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Have never ordered a car much less an Audi.
Have been pretty lucky the dealers have always had the combo I wanted.

What's the wait time for an ordered Q3 at the moment?
Looking for a aluminum+chestnut combo interior.
Exterior is mythos or monsoon or florett in that order.

The lack of availability of Q3's with Aluminum inlays + chestnut leather is problematic east of the Mississippi.

Any thoughts on how I should play this & without paying over invoice?
 

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My recommendation: Tell a few dealers the combo you are looking for and let them find it for you. The Chestnut with aluminum is difficult to find. Are the wood inlays a deal breaker? I can tell you that they compliment the Chestnut perfectly - see my pics for confirmation! Since you are flexible in your specs you have leverage to accept a car that gets you 'close' to your ideal Q3. I had less leverage on my wife's Q3 as she was very specific on her config. I had more leverage on mine since I was a bit flexible - I did not really want sport seats/drive select - but the rest of the car was good for me. My local dealer got my wife's car in. I drove 100 miles to get mine. Q3s are trickling in so you should be able to find what you want easily. If they straight order it would be 75-90 days according to me dealer. You are open to 3 exterior colors so you should be able to find one pretty quickly.

Good luck, John
 

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My recommendation: Tell a few dealers the combo you are looking for and let them find it for you. The Chestnut with aluminum is difficult to find. Are the wood inlays a deal breaker? I can tell you that they compliment the Chestnut perfectly - see my pics for confirmation! Since you are flexible in your specs you have leverage to accept a car that gets you 'close' to your ideal Q3. I had less leverage on my wife's Q3 as she was very specific on her config. I had more leverage on mine since I was a bit flexible - I did not really want sport seats/drive select - but the rest of the car was good for me. My local dealer got my wife's car in. I drove 100 miles to get mine. Q3s are trickling in so you should be able to find what you want easily. If they straight order it would be 75-90 days according to me dealer. You are open to 3 exterior colors so you should be able to find one pretty quickly.

Good luck, John
This is the hurdle at the moment.
Wood inlays + chestnut is a deal breaker.
 

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This is the hurdle at the moment.
Wood inlays + chestnut is a deal breaker.

Understood. You need to love the car so get the one you love the best. Patience will be your best ally.
 

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I live in the Midwest. Wanted Silver/gray but none within a 1000 miles. Locally only white and black. Purchased Glacier White with Chestnut. I like the wood inlays.
 

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I live in the Midwest. Wanted Silver/gray but none within a 1000 miles. Locally only white and black. Purchased Glacier White with Chestnut. I like the wood inlays.
Our Q3s are twins!
 

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Question for those who have bought: If an out of state dealer has the car, what are the protocols for my local dealer to go get it for me?
I guess, is there any incentive for him to get the car for me whether via dealer trade or buying it outright & reselling to me?

I found 3 cars with the combination I want but they are at dealers in other states.
 

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Your dealer should be able to do a dealer trade for the car - if there are 3, then there's a good chance he could get one. The ABS at your local dealer should've already offered to locate a car for you this way. It basically doesn't add any cost for you, but sometimes depending on how far away the transferring dealer is, may ring up some nominal costs. But usually both dealers are getting what they want and absorb these costs. If a car is moving coast-to-coast though, that's not very practical - but a 100 miles or so, is usually no biggie.

NOT every dealer is cooperative though or they think they want to keep the cars they have or your dealer may not have what the other dealer wants, yada yada boo boo -

Good luck - talk to your ABS soon -
 

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As an example, when I attempted to get a 2015 Q3 with my specs, my closest dealer told me I was "own my own," while another dealer about 15 miles further away went all out to find the vehicle I was looking for at other PNW dealerships.

When I finally decided to order a 2016 model, you can bet I went through the dealer and ABM that had originally helped me....not only were they the easiest to work with, they also gave me a very large discount....without me asking for one.
 

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Your dealer should be able to do a dealer trade for the car - if there are 3, then there's a good chance he could get one. The ABS at your local dealer should've already offered to locate a car for you this way. It basically doesn't add any cost for you, but sometimes depending on how far away the transferring dealer is, may ring up some nominal costs. But usually both dealers are getting what they want and absorb these costs. If a car is moving coast-to-coast though, that's not very practical - but a 100 miles or so, is usually no biggie.

NOT every dealer is cooperative though or they think they want to keep the cars they have or your dealer may not have what the other dealer wants, yada yada boo boo -

Good luck - talk to your ABS soon -

Thanks rnlabas.

Good info.
 

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Question for those who have bought: If an out of state dealer has the car, what are the protocols for my local dealer to go get it for me?
I guess, is there any incentive for him to get the car for me whether via dealer trade or buying it outright & reselling to me?

I found 3 cars with the combination I want but they are at dealers in other states.
Why not deal directly with those dealers?
 

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Why not deal directly with those dealers?
I am.

But there are logistical issues involved such as tranport & verification that may negate any price advantages.
 
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