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My car is on the boat.

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I'm on the Orphan List at my local smartcenter Dealership and I had gotten a call 25Apr08 around 9am EASTERN USA time from the smartcenter Virginia Beach VA USA and the Dealership Manager ask me if I wanted a Blue/Black Passion and I inquired as to what options the car had as he replied that it was the Passion model with NO other options. On the Orphan list you can specify what "preferences" you want in an Orphan or depending on how desperate you are just take what comes along. My reserved car was the same colors but with ALL options so I thought for a moment and told the Manager I would have to pass on the Orphan offer because at this particular dealership they ask you two times if you want the Orphan that they have available then they continue to the next person on the Orphan list and this was the first call for me. I was number 18 out of 125 people on the list.

I sent the Dealership Manager an email as to the exact options that I was looking for as well as my reservation number xxxxxx1243 and what type of vehicle that I had reserved and about an hour or two later he had called me back saying that my car was on the boat!!! Fate maybe I don't know but in a way I'm glad that I chose not to take the offered Orphan and in the process made someone happy down the list.

I tried to find out more information so I could track the boat but my Manager could not find the VIN number and I read in another thread that it takes a few days from when the boat leaves that the VIN number "pop-up's " in the dealers super secret 'smart' computer once the boat has left France or whatever port they leave from. I suppose I'll hear something more in a few weeks and hoping that I'll finally get the smart that I've been wanting since I reserved 29May07.

to reiterate from another thread and hopefully they don't mind me reposting that if you are trying to track your smart it can be done here:

Tracking a PO number- choose 'Cargo Tracking' then ' Customer Reference Number' Make sure you include the initial zero (ie 0570170000) If you click on 'Cargo id ' (which is your VIN - by the way) you can get more information.

Tracking a "stock" number- apparently this is just another version of the PO number. ie 5721331. Remove the initial 5 and add 05701 on the front instead, this should be your PO number.

Tracking by VIN number- choose 'Cargo Tracking' then 'Roro cargo' and enter your VIN number. The 'Customer Ref. Nbr.' is your PO number.

Tracking a ship by name- choose 'Schedules' then 'Search by Vessel' If the vessel has a 2 word name just enter the first or you get an error message.

Oh, and by the way, your number probably won't register for a couple of days after the ship sails. So don't panic.

Edited by Razorback

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Congratulations Razorback on your good news! I hope the boat encounters smooth sailing and gets here quickly so your delivery date is soon. :D Happy motoring!wayneo66

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Cargo Status History

Cargo Id : WMEEJ31X88K152397

Booking Number : DEBRB646825

Bill Number : MEF813BAL02


Port of origin : BREMERHAVEN

Voyage : EF813-TLE

Port of Destination : BALTIMORE, MD

Priority :

Customer Ref. Nbr: 0871610555

This information includes the status, status dates, and location of cargoes during transit with WWL and does not indicate availability of cargoes for delivery.



Time(dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm)



28/04/2008 11:05



09/05/2008 11:03



09/05/2008 11:04



19/05/2008 00:00

Spoke with smartcenter VirginiaBeach personnel on May 22, 2008 and was told to expect vehicle at Dealership ETA to be Jun 03, 2008.

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Sounds like you should have your new smart soon! Post pictures when you get it!Congratulations!

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small update

pun intended.

soon oh so very soon... I went back to the smartcenter VirginiaBeach on May 23, 2008 to purchase some accessories. I was told that the date of arrival changed yet again to the 26th of May 2008. Evidently as I know from driving semi trucks in the past, sometimes it's difficult to predict exactly when the driver will arrive at it's destination but also from what I have been told is that once you get a date from the smartcenter dealership it is pretty accurate so... any day now.

I will post pictures of my smart soon after I put all those accessories on it and it is ready for public display and then I hope to coordinate some activities with fellow smarts here in the HamptonRoads area and whomever else would like to attena some sort of smart get together. Stay tuned.

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