Hi. I have been looking to get a macan s, I live in NYC. I think I want pasm, which doesn't seem to be on any of the cars on the dealer's sites Ive looked at.Anybody have a recommendation about a dealer within 3-400 miles or so that I can order from.
I've never ordered a car, is it complicated?
Some thoughts for you, in addition to the NYC-area dealer suggestions already made by others.
I had ordered only one car before ordering our '18 S, in my 50 years of buying cars. That was a Mazda 3 hatch, in the first year that they came out, I think. That was a trivial experience with our local Mazda dealer, because it wasn't so much choosing among hundreds of options as just waiting a month or so for the color we wanted.
Ordering a Porsche, I discovered in 2017, is a whole 'nother realm. What happens here is that you get to personalize the car, if you like, to your tastes and budget, so very few cars wind up with the same set of options.
The first thing, I'd say, that you have to do is settle on an engine and its state of tune: Base, S, GTS, Turbo, and Turbo with PPK; at least that has been the case for the last four or five years with the Macan.
By whatever means -- test drives are my recommendation, or seeming delivery availability and EPA and CARB approval of the latest models, or some other factor -- you indicate that you've picked the S, so that's done.
Next, you have to just go through the options available on Porsche's on-line Configurator, https://www.porsche.com/usa/modelsta...delrange=macan
. And start considering and picking options.
If you need help with this, that's what the folks on this forum will provide.
For instance, there's an option called Cargo Management System (CMS). I had no idea what that was, and two years ago the additional "Info" button for that said, in its entirety
, "Cargo Management System." (It's a much better explanation now -- I just looked.) So I asked about it here, and was provided with a full explanation, links to videos, etc.
Similarly, many folks ask about the utility and desirability of the various suspension and handling options.
So you do that research here, or ask an SA various questions, and so forth, and you come up with a Build, i.e., you tell the Configurator to save your combination of options, and it will do so, with a unique identifier. And you can save off as many as you like, and eventually provide an SA with one of them -- and maybe the folks here, first -- as they have access to them, given your build ID.
After doing our build, I did another one, throwing everything possible at an S. That build wound up just north of $140K -- starting with an S -- so the other point to keep in mind is that you have to be selective, unless your budget makes that sort of thing chump change.
You can submit your build to any P dealer you like, or multiple ones, anywhere in the country, as far as I know. An SA may offer you a price, will probably want to make suggestions regarding adding this or that to your build, and so forth.
There are long threads here on discounts obtained by using dealerships in various parts of the country. If you can't find them, just ask.
If you're most comfortable dealing with a local dealership, and you want to build rapport, then you have the suggestions earlier in this thread.
If that's not that important to you, you can work with dealerships farther afield. I've read some posts here about folks buying distant cars, and having them shipped in enclosed trailers to them (possibly negotiating with the selling dealership regarding transport charges).
Another option is taking delivery at the Atlanta or Los Angeles Porsche Experience Center (PEC); see https://www.porschedriving.com/
. Or in Germany, for that matter, and there are a few threads here from folks who've done that. If you can afford the time and travel costs, that seems hard to beat.
Back to the US, if you specify (near the end of the Configurator) one of those two PECs, your car will be delivered there, and, based on their scheduling needs, you'll be given a choice of dates to pick it up. You get a lunch, a tour, and an hour-and-a-half of driving. You can get an idea of what that's all about in some threads here, or even an article from a few days ago in Automobile's site: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/9...nce-center-la/
My wife and I chose to have delivery at the Atlanta PEC. This was in Oct. 2017, for an 2018 S ordered in Aug. 2017. And it was right before Porsche started charging c. $400. In any event, you still have to foot the bill for lodging and other travel costs.
We live in the Albany area -- ya know, your capital -- and wound up buying from a dealer in Atlanta. This is complete coincidence regarding being in the same city as the Atlanta PEC, so don't get confused with that. But it brings up this aspect of buying: if you're taking delivery at one of the two PECs or in Germany, it doesn't matter where you buy the car, in the sense that the car will NOT be delivered to that dealer. Just something else to keep in mind.
In our case, we've never been to that dealership, and never met the SA. This was all done via phone, email, FedEx, etc. At the end of my gallery (link below), you can see how we made a nice vacation drive home out of that.
So, I hope you find some of this useful and germane to your question.