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I know we still have some time before the 400z is available to buy, but does anyone have any advice on how to make sure I can get one as soon as humanly possible? This is my first new car purchase. Is it worth calling other dealers outside of my area to see if they can get one faster than my local dealership? Is that even "a thing"? I live in Hawaii so there is also the potential concern of putting a down payment down for a dealership in say, Seattle, and then having to wait for it to be shipped to me when I could have gotten one sooner through my local dealership in the first place.

I'm not a fan of dealerships. In general, I find they their interests aren't aligned well enough with the buyer's too well so I'm skeptical about what they say. Also, the markup on cars over here can sometimes be substantially higher than the cost of buying one on the mainland and shipping it here. Obviously, I could research any price differences by making a few calls.

Thanks for reading and for your advice! My first car was a '76 280z hand-me down from my mom. She had it repainted to match the anniversary model (black hood, silver body). I've been waiting for a long time for Nissan to build a new car that that reminds me of my 280. I wasn't sure if it would ever happen.
 

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Welcome to the forum @shakedog.

It is a thing and worth reaching out to other dealers. I'm just not sure how much the delivery timeline will vary between them. A good first step is to call around and ask if they have a waiting list you can get on. That way when order books officially open, you can be among the first.

[email protected] might be another option too. Check out this thread:
 

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Welcome to the forum @shakedog.

It is a thing and worth reaching out to other dealers. I'm just not sure how much the delivery timeline will vary between them. A good first step is to call around and ask if they have a waiting list you can get on. That way when order books officially open, you can be among the first.

[email protected] might be another option too. Check out this thread:
Thank you for taking the time to reply! This is excellent advice. Man I am so excited to get my hands on this car and learn everything about it inside and out. [email protected] sounds amazing!

I keep reading that it will be available in Spring of 2021, but I guess there’s still some concern that it won’t be officially out until 2022. Sure would be a shame to have to wait another year, but I’ve been waiting for 26 years so another one won’t kill me.
 

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Thank you for taking the time to reply! This is excellent advice. Man I am so excited to get my hands on this car and learn everything about it inside and out. [email protected] sounds amazing!

I keep reading that it will be available in Spring of 2021, but I guess there’s still some concern that it won’t be officially out until 2022. Sure would be a shame to have to wait another year, but I’ve been waiting for 26 years so another one won’t kill me.
Glad I can help!
Tell me about it, I haven't been this excited for a Japanese sports car for quite some time.
If the dealers you reach out to say they'll enroll in the [email protected] program, can you share that info the thread I linked above?
What are you driving around at the moment? Won't mind learning more about the Z cars you had.
 

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Glad I can help!
Tell me about it, I haven't been this excited for a Japanese sports car for quite some time.
If the dealers you reach out to say they'll enroll in the [email protected] program, can you share that info the thread I linked above?
What are you driving around at the moment? Won't mind learning more about the Z cars you had.
Yes. I'll share that info. I may decide to play it safe and just go with my local dealer if I get a good vibe. My main concern is being stuck on a list somewhere while the Zs are out on the streets. That would be hard to watch haha. That '76 is the only Z I ever had. It was a 2+2. I've sort of been a muscle car guy since then, but the moment I saw the new Z, I knew it was what I've been waiting for. I'm driving a lousy Honda CRV right now and cannot wait to get back into a sports car. Few things in life excite me as much as the new Z right now. My deposit is ready :)
 

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Keep us all posted -- I'm also counting down the minutes before I can get my hands on this new 400Z. I'm in Canada but I'm hoping we'll get the car the same time as our American cousins. I spoke to a local dealer and they literally had less information about the car than I already knew about it :). I'm like you - I will go insane if this car gets delayed to 2022. I've got my fingers crossed for the Spring 2021date I've read on some reviews.
 

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Keep us all posted -- I'm also counting down the minutes before I can get my hands on this new 400Z. I'm in Canada but I'm hoping we'll get the car the same time as our American cousins. I spoke to a local dealer and they literally had less information about the car than I already knew about it :). I'm like you - I will go insane if this car gets delayed to 2022. I've got my fingers crossed for the Spring 2021date I've read on some reviews.
Sure hope our Canadian friends will get to order at the same time as us here in the States. It's been frustrating the only news we're hearing is about design and driving impressions, but NOTHING on the mechanical, electronics side of the new Z to gauge performance potential. I sure hope some of the GT-R underpinnings carry over, data logging too.

I visit this site once in a while, not as often as before, hoping for someone posting new info. Nissan is not doing a good job.
 

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Yes. I'll share that info. I may decide to play it safe and just go with my local dealer if I get a good vibe. My main concern is being stuck on a list somewhere while the Zs are out on the streets. That would be hard to watch haha. That '76 is the only Z I ever had. It was a 2+2. I've sort of been a muscle car guy since then, but the moment I saw the new Z, I knew it was what I've been waiting for. I'm driving a lousy Honda CRV right now and cannot wait to get back into a sports car. Few things in life excite me as much as the new Z right now. My deposit is ready :)
You'll have to keep pressing dealers for an answer and ask all sorts of questions. A good start will be with initial allocation numbers and how many have been called for. If we can stay on top of that and share the info here, then I'm sure being among the first new Z owners will be likely.
 

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You'll have to keep pressing dealers for an answer and ask all sorts of questions. A good start will be with initial allocation numbers and how many have been called for. If we can stay on top of that and share the info here, then I'm sure being among the first new Z owners will be likely.
Great advice....here in Australia, it’s a similar story. Dealers know nothing. Even when I have contacted the central head office asking questions, I’m met with deathly silence.
I’d say it has something to do with trying to sell their existing 370Z stock, but if you want a 400 then your not going to be tempted into a 370 this close to launch, so they might as well give us some details in my opinion
 

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Welcome to the forum @shakedog.

It is a thing and worth reaching out to other dealers. I'm just not sure how much the delivery timeline will vary between them. A good first step is to call around and ask if they have a waiting list you can get on. That way when order books officially open, you can be among the first.

[email protected] might be another option too. Check out this thread:
My concern with this is the site crashing when orders open up. A cousin of mine tried to pre-order the new Bronco from Ford and it was a complete nightmare. Maybe Nissan can figure something out to avoid this.
 

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My concern with this is the site crashing when orders open up. A cousin of mine tried to pre-order the new Bronco from Ford and it was a complete nightmare. Maybe Nissan can figure something out to avoid this.
The Z will not have the same draw that the Bronco had. This world loves buying SUV's, not sports cars.

I plan on reaching out to multiple dealers to put in an order as soon as possible. Whichever one seems to know what they're talking about and won't charge above MSRP will get my business.
 

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The Z will not have the same draw that the Bronco had. This world loves buying SUV's, not sports cars.

I plan on reaching out to multiple dealers to put in an order as soon as possible. Whichever one seems to know what they're talking about and won't charge above MSRP will get my business.
Have you already been scouting dealers to see which one you're going to order from? Or are you waiting for the reveal?
 

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I plan on reaching out to multiple dealers to put in an order as soon as possible. Whichever one seems to know what they're talking about and won't charge above MSRP will get my business.
Make sure you choose a fairly large store. A smaller store might blow smoke up your butt just to get your business but then not be able to deliver. But, I'm sure you've already thought of that.
 

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I know we still have some time before the 400z is available to buy, but does anyone have any advice on how to make sure I can get one as soon as humanly possible? This is my first new car purchase. Is it worth calling other dealers outside of my area to see if they can get one faster than my local dealership? Is that even "a thing"? I live in Hawaii so there is also the potential concern of putting a down payment down for a dealership in say, Seattle, and then having to wait for it to be shipped to me when I could have gotten one sooner through my local dealership in the first place.

I'm not a fan of dealerships. In general, I find they their interests aren't aligned well enough with the buyer's too well so I'm skeptical about what they say. Also, the markup on cars over here can sometimes be substantially higher than the cost of buying one on the mainland and shipping it here. Obviously, I could research any price differences by making a few calls.

Thanks for reading and for your advice! My first car was a '76 280z hand-me down from my mom. She had it repainted to match the anniversary model (black hood, silver body). I've been waiting for a long time for Nissan to build a new car that that reminds me of my 280. I wasn't sure if it would ever happen.
This is reaching you long after your initial post but for what it’s worth, here’s my opinion. Ordinarily I’d never buy a first year model, especially right when it launches or shortly thereafter. If you HAVE to have it soon, at least don’t buy from the first few shipments in the first few months because you’ll pay thousands over sticker and you’re also getting the initial batch that is more likely to have quality glitches than cars made later. That said, the Z is kinda more of an update than a new car - in a good way. The Q60 Red Sport power train has been out for years (not the manual transmission, obviously) and the suspension is supposedly just an update/modification of the long-running 370Z so there’s not an awful lot of new stuff (infotainment/electronics?) that one would typically worry about in a new model release. So there it is. I’d say this is a safer bet buying in its first year than most other models, so good luck to you. We’ll all find out more tonight at 8pm, won’t we?
 

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I know we still have some time before the 400z is available to buy, but does anyone have any advice on how to make sure I can get one as soon as humanly possible? This is my first new car purchase. Is it worth calling other dealers outside of my area to see if they can get one faster than my local dealership? Is that even "a thing"? I live in Hawaii so there is also the potential concern of putting a down payment down for a dealership in say, Seattle, and then having to wait for it to be shipped to me when I could have gotten one sooner through my local dealership in the first place.

I'm not a fan of dealerships. In general, I find they their interests aren't aligned well enough with the buyer's too well so I'm skeptical about what they say. Also, the markup on cars over here can sometimes be substantially higher than the cost of buying one on the mainland and shipping it here. Obviously, I could research any price differences by making a few calls.

Thanks for reading and for your advice! My first car was a '76 280z hand-me down from my mom. She had it repainted to match the anniversary model (black hood, silver body). I've been waiting for a long time for Nissan to build a new car that that reminds me of my 280. I wasn't sure if it would ever happen.
As I mentioned on another thread: I am in que for Ford Bronco.
1. Get on waiting list ASAP
2. Save Reservation number
3. Verify w/ local dealer that they can find your reservation number
4. Get a build /price sheet printed from your dealer (read fine print that YOU own the reservation and price is locked)
5. Why--Build is 2 years behind schedule: yet Ford is honoring 2020 pricing.
6. Why important: All these people talking trash about, "I'd never pay above MRSP", need to get real............a car that has a huge desire, will go up in price especially w/ Supply Chain and Inflation
7. Fact 2020 Bronco's at sales price of ~50k that have rolled off the lot are selling above 85k, and one was just actioned off for 125k another for 106k

Info--Do as you wish.
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Only a couple of domestic manufacturers are doing this.

Again, there are no pre-orders with this car.
 

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As I mentioned on another thread: I am in que for Ford Bronco.
1. Get on waiting list ASAP
2. Save Reservation number
3. Verify w/ local dealer that they can find your reservation number
4. Get a build /price sheet printed from your dealer (read fine print that YOU own the reservation and price is locked)
5. Why--Build is 2 years behind schedule: yet Ford is honoring 2020 pricing.
6. Why important: All these people talking trash about, "I'd never pay above MRSP", need to get real............a car that has a huge desire, will go up in price especially w/ Supply Chain and Inflation
7. Fact 2020 Bronco's at sales price of ~50k that have rolled off the lot are selling above 85k, and one was just actioned off for 125k another for 106k

Info--Do as you wish.
Cheers
There is no official Nissan pre-order. Any reservation you make will be up to that dealer to honor only.
 
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