at the VPC. Some new owners tracking the progress of their cars have reported that their MINIs have spent up to 2 weeks at the VPC before being taken to the dealers. And at least one MINI was delivered to the dealer with 13 miles on the odometer, which seems to show it was thoroughly road tested before being released.
Although we all are impatient to get our MINIs, it's certainly worth the wait to get a car that has been inspected and fully sorted out. So I'm glad to see MINIUSA is taking the time to get things right.
So, 3 questions to those of you in the US who recently tracked and now have your new MINIs:
1. How long was it at the VPC?
2. How many miles were on it when you picked it up?
3. How is the quality?
+ 2002 MINI Cooper S - Dark Silver / White roof, Sport, Premium, Lapis blue leather
+ 1965 Mini Traveller - Tartan Red / White roof, 1275, Cooper S discs, fully restored/renewed
Started tracking my mini on April 9. It was at the VDC that day, with an estimated delivery to the dealer on April 16. But it is not at the dealer as of today (April 21). So it looks like it will be at the VDC for at least 2 weeks.
One more thought as to why it takes so long: Mini dealer mentioned that they are sharing space on the delivery truck with the BMW dealer. I suspect that someone waiting for the $50K Beemer gets priority over us folks waiting for the $20K Mini!
Feb or March, 2002: Assembled
March 22, 2002: Received at terminal (Southampton)
March 25, 2002: Loaded on vessel
April 4, 2002: Discharged (New York)
April 5, 2002: Delivered to VPC
April 18, 2002: Released from the VPC, loaded on truck for VA
April 20, 2002: Arrived at dealership
April 22, 2002: TAKING DELIVERY
So, it spent a good 2 weeks at the VPC. At least the dealer can tell you when it's done in NJ and on it's way to you . This evening I will post with the number of miles and any details about the quality (I expect nothing less than perfect).
Well, my Mini has been at the VPC since April 5 or 6. The owner's lounge still says the estimated delivery date is April 16, but it is already April 25. What could they be doing with the car at the VPC for 3 weeks? Should I assume that it has failed some tests and has lemon potential?
Folks at the dealer (Don Rosen Mini) just nicely shrug their shoulders and say, 'we'll call you when it gets here.'
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