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    #1 Aug 7, 2019
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    Hey all, while I'm guessing some of you already know this, I figured I'd do a brief how to on how your track the shipping vessel your car is on. It's pretty common for BMW M car purchasers to track their respective ships, so I'll share I what I learned tracking two M cars in the past.

    Your sales rep will be able to see when the vehicle has or is expected to leave port. Once Toyota's order system shows the vehicle has left, they sales rep can call Toyota North America to obtain the Vessel Name and ID#.

    As a side note: If I'm remembering correctly, BMW CAs can see this directly on their order screen. Which would explain the call to Toyota NA.

    Today my sales rep was able to get my vessel information: 343 OCENAUS LEADER

    There are a few websites you can use, but I personally use www.vesselfinder.com (aka, VF) because it is free. The downside to the free service is that the open water updates are slow and are not in real time. You can use a pay site like www.fleetmon.com for frequent open water updates.

    You can track the vessel in nearly real time while it is in radio range of the shoreline.

    With a bit of Google-fu you can find the vessel schedule on the shipping company's website. Using VF I see that my vessel is owned by the NYK group from the vessel's photo:


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    Doing a quick search for NYK vessel schedule yields this:



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    Side Note: RORO means Roll On Roll Off

    Pick the schedule the corresponds to Europe to USA or East to West. Using this schedule below I confirmed that my car will make port around Aug 28. Which port depends on what part of the country you're in, but generally Denver west will be from Hueneme in California, South central states come through Houston, and east coast and northern states may come through Jersey.

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    Have fun and post up below if you can find your car!

    Here's mine as of Aug 4:
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    With fleetmon, you can sign up for a free account and get some info the free sites don't show. You can also purchase sat tracking for 14 days for $16, which might be worth it if you are really curious to follow your ship's progress across the Atlantic to the US (without satellite tracking, you'll lose all updates once the ship gets out of range of the European coast).

    Some shipping companies will let you search/track a vehicle by VIN, so if you have that you might not even need to pester someone from Toyota for the ship name.
     
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    I remember this when I did a euro delivery on my old bimmer, most painful few months of my life. It’s like checking for an amazon package but you are desperate for it.
     
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    This is really neat. I’d be curious to how they load the cars...are they driven o stacked like an aircraft carrier or in shipping containers?
     
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    When you ask your dealer to call “Toyota North America”, I assume they’ll know who to call?

    That sounds like a blanket label for a bunch of possible people! I’d like to give my dealer a shout tomorrow and see if I can’t do this. It’s out on a boat right now.. somewhere..

    Pretty neat stuff. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    They actually just drive them on and off the vessel like a ferry.

    They should know who to ask; I'm sure there is a dedicated line/specialist for Supra order status since it's a unique situation.
     
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    Thanks for the sticky!
     

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