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January 14, 2008

'Those cars with light damage will be repaired at the Elizabeth Receiving Facility and sold through BMW's dealer network as new cars'

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The news above is not going to be very well received by BMW nation.

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Just in from Elux Troxl, the following report:
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Ferry incident with new US-bound BMW M3s

The Courage tipped today at the port in Jersey City causing major damage to over 300 BMWs — not including 70+ BMWs that were total losses.

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A majority of the destroyed vehicles were M3s (mostly in dark blue) with a variety of 3ers and 1ers smashed up as well. A small number of the cars destroyed had German Tourist plates on them. Those European delivery customers will NOT be getting their cars back.

If you were expecting your M3 or e90/92 in the next month, you're going to be in for a sad surprise.

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Those cars that were a total loss will be crushed. I asked a BMW rep who stated that they will not be auctioned as there is a liability for letting those cars on the road. The shipping company's insurance is footing the bill. I do not know how they will handle those cars that are already owned by the European Delivery customers.

Those cars with light damage will be repaired at the Elizabeth Receiving Facility and sold through BMW's dealer network as new cars.
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Pictures of the incident's aftermath accompanying the M5 message board post appear above and below.

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As Steve commented on the M5 board, "I guess now if I order a 4-door M3 I definitely want one with a build date after January 14, 2008."

Prediction: Within 24 hours BMW will recant and issue a notice that no such thing as stated in the headline up top was ever considered, and that the damaged cars will be scrapped as well.

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Trust me....

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Silly to crush those beyond repair - why not strip for spares?

Posted by: Skipweasel | Jan 16, 2008 9:13:46 AM

BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore, 116 S.Ct.1589 (1996), See, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_v._Gore

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jan 16, 2008 7:39:03 AM

At least they will not be shipped by any illegal uship carriers. The scams will have to stop for a while on uship.com until they get these cars fixed. Then hopefully they will not be one of the stolen ones on uship once repaired and ready for shipping

Posted by: jeff | Jan 14, 2008 5:36:08 PM

This reminds me or reading of a similar incident in one of the car magazines. A ship filled with Ferraris, Porsches, Benzes, Jags and the like was crossing the Atlantic. Though the cars were chained down, one broke loose in heavy seas and started a reaction. The crew couldn't intervene because of the tons of metal smashing around. Millions of dollars of luxury cars were destroyed. C'est la vie.

Posted by: Al Christensen | Jan 14, 2008 1:58:24 PM

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